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The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is running a series of free events for school staff about well-being this July. The events take place after school from 4pm to 6.30pm.

The events will take place as follows:

  • 2 July 2018 in Norwich
  • 5 July 2018 in Liverpool
  • 10 July 2018 in Southampton
  • 11 July 2018 in London. 

You can sign up to the events here.

As well as running these events, the Centre is also publishing a leaflet on staff well-being on the 18 June 2018 and the findings of a staff consultation will be published on 28 June 2018. 

Professor Peter Fonagy, chief executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, said: “The new emphasis on promoting child mental health in schools is a welcome move to help us realise this ambition, and one that the teaching profession has consistently supported. 

"This raises a key issue. Teaching is a tough job. It can be immensely rewarding but also physically emotionally draining. Safeguarding and mental health issues can be intense and complex. Children’s behavioural and emotional problems are increasing. If we don’t couple support for school staff to the ambitions we have for children’s well-being, we will be letting down school staff.

“If we want our school staff to do what’s asked of them, we need to make sure their mental health and well-being is effectively supported.”

All materials can be found on the Anna Freud Centre’s website under the Schools in mind section. Schools in mind is a free network for school staff, which shares academic and clinical expertise regarding well-being and mental health issues for schools. You can join schools in mind here.

First published 13 June 2018