Boosting Mental Health Support: Council News

Halton Borough Council has made a significant announcement in its commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of over 20,000 children in the area.

The council has recently approved a £300,000 contract to a supplier who will be responsible for providing training to teachers across 66 primary and secondary schools. The training programme, spanning three months, aims to equip educators with practical strategies to enhance the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and young people.

Aside from practical techniques, teachers will also delve into the science behind social and emotional development. Understanding how attendance, behaviour, and learning outcomes are interconnected will be vital in improving overall student welfare.

Charlotte Finch, Acting Director of SEND and Inclusion at Halton Borough Council, expressed her enthusiasm for the initiative, stating:

“In Halton, we are dedicated to nurturing the potential of our children and young people. Our goal is to provide schools with the tools they need to create a supportive environment for success. We want our youth to feel secure, valued, joyful, and empowered to achieve their full potential. Incorporating Thrive into all Halton settings is a key part of this vision. This partnership is incredibly promising and is poised to make a substantial, positive impact.”

The funding for this project has been sourced from the Department for Education’s Delivering Better Value fund. This fund aims to assist local authorities and partners in enhancing SEND service delivery for children and young people, ultimately striving to achieve financial stability.


Image credit: Halton Borough Council

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