The city-wide Whole School Approach (WSA) to Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategic Board was set up in 2016, initially to steer a city-wide review of mental health support across Liverpool Schools. The report was published in March 2017 and from there the board developed an action plan to meet the recommendations from this report. Working with representatives from LLC, CCG, LLP, SIL, Merseycare, and the Liverpool CAMHS partnership, work was carried out to support schools in several aspects of MHEWB
- Developing and delivering training for designated mental health leads in schools
- Developing a model MHEWB policy for schools (available on the CAMHS WSA webpage)
- Delivering support and training for families
- Continuing to promote positive mental health in schools
- Working with head teachers to support schools to develop a whole school approach
Liverpool’s WSA model, built upon a public health WSA model, guides schools to develop and build their own WSA to mental health and emotional wellbeing. The outer rings of the model are ways in which the CAMHS partnership aim to support schools with their approach. Detailed information about this including a WSA self-assessment tool can be found on the CAMHS WSA webpage.
As we all have mental health it’s important that our Whole School Approach recognises that mental health support is for everyone in school and is ‘everyone’s business’. In consultation with Liverpool schools we developed the WSA mental health levels of need windsheild to illustrate appropriate interventions and levels of support in relation to mental health need.
The pathway model aims to support school staff in identifying the level of support needed for a child or young person, and also guides them as to what support is available. It is another step towards the national initiative to have fully trained mental health leads in all schools and will be utilised by the developing mental health support teams in schools.