Supporting pupil wellbeing

There are initiatives to help pupils and/or families who may need additional support to improve their well-being.

Click a topic below to find out what these initiatives involve and who can help. 

The list below is not exhaustive.  It is up to each school to check the content, quality and effectiveness of the initiatives or the organisation coming to run sessions in a school.

Emotional wellbeing

Circle Time

Circletime is a whole approach used for early years settings, primary and secondary schools to improve social skills and positive relationships, encourage positive behaviour and a caring and respectful ethos. It helps children develop their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Targeted group

All schools

Contact details 

Please contact your School Educational Psychologist for more information

Anger Management

The Educational Psychology Service can train school teaching and support staff ways of managing anger. 

Targeted group

Primary schools

Contact details 

The School Educational Psychologist 

Early Bird Plus

Early Bird Plus is a support programme for parents and carers, offering advice and guidance on strategies and approaches for dealing with young autistic children.

Targeted group

Parents of children aged 4-8 years

Contact details 

The School Educational Psychologist 

Healthy Minds 

A six session parent course to help promote good mental health in children with autism. Healthy Minds has been developed in response to recent evidence which indicated a high percentage of autistic children are at risk of health problems in adolescence and adulthood and the programme aims to reduce these risks.

Targeted group

Parents of primary school pupils  or secondary year 7 pupils 

Contact details 

The School Educational Psychologist 

The incredible 5 point scale

The Educational Psychology Service can give an introduction to the 5 point scale and ways of using it in school. 

Targeted group

All schools

Contact details 

The School Educational Psychologist 

Positive behaviour management

The Educational Psychology Service can give an introduction to positive behaviour management – identifying the purpose of behaviours 

Targeted group

All ages

Contact details 

The School Educational Psychologist

ASD awareness and strategies

Raising awareness of autism and strategies to support social and communication difficulties.

Targeted group

All ages

Contact details 

The School Educational Psychologist

Anti-bullying/cyber bullying strategies

The Educational Psychology Service can work with school teaching and support staff and pupils to raise awareness of anti-bullying and cyber bullying

Targeted group

All schools

Contact details 

The School Educational Psychologist 

Resilience

What we mean by resilience. What the protective factors are for being resilient. The key components of resilience. How to build resiliency in staff and pupils.  

Targeted group

All schools

Contact details 

The School Educational Psychologist 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Single Point of Access (SPOA)

CAMHS single point of access is available to all professionals working with children and young people across Denbighshire.  SPOA provides direct access to CAMHS clinicians to provide advice, support, signposting and to take telephone referrals for consultation and Mental Health Assessments. 

Targeted group

All professionals working with children and young people across Denbighshire.

Contact details 

01745 448670 Monday to Friday 9-5

Talk About It 

Small group provision to develop emotional literacy and self-concept/self-esteem.

Targeted group

Key Stage 2, although may be suitable for younger and older pupils

Contact details 

Richard Hatwood, Ysgol Esgob Morgan 

Seeing Red

Small group anger management sessions. School staff are trained to deliver this programme. 

Targeted group

Key Stage 2, although may be suitable for younger and older pupils

Contact details 

Richard Hatwood, Ysgol Esgob Morgan 

Volcano in my Tummy

Small group anger management sessions. School staff are trained to deliver this programme. 

Targeted group

Key Stage 2, although may be suitable for younger and older pupils

Contact details 

Richard Hatwood, Ysgol Esgob Morgan 

Time to Talk

Small group sessions to promote discussion around emotional health and wellbeing including emotional literacy. School staff are trained to deliver this programme. 

Targeted group

Key Stage 2, although may be suitable for younger and older pupils

Contact details 

Richard Hatwood, Ysgol Esgob Morgan 

Unearthing & Journey

One-to-one sessions to develop and unearth pupils’ emotional health and wellbeing and to explore underlying issues.  HOPE Mountain Trust train school staff to deliver this support.

Targeted group

Key Stage 2, although may be suitable for younger and older pupils

Contact details 

Kathryn Packer, Looked After Children Coordinator

ASC Drop In

ASC Outreach Team are available to discuss strategies and share resources. The sessions are aimed at school staff working with pupils aged 3 to 19 with a diagnosis or undergoing assessment for ASC. 

Targeted group

Ages 3 to 19

Contact details 

Sharon Jenkins, 01745 815385 

Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy provides a range of books to assist and inform parents/adults on various emotional well-being issues such as bullying, anger, grief and loss etc. Sets of 30 books have been provided to each secondary school in Denbighshire. These books are meant to be accessible to all staff who provide support to parents. The books can also be used with young people as part of the curriculum delivery. There are two sets of books in every library in Denbighshire and statistics are gathered regularly on how often they are accessed.

Targeted group

All parents and professionals working with families

Contact details 

Sophie Gorst CAMHS Team Manager, Trish Lloyd CAMHS Practitioner 01745 448670

Friends Programme

Friends for life facilitators have been trained in all secondary schools across Denbighshire. Roll out is being planned for primary schools. Friends for life is a 10 to 12 week group work programme based on a cognitive behavioural approach to develop skills with young people who are experiencing anxiety and mild low mood.

Targeted group

Primary and secondary

Contact details 

Sophie Gorst CAMHS Team Manager, Trish Lloyd CAMHS Practitioner 01745 448670

Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is a group based intervention for children and young people who have experienced significant loss in their lives, typically through death, divorce or relationship breakdown.

Targeted group

Children and young people who have experienced loss and grief across primary and secondary schools.

Contact details 

Sophie Gorst CAMHS Team Manager, Trish Lloyd CAMHS Practitioner 01745 448670

Parenting/family

Families First

Families First provide support to a family during a difficult time making sure that all needs are met in a coordinated manner (a Team Around the Family approach).

Targeted group

Children and young people up to the age of 25

Contact details 

Find out how to contact and make a referral to Families First

Substance misuse/smoking

Substance Misuse one to one support

One to one support for pupils involved in substance misuse. Includes 5 day intensive intervention for substance misuse incidents in secondary and special schools.

Targeted group

Secondary and special schools 

Contact details 

Barnardo's Cyfle Children and Young People’s Substances Misuse Service - 01745 360084

Hidden Harm 

Hidden Harm support for pupils experiencing parental substance misuse. The programme provides emotional support as well as building self-esteem, confidence and resilience.

Targeted group

Secondary, although this service can work with primary aged children if an older sibling is also referred in.

Contact details 

Barnardo's Cyfle Children and Young People’s Substances Misuse Service - 01745 360084

Substance Misuse - training for school staff 

Basic substance awareness training for school staff. 

Targeted group

Secondary school staff

Contact details 

Paula Roberts, Healthy Schools Coordinator - paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk

Families Matter 2

Families Matter 2 provides support for parents who substance misuse to explore with them the impact of this on their children. The service also runs the Parent Factor group to support parents in this situation. 

Targeted group

Secondary school staff

Contact details 

Barnardo's Cyfle Children and Young People’s Substances Misuse Service - 01745 360084

Just B

JustB SmokeFree is a school based smoking prevention programme for Year 8 students to enable them to discuss the risks of smoking and the benefits of being smoke free. It aims to build a community of young people that are knowledgeable about the tactics of the tobacco industry and empowered to inform others.  Public Health Wales work with targeted schools across Wales.  A group of influential year 8 students (Ambassadors) are recruited from each participating school. They then attend a two day training course which covers a wide range of issues and topics related to smoking. The young people are supported by a specially designed internet based app which helps them disseminate messages and record their smoke free conversations with their friends. At the end of the programme the young people become JustB Smoke free Ambassadors.

Targeted group

Secondary, year 8 - targeted schools only

Contact details 

Phone: 029 20 227 744

Email: Justb.Smokefree@wales.nhs.uk 

Sexual health/sexuality

Project Jiwsi

Tailored sex and relationship education programmes for groups of vulnerable young people in schools.

Targeted group

Under 25's - primary, secondary, FE/HE

Contact details 

Family Planning Association - melanieg@fpa.org.uk

VIVA

Groups and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans young people and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. VIVA can provide direct support for young people and their families/carers, through one-to-one meetings and outreach. Workshops and curriculum support programmes for schools and colleges to promote equality & inclusion, raise awareness and celebrate diversity. Group work and welcoming, safe spaces for young people. Informal education opportunities, support from peers and youth workers. VIVA offer opportunities for young people to Increase knowledge and skills, enhance self-worth, wellbeing and self-confidence, and reduce feelings of isolation, which supports the maintenance of healthy family and personal relationships.

Targeted group

Secondary, support and advice also available to primary 

Contact details 

01745 357 941

info@vivalgbt.co.uk