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Pupil support and safeguarding

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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. 

Place2Be launches free online mental health training

Children's mental health charity Place2Be has launched a free online mental health training course for teachers.

The Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme enhances professionals' understanding of children's mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive well-being in schools and communities. It is being made available for free to 50,000 UK teachers and school-based staff. 

The training programme involves:

  • a 5-week programme (c.1–1.5 hours per week).
  • a dedicated Place2Be professional to join discussions and aid online learning.
  • online training accessible via any device at a time to suit you.
  • regular start dates to choose from.

To qualify for the free place, school staff need to have UK QTS, be an NQT or have a permanent role in-school. You can find out more and book a place on the course at www.place2be.org.uk/foundation.

First published 27 August 2020