Staff Roles and Responsibilities
A Shared Responsibility
All teaching and non-teaching staff have a responsibility and important role in promoting and supporting the mental health and well being of children and each other. We understand some children will need additional help and we know all staff have a responsibility to look out for early warning signs to ensure children get the early intervention and support they need.
We recognise that many behaviours and emotional problems can be supported within the School environment, or with guidance from external professionals. We have links with mental health professionals and organisations that provide support with mental health needs to children and their families.
Pastoral Team and Mental Health Leads
- Lorraine Young (also Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Sarah Handcock (also Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Additional members of the Safeguarding Team
- James Oakley (also Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Victoria Walton
- Kerry Neate
Wellbeing Team and Mental Health Champions
- On behalf of staff - Lorraine Young & Paul Barton
- On behalf of children - Sarah Handcock, Lisa Webb & Steph Stead
Mental Health Concerns
If a member of staff is concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of a pupil, a parent/carer or another staff member, in the first instance they should speak to a member of our pastoral team – Lorraine Young or Sarah Handcock.
Only appropriately trained professionals should attempt to make a diagnosis of a mental health problem. Staff, however, are well placed to observe children day-to-day and identify those whose behaviour suggests that they may be experiencing a mental health problem or be at risk of developing one.
All staff should also be aware that mental health problems can, in some cases, be an indicator that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation. Where children have suffered abuse and neglect, or other potentially traumatic adverse childhood experiences, this can have a lasting impact throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. It is key that staff are aware of how these children’s experiences can impact on a child's mental health, behaviour and education.
If staff have a mental health concern about a child that is also a safeguarding concern, immediate action should be taken, following our Safeguarding Policy and speaking to the designated safeguarding lead or a deputy. If a child or adult presents a medical emergency then relevant procedures must be followed, including involving the emergency services.