Scotland

The mental health of children and young people has been a key focus for the Scottish government in recent years.

In 2018, the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force was set up, tasked with improving mental health services for children across the country. They have made recommendations including focusing on a whole-systems approach to mental health, and putting the voices of children at the centre of policy and programme change.

This section of the website will help Scottish schools develop a whole-school approach to children’s mental health, learning how to involve every part of the school community in developing a truly mentally healthy school.

 

Understanding the mental health landscape in Scotland

Facts and figures on the mental health of children in Scotland.

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Mental health on the curriculum in Scotland

The national curriculum in Scotland is known as the Curriculum for Excellence, or CfE.

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Mental health services for schools in Scotland

Understanding and mapping your local service landscape is an important factor in planning and improving children’s access to support.

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Preparing for school inspections

The 'how good is our school?' (HGIOS) framework that Education Scotland uses to inspect schools includes mental health and wellbeing as a focus.

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Parent/carer engagement

If schools want to develop a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing, engaging widely with all members of the school community is essential and should be a key part of a school’s mission and values.

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Children's voice

A whole-school approach means listening to the voices of everyone in the school community. This includes children as well as parents and carers, and school staff.

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Supporting staff wellbeing

Good staff wellbeing is essential for cultivating a mentally healthy school, for retaining and motivating staff and for promoting pupil wellbeing and attainment.

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