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Wellbeing and Emotional Support Teams in Schools

The Wellbeing and Emotional Support Teams (WEST) in schools service is designed to help children and young people ages 5-18 years access mental health and wellbeing support early on in educational settings.

It's all about ensuring children and young people can get access to the right help as early as possible.

Our mission...

An early intervention service integrated in education settings to promote children and young people’s emotional wellbeing, keeping the child’s voice at the heart.

There are lots of different clinicians and support staff who work in the team who have different expertise, but all work well together. In the team there are:

  • Education mental health practitioners
  • Senior practitioners
  • Clinical leads
  • Operational leads
  • Service manager
  • Support staff


Types of support offered

The team offer short term support delivered by education mental health practitioners (EMHPs) and senior practitioners, using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) methods to help with low mood, wellbeing, anxiety and behavioural difficulties. 

CBT is a type of talking therapy that helps people learn handy and effective ways to manage their issues.

These interventions will be delivered either face to face or virtually through 1:1 sessions. Group sessions are also available for children, young people, and their families, or for school staff or parents where a specific topic might be suitable for them only.

EMHPs in schools may hold larger assemblies where they may talk about things like resilience and wellbeing so it can benefit all pupils/students.

Teams will work in partnership in schools, as an additional resource to their existing mental health support, using a whole-system approach to promote resilience and wellbeing, enable earlier intervention, provide appropriate signposting and deliver evidence-based care and interventions. This will help the school to reflect on its current wellbeing mechanisms, highlighting areas which may require action to improve help for all staff, pupils and families.

Referral to other support services

Where more specialist help is required we can refer the young person to another service who can provide the right kind of support they need, and we will continue to work closely with the service throughout their treatment.

What schools does the team work with?

Which Schools we visit

The teams work across a selected number of primary, middle and secondary schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire listed below:

Wyre Forest

  • Baxter College
  • Bewdley High School
  • Birchen Coppice Primary Academy
  • Comberton Primary School
  • Cookley Sebright Primary School
  • Foley Park Primary Academy & Nursery
  • Franche Community Primary School
  • Haybridge High School & Sixth Form
  • Heronswood Primary School
  • Holy Trinity School
  • King Charles I School & Sixth Form Centre
  • Lickhill Primary School
  • Offmore Primary School
  • St Ambrose Catholic Primary School
  • St Bartholomew's CofE VC Primary School
  • St Catherine's CE Primary School
  • St George's CE Primary School
  • St John's CE Primary School
  • St Mary's CE Primary School
  • St Oswald's CE Primary School
  • Stourport Primary Academy
  • Sutton Park Primary RSA Academy
  • Wolverley CE Secondary School
  • Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy


  • Arrow Vale RSA Academy
  • Arrow Valley First School
  • Batchley First and Nursery School
  • Birchensale Middle School
  • Catshill First School & Nursery
  • Catshill Middle School
  • Church Hill Middle School RSA Academy
  • Crabbs Cross Academy
  • Holyoakes Field First School
  • Ipsley CE RSA Academy
  • Matchborough First School Academy
  • Moons Moat First School
  • North Bromsgrove High School
  • Ridgeway Academy
  • South Bromsgrove High School
  • St Augustine's Catholic High School
  • St Bede's Catholic Middle School Academy
  • St Peter's Catholic First School Academy
  • St Stephen's CofE RSA Academy
  • St Thomas More Catholic First School
  • Trinity High School & Sixth Form Centre
  • Tudor Grange Academy, Redditch
  • Walkwood CE Middle School
  • Waseley Hills High School
  • Woodfield Academy
  • Woodrow First School
  • Woodrush High School


  • Aylestone School
  • Barrs Court School
  • Blackmarston School 
  • Brampton Abbotts CofE Primary School 
  • Bridstow CofE Primary School
  • Broadlands Primary School
  • Earl Mortimer College & Sixth Form Centre
  • Fairfield High School
  • Goodrich CofE Primary School
  • Herefordshire Pupil Referral Unit
  • John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre
  • John Masefield High School
  • Kingstone & Thruxton Primary School 
  • Kingstone High School
  • Kington Primary School 
  • Lady Hawkins' School
  • Lea CofE Primary School 
  • Leominster Primary School 
  • Lord Scudmore 
  • Luston Primary School
  • Marlbrook Primary School 
  • Queen Elizabeth High School
  • Riverside Primary School 
  • St Francis Xavier's Primary School
  • St Martin's Primary School 
  • St Mary's RC High School
  • St Peter's Primary School 
  • St Thomas Cantilupe CofE Primary School
  • Steiner Academy Hereford
  • Stoke Prior Primary School
  • The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School
  • The Brookfield School
  • The Hereford Academy
  • Weobley High School
  • Weobley Primary School HR4 8ST
  • Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College
  • Wigmore High School
  • Withington Primary School

South Worcestershire

  • Carnforth School
  • Chawson Community First School
  • Cherry Orchard Primary School
  • Cranham Primary School
  • Cutnall Green CE Primary School
  • Dines Green Community Academy
  • Dyson Perrins CE Academy
  • Hanley Castle High School & Sixth Form Centre
  • Hollymount School
  • Nunnery Wood Primary School
  • Oasis Academy Warndon
  • Ombersley Endowed First School
  • Perry Wood Primary & Nursery School
  • Pershore High
  • Prince Henry's High School
  • St Barnabas CE Primary School, Worcester
  • St George's Catholic Primary School, Worcester
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Worcester
  • Stanley Road Primary School
  • Tenbury High Ormiston Academy
  • The Chantry School
  • The Chase
  • The De Montfort School
  • Tudor Grange Primary Academy Perdiswell
  • Westacre Middle School
  • Westlands First School
  • Witton Middle School
  • Wychbold First & Nursery School

Wellbeing and Emotional Support Teams in Schools referral information

Referrals into our service are made through the mental health lead within the specific education setting.

The child or young person can also self-refer via the school staff, who will then discuss it with the Mental Health Lead.

Parents/carers can also refer to the service via the designated Mental Health Lead within the school.

Please note: We are currently running a self referral pilot project in three Worcestershire 6th form schools:

  • Baxter College
  • St Augustine College
  • The De Montfort School

So, if you are a student in year 12 or  year 13 at any of these three schools and would like support from us you can refer yourself to our service using the below link: 

Self-referral form

Please note that we are an early intervention service and do not offer urgent services. If you are in a crisis or experience severe thoughts of harming self, you can find information about who to contact in emergency and available support.


Help and resources

If you are a child or young people please visit the our information section to find out more about feelings and emotions.

Give feedback on our services

We are always looking for feedback on our services and we would love to hear from you. You can complete the quick CAMHS feedback survey here.