Category Archives: Barnet Healthy Schools

Guidance: County Lines

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines

The Home Office has published guidance on county lines aimed at frontline staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults.

The guidance explains what county lines is and the nature of criminal exploitation to enable practitioners to recognise its signs, so that potential victims get the support and help needed.

To access the guidance click here.

Resources for use on social media have also been released to help raise awareness of the exploitation of vulnerable young people.

To access these resources click here.

Wellbeing Resources

National Literacy Trust research shows that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to have good mental wellbeing than children who don’t enjoy reading.

The Trust has worked with children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, to produce a series of free wellbeing-themed teaching resources for primary schools, secondary schools and parents.

The resources for Primary Schools include:

  • A wellbeing assembly PowerPoint
  • Teachers’ notes to help you deliver the assembly
  • A book list with titles for children organised in age ranges 0-3, 3-5, 5-7 and 7-11, including:
  • Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton
  • Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna
  • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

The resources for Secondary schools include:

  • A wellbeing assembly PowerPoint
  • Teachers’ notes to help you deliver the assembly
  • A book list including titles for children which includes young adult titles, including:
  • Wonder by R J Palacio
  • Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson
  • Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan

The resources for Parents include:

  • Top tips for parents to help their children have a happy and healthy outlook on life
  • A book list with books for all ages including very young children
  • More activities, book suggestions and tips on Words for Life

To find out more and download click here

Guidance on FGM

Multi-agency guidelines on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. This multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) should be read and followed by all persons and bodies in England and Wales who are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It replaces female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect children and women (2014).

The NSPCC have also produced a guide, Protecting Children from Female Mutilation (FGM) recognising, responding, prevention, legislation, resources and references.

Mental Health Resource for 11-14 year olds

The Anna Freud Centre has sent secondary schools an animation and assembly and lesson plans. These resources are designed to help young people talk about mental health and support their friends.
Alongside the animation, the Centre is also re-launching its national wellbeing directory which allows people to search for local mental health services for those up to age 25 by postcode; a jargon buster to help young people understand their options in simple language; and information about working with services and understanding treatments and referrals. The aim is to help children and young people understand and engage in mental health services and for those who feel disengaged from mental health services to find alternative support.

Anti-HBT Bullying Project Resources

The PSHE Association has been working with The Government Equalities Office (GEO) on their anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying project by reviewing and highlighting a range of resources produced by six project partners – Stonewall; Barnardo’s; The LGBT Consortium; Learn Equality, Live Equal; The Rainbow Flag Award; and the Metro Charity.

These organisations have been funded by the GEO to reduce the incidence of HBT bullying in primary and secondary schools in England by transforming the culture of how schools prevent and respond to the issue.

The PSHE Association has developed a shared standards framework to ensure consistency and quality of partner organisations’ work over the course of the project. Whilst much of their work has focused on training for school staff and others, they have also produced a range of materials for use in the classroom, including workshop packs, teaching resources, factsheets and posters. Their new online hub highlights materials produced by each project partner:

Download your free anti-HBT bullying materials

Mental Health in the Workplace

World Mental Health day takes place on 10 October

ACAS have guidance to help manage mental health in the workplace and have developed a new framework for positive mental health at work, for employers, employees and line managers.

Acas guidance and resourcesMental Health in the Workplace

Acas Chair, Sir Brendan Barber, introduces the new Acas Framework for Positive Mental Health at Work in his new blog.

Acas offers free e-learning on ‘Mental Health Awareness for Employers’. Register for Acas’ FREE eLearning courses here.