Evaluation of behaviour change interventions: school nurse toolkit

Public Health England, February 2017

This toolkit aims to guide school nurses through evaluations and provides guidance on how to implement results to promote learning, make improvements and demonstrate the impact of interventions.

Click here to view the toolkit.

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What Really Matters in Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, November 2016

This report is based on the findings of the Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission, Chaired by Baroness Claire Tyler of Enfield.

The report makes a total of ten recommendations, including calling on governments to formally recognise schools as a crucial component of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health System in the following ways:

  • Schools should be able to teach children and young people about mental health in the same way they teach them about literacy or numeracy
  • Undertake mental health impact assessments to ensure that both schools/education policy and wider government policy and legislation are not detrimental to children and young people’s mental health
  • Ensure that schools are able to identify mental health issues and can easily signpost pupils to relevant support, either within the school or their local community, and have the accountability to do this.

Click here to view the full report.

Measuring and monitoring children and young people’s mental wellbeing: A toolkit for schools

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, October 2016

This toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population. This, in turn, will help school and college leaders make use of school and college level data to identify the mental wellbeing needs of students and determine how best to address them.

Click here to view the toolkit.

Lightning review: school nurses – children’s access to school nurses to improve wellbeing and protect them from harm

Children’s Commissioner, September 2016

This report finds that school nurses spend twice as much time on paperwork than on direct work with children in schools which potentially reduces their capacity to identify children at risk of neglect or abuse. The research also identified evidence that time pressures meant that the school nurse role in supporting and promoting child health and wellbeing, mental health, healthy relationships and sex education was being compromised.

Click here to view the full report.

Picture of health? Male representation in advertising & the media, and its effect on young boys

Advertising Association, August 2016

This report focuses on the way male models are portrayed in advertising and the media – particularly, whether boys are aware of digitally enhanced imagery and whether this impacts their behavior.

The researchers surveyed 1,005 boys from primary and secondary schools around the country to explore their attitudes towards advertising and body image, and conducted focus groups of boys aged 8 to 18 and with teachers, youth leaders and parents to understand the roots, effects and solutions to boys body confidence.

Click here to view the full report.

Body Image and Advertising resources Helping to build emotional resilience in young people at home and in the classroom

Media Smart, August 2016

Media Smart is a not-for-profit company that creates free educational materials for schools and youth organisations, for teachers and guardians, to help young people think critically about the advertising they come across in their daily lives.

The materials use real and current examples of advertising that we’re all familiar with to help teach core media literacy skills, and the organisation is funded by the UK advertising industry.

Click here to access the website.

Helping children to be safer, healthier and free of crime

Public Health England, October 2015

This pathway provides guidance to school nurses and youth justice professionals working with young people who are in the youth justice system or at risk of being involved. It sets out the rationale for effective partnership working and pulls together the core principles to help local areas develop their own local frameworks to support effective working.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.