“In a climate of limited resource and rising demand there is clear and growing evidence that embedding psychological services in schools is an effective way of identifying and working with children and young people’s mental health needs. We believe psychologically healthy schools with support for the wellbeing of staff and students should be a priority.
“Schools can provide a setting in which we can work to improve the resilience and psychological wellbeing of children and young people to prevent the development of difficulties as well as intervening early when difficulties arise.”
The Review helps the understanding of:
• How schools can build cultures and develop resources aimed at building resilience, and ameliorate the negative impact of risk factors like poverty or bereavement.
• How the PHSE and wider curricula (together with models and support and appropriate resources) must be developed to tackle within school risk factors such as bullying and other social concerns, academic and sexual pressures.
• The need to train teachers in the delivery of those curricula.
• The importance of early recognition of problems and high quality assessments so that the right help is provided at the right time.