Mental health issues affect children and young people as well as adults, with more than 850,000 children and young people in the UK having been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Since September 2014, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) has also become a category of special educational needs. In line with the government guidance ‘Mental Health and behaviour in schools’, children with a SEMH need will receive support in school, and if necessary may begin a pathway plan.
At Cheam Common Junior Academy, we endeavour to promote positive mental health. We offer a community of support, and will ensure that help our children to:
- build emotional resilience
- develop self-esteem
- develop confidence
- develop their social skills
- feel valued and a part of the school
We provide high levels of pastoral support at Cheam Common Junior Academy and offer support in the form of one-to-one pastoral support, emotional literacy support (ELSA) groups, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, and a curriculum underpinned by the UN Rights Respecting Schools agenda. We encourage children to talk about any issues that are worrying them, and train our staff to be mindful of children's emotional and mental wellbeing. Any concerns are passed to our pastoral lead, inclusion leader or designated child protection officer as appropriate to ensure children are properly supported in school.
We work in close partnership with outside agencies, including Surrey Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), the educational psychology team and behaviour support to ensure the best outcomes for our children.