Wellbeing Champions is a practical toolkit designed to support primary and secondary schools working with children to co-create a group of Wellbeing Champions. Full of detailed resources to support both the recruitment and training of children and young people to support others in their school settings, this book has been carefully created to ensure that emotions, self-care, resilience, communication and support systems are considered in order to promote and support positive mental health and wellbeing throughout the school setting.
Containing ideas for specific training as well as considering a whole school approach, the resources and tools have been designed to support practitioners, teachers, children and young people to find out what their school does well and to identify areas for development. With a wealth of photocopiable resources, including supervision and training sessions, risk assessments, application forms, feedback forms and certificates, this book offers:
- all the practical resources needed to recruit and interview children and young people for the role, including an outline job description and personal specifications
- a manual that enables teachers to recruit, train and develop the role of Wellbeing Champions within their school
- support to teachers and Wellbeing Champions to develop the role needed within their school
- easy-to-follow, user-friendly sections that can be easily adapted
- lessons and activities that support the Wellbeing Champions and help them understand their role and develop the knowledge and skills to support other young people
Packed full of activities to help promote and support social and emotional skills development and positive mental health and wellbeing within schools at KS2, KS3 and KS4, Wellbeing Champions is the ideal resource for teachers and practitioners, focused on pastoral development, mental health and wellbeing and social and emotional development in children and young people.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1: Thinking and finding out 2: Selection and Training: Creating Something Special Together 3: Supervision: Reflective Practice 4: Learn, Talk and Share: Developing the Role of the Wellbeing Champions
Alison Waterhouse has worked in mainstream, special education and the independent sector for the past 30 years, specialising in working with children with AEN, including Mental Health and Wellbeing. She has set up and developed an independent therapeutic special school, developed a role as Teacher in Charge of the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of the Whole School Community and has been an inclusion manager and deputy head in mainstream schools. She now works as an independent educational consultant for SEN and wellbeing, is involved in staff training and has her own educational psychotherapy practice. Alison works with children who are referred due to difficulties with self-esteem, anger, anxiety, depression and other Mental Health needs as well as children with learning differences. Alison is developing the Circles for Learning Project in schools a project that focusses on building positive foundations for mental health and wellbeing. She has undertaken a primary research project and completed an MA in educational research, looking at the impact of the Circles for Learning project in secondary schools, a project that focusses on building positive foundations for mental health and wellbeing. She has undertaken a primary research project and completed an MA in educational research, looking at the impact of the Circles for Learning project in secondary schools.