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Safeguarding and support for pupils

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NAHT members are at the forefront of safeguarding children. School leaders are committed to keeping children safe, so they can learn well. NAHT believes that all pupils should receive the support they need to maintain their well-being and achieve their potential, both within school and from wider services including health and social care.

NAHT is campaigning to:

Enable schools to play their part in supporting pupils' well-being

  • Lobby for pupils and schools to get the support they need from wider services including health, social care, police and youth services
  • Influence the implementation of the proposals from the mental health green paper, including the senior lead for mental health and mental health support teams
  • Support schools to access relevant, high-quality training and resources to enable pupils to exercise their right to support for their mental well-being.


Support schools to safeguard and protect pupils

  • Engage with the DfE over proposed changes to the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Influence changes to Keeping Children Safe In Education, Working Together and Sexual Violence and harassment guidance
  • Campaign to improve online safety for children and young people
  • Press the government to ensure home educated children are adequately safeguarded
  • Promote guidance and resources to support schools to protect children at risk of harm including involvement with violence and other crime.


Enable schools to support vulnerable groups of pupils

  • Campaign to ensure pupils with SEND can receive the support they need from schools and wider services
  • Press for improved alternative provision and collaborative approaches across communities to support pupils excluded from school
  • Provide information to schools to help them to support disadvantaged children
  • Enable schools to make informed decisions regarding parental requests to home educate
  • Ensure reforms to behaviour guidance and networks is evidence-based and appropriate for all schools and a diverse pupil population. 

Children's Mental Health Week 2022

NAHT is delighted to support Children's Mental Health Week once again this year.

In its eighth year, Children's Mental Health Week runs from 7 to 13 February 2022. It is being organised by leading children's health charity Place2Be.

This year's theme is 'Growing Together' and it focuses on encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.

Place2Be has developed free resources for parents, carers and schools to download, including assembly guides, class activities and fundraising ideas and are designed to help children and young people explore what it means to grow together. There is also the opportunity to access free mental health training for schools to support the development of a whole-school approach to mental health.

Place2Be has also produced a social m​edia guide including template tweets and images, to help you spread the word and raise awareness about activities during the week.

To keep up to date in the run-up to the week, you can sign up for the Children's Mental Health week newsletter.


First published 17 January 2022