Swindon's Mental Health Award

As part of the Children and Young Peoples Joint Strategic Needs Assessment we carried out a Swindon schools survey to explore staff confidence levels in supporting emotion and mental health of young people. We needed to understand the types and availability of  local service providers and know which agencies schools predominantly worked with.

The survey analysis helped us identify the gaps in school staff knowledge and the capacity in which they could support pupils with mental health problems. It provided us - (the Public Health Team) - an opportunity to offer schools support, resources and guidance in these areas.

To ensure we can implement this support for all Swindon Schools and have an insight into the needs across Swindon, we developed the Swindon Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Award. The award provides schools with a framework to assess and develop a whole school and targeted approach to mental health and wellbeing.

All elements of  the award have been identified through review of best practice documents and guidance, including Department of Education, Public Health England and Ofsted.

The award is supported by Swindon Public Health, Swindon Healthy Schools and The Education Team at Swindon Borough Council, TAMHS and Swindon Mind, 

 The award is available for you to download.