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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

Redditch/Bromsgrove

  • 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

Herefordshire

  • 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 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.

 

6th form and college self-referral

If you are a student in year 12 or year 13 at any of following schools/ colleges across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and would like support from us, you can confidentially refer yourself  using the below link: 

Self-referral form

Herefordshire

John Kyrle Sixth Form

John Masefield Sixth Form

Hereford Sixth Form College

Herefordshire and Ludlow College

Hereford College of Art

Redditch & Bromsgrove

North Bromsgrove High School & Sixth Form

South Bromsgrove High School & Sixth Form

St Augustine’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form

Waseley High School & Sixth Form

Woodrush High School & Sixth Form

Arrow Vale RSA Academy & Sixth Form

Trinity High School & Sixth Form

Tudor Grange Academy & Sixth Form

Heart of Worcestershire College – Redditch

Heart of Worcestershire College – Bromsgrove  

South Worcestershire

The De Montfort School

The Chase Sixth Form

Pershore High School

Hanley Castle High School & Sixth Form Centre

Prince Henry’s High School

The Chantry School

Heart of Worcestershire College – Malvern

Heart of Worcestershire College – Worcester

Worcester Sixth Form College

  Wyre Forrest

Baxter College

Bewdley High School & Sixth Form

King Charles School & Sixth Form Centre

Wolverley CE Secondary School & Sixth Form

Stourport High School & VI form college

Haybridge High School & Sixth Form

Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form

Kidderminster College

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.

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