Author Archives: Wendy Craddock

Reducing Parental Conflict Hub (Early Intervention Foundation)

There is strong evidence that conflict between parents – whether together or separated – can have a significant negative impact on children’s mental health and long-term life-chances. Not all conflict is damaging, but where this is frequent, intense and poorly resolved it can harm children’s outcomes.

This hub is for local leaders, commissioners, practitioners and researchers who are looking to reduce the impact of parental conflict on children. It provides a central repository of key ‘what works’ evidence and tools, including why parental conflict matters for children’s outcomes, and guidance on how to take action. The hub will continue to grow as new evidence and tools are created.


Half of All School Children Feel Sad or Anxious Every Week

Barnardo’s has released figures from a new survey carried out by YouGov of 12 to 16 year-olds in England.

Almost half of children aged from 12 to 16 in England feel sad or anxious at least once a week with worries about their future and school their biggest concerns

By the age of 16, 70% report feeling sad or anxious at least once a week with nearly a quarter having negative feelings as much as once a day.

Nearly half of 12 year olds in England (48%) surveyed also felt this way at least once a week, with only two per cent in this age group saying they never had.

The survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s reveals what is troubling today’s children and how they can be better supported.

The results show the overwhelming majority of 12 to 16 year olds in England (75%) think it would be helpful if they had a counsellor or another professional at their school to talk to when they’re feeling down and upset.

They cited the main causes of stress as being school for 65%, their future for 42%, problems at home for 31%, being bullied for 25% (not including online) and their weight for 26%.

By the age of 16, stress at school was a worry for 83% of children in England and 80% were worrying about their future.

Social media has been an issue for 11% who worried about getting enough ‘likes’ or responses on social media, 12% were concerned about online bullying, while 15% said they have been troubled by something they’d seen on social media.

The polling also found that messages about the importance of talking about their feelings are getting through to children. When asked who they would talk to if they felt sad or anxious 38% said teachers, 71% said family members, 63% said friends.

Barnardo’s says schools have a key role to play as they can be stressful environments for children, especially around exam time. But they are also places where they can seek help from teachers and counsellors.

The polling results also show that children like to speak to a range of people when they are feeling troubled and call into question the Government’s Mental Health Green Paper proposal to train just one senior lead in each school about mental health. Barnardo’s says more needs to be done to make it easier for children to talk about their mental health at school.

To find out more click on the link:

Guidance on Sexuality Education

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An Evidence-Informed Approach (UNFPA)

This guidance presents the evidence base and rationale for delivering comprehensive sexuality education to young people in order to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals.

The guidance identifies the characteristics of effective comprehensive sexuality education programmes, recommends essential topics and learning objectives that should be covered in curricula for all learners, and outlines approaches for planning, delivering and monitoring comprehensive sexuality education programmes.

The guidance is for practitioners involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of sexuality education programmes both in and out of school, including: government education, health and other ministries; non-governmental organizations; youth workers and young people; and other stakeholders working on quality education, sexual and reproductive health, adolescent health and gender equality.

Click on the link to download this guidance document: International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education

New PSHE Resource: Promoting Resilience to Gambling

A new PSHE resource on promoting resilience to gambling has been launched by Demos and GambleAware, following a pilot study showing the effectiveness of such prevention education in schools. The PSHE Association were involved in the initial study and resource development and have granted the resource their Quality Mark.

This free resource includes three lesson plans, a teacher guidance booklet, supporting PowerPoint materials, lesson activities and handouts.

The materials will help your students to:

  • Identify risks and understand how to make good decisions in risky situations, in particular as regards gambling
  • Develop strategies to recognise and manage impulsive behaviour
  • Recognise unhealthy behaviours in others and develop strategies to help them
  • Understand the role and influence of advertising and develop socially responsible messages around gambling.

The resource intentionally considers ways to link in with teaching around drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviours to help teachers place this learning effectively within a broad and balanced PSHE education programme.

Whilst primarily aimed at year 10 students, the material could be adapted for students aged 13 upwards, based on maturity and needs.

Free Cultural Awareness in Sport Workshop (Barnet) – 29th March

London Sport ClubWorks have organised Sporting Equal’s Cultural Awareness in Sport workshop to help organisations to feel more confident when engaging diverse communities and cultures.

Cost: £5, refunded within 5 working days following successful attendance at the course.

This workshop will help you learn about the provision of culturally appropriate services in sport and physical activity settings. Cultural awareness entails an understanding of how a person’s culture may inform their values, behaviour, beliefs and basic assumptions. This workshop will include case studies and best practice as well as a chance to discuss issues relevant and local to you and your organisation.

Learning Outcomes from the workshop:

  • Understanding of BAME cultures and the barriers to sport participation for BAME communities
  • Success factors from good practice, case studies and how learning can be applied to local projects
  • How you can use sport to increase cultural awareness and cohesion
  • Marketing and community engagement factors

Who is it for?

Volunteers, Coaches or Officers with an interest in increasing their cultural awareness and the sensitivities of working with BAME groups from different backgrounds.

About the deliverer:

Sporting Equals are an independent charity whose aim is to promote ethnic diversity across the sport and physical activity sector. Our mission is to make a sustainable difference to the inclusion of all under represented communities in sport and physical activity so as to help increase participation, improve the long term opportunities and health outcomes of those communities as well as to grow elite level talent. We run a range of services including training to help support the sport and physical sector sector to ensure greater inclusion and diversity

Date and Time: Thursday 29th March at 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: International Gospel Church, 102A Watling Avenue, Edgware, HA8 0LN – A 2 minute walk from Burnt Oak Tube Station which is on the Northern Line.

For more information: please contact Kieran Connolly at


Mental Health Resources

Here are some recommended Mental Health resources:

How can I ask for help – a guide for young people
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have produced this guide for young people who are worried about themselves or a friend and want to prepare to talk to a trusted adult about their mental health for the first time.

Emotional Resilience Toolkit for Employers 
This practical guidance, produced by Business in the Community, promotes the resilience of individuals and teams in companies as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme. It’s created by employers for employers and should be relatively easy to adapt for a wide range of workplaces.

Printed Mental Health Resources
You can order a range of mental health resources from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.  These are fully funded by the trust (though donations are always welcomed) and include wellbeing action plans, depression warning signs posters and a self-harm guide for parents.

HeadMeds website
This website, by Young Minds, is aimed at young people who have been prescribed medication for a mental health condition. It explains side effects in a way that is both accessible and relevant to adolescents. The aim is to give young people straightforward and reliable information about mental health medication from a trustworthy source.