Funded training for Mental Health Leads

One of the most effective ways to support the mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and school staff is through development and implementation of a whole school approach to mental health.  A key part of this involves designation of a Mental Health Lead, who is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and sustainability of the approach in a way that meets the needs of the school. Having a lead member of staff for mental health has several benefits, including:

  • Raising the profile of mental health in school
  • Signalling to pupils, parents/carers, staff, and the wider community that mental health is a priority
  • Ensuring mental health remains at the forefront of school operations and decision-making
  • Enabling information and training to be cascaded throughout school

To support schools in appointing a Mental Health Lead the DfE is offering a grant of £1,200 for eligible state-funded schools and colleges to train a member of staff. This grant is available until 31st March 2024, so time is running out to take advantage of this opportunity!

If your school has previously had a member of staff undertake the training who has subsequently left before a whole school approach was fully embedded, schools can now apply for a second grant to train a new Mental Health Lead.

The funding can be used to contribute to the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to cover supply staff costs whilst leads are engaged in learning.

There are currently no face-to-face training providers available locally, however available digital offers can be found here.

Not used the grant? Tell us why!

If you have not yet been able to use the grant we would be interested to understand why this may be the case, to see if there is anything we can do to facilitate participation in the training and ensure as many schools as possible in Devon have a Mental Health Lead. Please get in touch with us at dswp@devon.gov.uk.

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