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Guidance

Old assumptions

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This table comes from the National Children's Bureau (NCB) ‘A whole school framework for emotional well-being and mental health - Supporting resources for school leaders’ document.  It recognises that in order to make a case for change, some assumptions may need to be challenged. The table highlights some of the shifts in thinking that underpin a whole school approach.  Every school is unique and as such, issues and assumptions will vary for each school community.

Multi-service CAMHS referral form

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This form can be used to refer to Step2 or specialist CAMHS via the single point of access (SPA).  Schools are able to refer directly to specialist CAMHS with parental consent.  A referral from a school is not less likely to be accepted than a referral made by a GP.  Training on referring to specialist CAMHS is available – see ‘Everything you need to know about mental health - almost!' in the training guide here.

Record of concern slip

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Record of concern slip - information for school mental health leads.

In the absence of an existing robust system, this slip will facilitate any member of staff with a concern to record and pass it on to the mental health lead or co-ordinator in school.  Remember that a minor concern for one person may not be significant, but if several members of staff each share a minor concern to a co-ordinator, the combined information may help to identify an emerging problem and enable early help.

Shelf help - support and advice for you

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Hertfordshire’s Libraries have a collection of books to help teens cope with the pressures of life.

You'll be able to find information and advice as well as personal stories.

The ‘Shelf Help’ books cover a range of issues such as dealing with issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.

The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries.

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