Wales

A whole-school approach to children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been a recent key focus for the Welsh government.

The Curriculum for Wales, coming in 2022, features Health and Wellbeing as one of the key areas of learning, and wellbeing is woven through the other curriculum areas.

The government is developing statutory guidance for schools on a whole-school approach to mental health, and recently doubled the amount of funding available to local authorities to help them implement a whole-school approach.

This section of the site is designed to help you implement a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing in your school. Find out more about the challenges facing schools in Wales, the support available and how you can make a difference in your school.

 

Understanding the mental health landscape in Wales

Facts and figures about the mental health of children in Wales.

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Mental health on the curriculum in Wales

The Welsh curriculum is changing, and with it, a brand-new approach to mental wellbeing is coming.

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Mental health services for schools in Wales

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

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Showcase your provision for Estyn

The Estyn framework requires Estyn inspectors to routinely assess and report on pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.

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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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