Weekly update June 17th

Mental health and young people – new guidance for schools
New guidance published this week by the government will help teachers better identify underlying mental health problems in young people – meaning fewer pupils will wrongly be labelled trouble-makers.
Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said it would help ensure pupils with unmet mental health needs will get the help they need at an earlier stage. A 2012 Centre for Mental Health report estimates around 15% of pupils aged 5 to 16 have mental health problems that put them at increased risk of developing more serious issues in the future.
At the same time, it will enable teachers to be more confident in spotting those children who are simply behaving badly, and do not have a mental health issue.
The guidance, created by the Department for Education in consultation with headteachers, mental health professors and the Department of Health, is designed to ensure teachers are confident in finding help for at-risk pupils.
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Download the guidance here Mental_health_and_behaviour_in_schools

Update from the team
Last week our emotional health adviser, Liz Bates, was fortunate enough to attend two really exciting events. Here she gives a brief flavour of two contrasting days.
On Monday 9th June I was fortunate to attend a conference in London run by the Ethnic Health Initiative – ‘Islamic Psychology and Mental Health Services’. With some fascinating international speakers from academic, psychiatric and psychological backgrounds contributing to the day, I was given an insight into some specific areas of need and also how Islamic thought can be integrated into Western ideas around mental health and well-being. Most interesting for me was the consideration of how to apply the Islamic principles of gratitude, patience and hope to wellbeing and how cultural issues such as shame, stigma and ‘honour’ may influence emotional and mental health.
This was followed on Tuesday by a day’s training in Personal Safety run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. This was an excellent training and will enable me to not only share crucial training with colleagues at Services for Education but also to incorporate more personal safety for children and young people as part of Protective Behaviours. I will also be planning a training for schools in meeting with aggressive or challenging parents. Look out for more details of this in the new academic year.
If you would like more info on either of these areas please contact Liz on liz.bates@servicesforeducation.co.uk

The Birmingham Bike Tube Map
Sounds a bit weird but looks great and provides a really visual way of planning your cycle journeys on these long hot summer days and evenings. Available here.