Estimates suggest that between 50% and 66% of parents with a severe and enduring mental illness live with children under 18. That amounts to about 17,000 children and young people in the UK (The Mental Health Foundation). Research has shown that some children of parents with a severe and enduring mental illness experience greater levels of emotional, psychological and behavioural problems than children and young people in the rest of the population. This can affect children’s attendance, behaviour and attainment.
This course is an interactive, thought-provoking introduction to the topic which allows opportunities for sharing best practice and developing effective, evidence based strategies.
On completion of the session participants will:
- An understanding of the challenges which may face the children of parents with mental health problems
- An awareness of good practice in relation to supporting these pupils to do well in school
- Have improved their ability to communicate effectively with these pupils including the use of empathy
- Be able to talk authoritatively to colleagues about parental mental health and thus build capacity within school
- Receive quality assured resources
- Have developed a bespoke action plan
- Possess outcome measures for monitoring action plans
Pastoral leads and staff, SENCOs support workers, classroom teachers