Children's Wellbeing and Mental Health
The Mental Health Lead at Uffington Primary School is Stephanie Sheppard – The Assistant Headteacher and Wayland Class Teacher.
Below are a few ideas of where to go for help if you want to discuss your child’s wellbeing.
STEP 1: If you have concerns about the well-being of your child, please speak initially to your child’s class teacher or your doctor.
Possible support at early intervention stages: At this school, we have a home school link worker and qualified ELSA (Emotional Learning Support Assistant) in addition to our SNAST who can help identify the support your child might need.
STEP 2: Should your child need more specialised support, you, your doctor or teacher can make referrals to the services on offer in Oxfordshire, these include the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). You will find useful information on these services at https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/oxon/ Please be patient, this referral process can take some time.
Everyday Mindfulness techniques
At Uffington Primary School we use mindful techniques using the Mini Me yoga approach. If you would like a calm moment why not see if there are ideas to use at home on https://www.youtube.com/@MiniMeYogaTV/featured
Other organisations that may be able to help include:
Telephone: 0800 1111
Mental Health Innovations
you can text SHOUT to 85258
Shout is the UK’s first and only free, 24/7, confidential text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
Cruse Bereavement Support
Helpline: 0808 808 1677
Helping people through one of the most painful times in life – with bereavement support.
Oxfordshire Mind, in our local mental health charity. They have been campaigning for better mental health in Oxfordshire for over 50 years with their campaigning and support services. Like all local Minds, they are an independent charity that is proud to be affiliated with the national Mind association.