Our background and experience clearly demonstrate that we understand the school system and how it functions, from governance level, to meeting the child’s mental health and emotional needs, allowing our service to compliment Emotional well-being strategies that schools may already provide.
This higher-level understanding and experience helps shape our organisation and supports our staff team to work alongside the school system, enabling the children to achieve their potential.
As a service, we have been successful in gaining funding via Local Authority and NHS funding streams which demonstrates our fantastic reputation and quality assurance for schools.
Kalmer Counselling have lead on the delivery of Newcastle City Council’s ‘Targeted Mental Health for Schools’ project (TaMHS) for five years – supplying Newcastle’s 65 local authority schools with a Kalmer school counsellor.
This was initially funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Its aim was to transform the way that mental health support is delivered to children aged 5 to 13, to improve their mental wellbeing and tackle problems more quickly.
The TaMHS Programme was a mental health service to support children and young people, and their families, predominately in the 5-13 age range who may be at risk of, or already have identified mental health difficulties. TaMHS supported the duty of schools to promote the wellbeing of pupils and built on existing universal work in schools to promote social and emotional development.
A key element of TaMHS was the provision of counselling to every school involved in the programme. Providing quick and easy access to counselling and school support can provide vulnerable young people with access to an appropriate intervention at the right time and ensure they are able to be supported within their school setting. The therapeutic intervention included offering 1-1 counselling, peer group work, joint support for the main care giver and child or 1-1 parental support.
This service has been to be very successful with excellent outcomes for children, young people and their families.
The Government and Ofsted place emotional wellbeing, resilience and mental health high upon their agenda. There is overwhelming research highlighting the unprecedented increase of the needs of our children and young people. In recent published Department for Education reports ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools’, ‘The Impact of Pupil Behaviour & wellbeing on Education outcomes’ highlight the benefits of schools providing opportunities to develop resilience, emotional wellbeing and mental health.
These reports demonstrate a clear link between improved mental health, emotional wellbeing and academic achievement, which is where Kalmer can help your school. Please contact us for a free consultation. Our service can be purchased on a sessional, termly and academic basis ranging from one hour to half day and full day provisions.