Checklist of actions for schools to take


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​If your school is one of the 40 schools signed up to the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) programme in Warrington, you should undertake the following actions in preparation for your educational mental health practitioner (EMHP).

Communication and raising awareness:

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​Understand the remit and role of the EMHPs.
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​Ensure your wider school or college community is aware that you will be hosting a trainee EMHP and what a Mental Health Support Team is, including both their work and the principles and aims of the Government’s green paper
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​Ensure you have established a feedback loop between your school, your EMHP and the wider MHST.

Setting up processes and joint ways of working: 

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​Consider which pupils may be suitable for EMHP interventions.
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​Work with the MHST lead to set up a process for identifying and referring pupils or students for supervised support by the EMHP, and consider how this will fit into your school’s policy for gaining parental consent for mental health intervention. 
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​Agree protocols for information sharing related to children and young people (including GDPR agreements with NHS services and schools) with the MHST lead. This may form part of any initial partnership agreement or memorandum of understanding between the organisations. 

Resource: 

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​Ensure you have an MHST coordinator in place, who has capacity to meet regularly with the EMHPs and build close links with the MHST team and academic provider, to effectively support the EMHP during their training period.
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​Provide secure and confidential physical space to conduct one-to-one interventions, phone calls and group work, both in and outside of school hours, including school holidays.
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​Provide secure, lockable storage for sensitive paperwork relating to interventions and group work within your school that can always be accessed by the EMHPs.

Induction:


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​Prepare to embed the EMHP into your school community. Consider access to printing, a secure and locked space for storing belongings, access to your staff room and meetings with key staff members. This may include your SENCo, existing pastoral staff, your safeguarding lead, your PSHE lead and your heads of year. 
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​Help your EMHP feel welcome and become embedded into your school community. This could include:
  • Inviting them to a staff briefing
  • Send an introductory email with their photo to the staff body
  • Ensure the trainee is aware of key members of staff