Glasgow’s education bosses make mental health in schools pledge

Evening Times

Originally published in the Evening Times

All schools are to be given the tools to make sure no child in the city “suffers in silence.”

Training at all levels of education is in place and senior staff want to build on Glasgow’s nurturing ethos.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years said: “Glasgow has for a long time been committed to early intervention and the use of nurture in all our schools to target the individual needs of our pupils to support their wellbeing and mental health.

“We don’t want any child in the city to suffer in silence and want to empower our schools and staff to raise awareness of mental health issues so that it’s no longer a stigma that it once was.”

A report going to the education, skills and early years city policy committee tomorrow details the ways children are being supported in education.

It describes how council bosses intend to develop Glasgow’s Mental Health Framework over the next three years.

One success includes the MCR Pathways programme in all secondaries, which matches care experienced young people with a mentor and which is to be expanded in schools.

Through funding from Education Scotland 37 Pastoral Care teachers were sent on the Scottish Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) Young People course in 2018.

The city is about to arrange for 10 Residential Child Care staff to become All Behaviour is Communication trainers so they can roll this out to every Residential Children’s Home in Glasgow.

From October 2017 to March 2018, some 536 young people in Glasgow schools received counselling through the LifeLink service.

Education bosses are finalising a three year plan to have two What’s The Harm – a self-harm prevention scheme – trainers in every secondary and, in the longer term, one in every primary.

Two staff in every secondary will also be trained in suicide prevention.

Councillor Soryia Siddique, Labour’s education spokeswoman, said: “It’s important there are robust support mechanisms in place and training of staff to detect mental health changes in children in Glasgow schools and nurseries.

“This includes access to vital mental health facilities.”

Mr Cunningham added: “It is a fact that many of our children and young people suffer from a variety of mental health problems and for many different reasons and it’s crucial that we not only have trained staff in our schools to identify issues but have the supports in place to help.

“This includes working with key partners and our health colleagues to make sure that we have the correct supports that best meets the needs of the child or young person.”

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