The Role of the Mental Health Lead in a Special School
A NASS training event
Wednesday 10th November 2021 from 9.15 – 3.30pm
The NASS Annual Membership Survey 2021 asked NASS members to identify the value they would place on future NASS offers. 88% responded that they would highly or very highly value a future NASS offer on Mental Health and Wellbeing.
To this end, NASS are holding a one-day virtual training event via Zoom on the role of the mental health lead in a special school on Wednesday 10th November 2021. Timings for this online training will be 9.15 am (9:30 am start) to 3:30 pm. The training will be separated into 5 sessions over the day and the programme allows time for screen breaks and attendees to take a lunch break.
This training event is suitable for members of the school leadership team, heads of department and/or HR officers as well as those responsible for mental health and wellbeing in schools.
Aims of the course
The role of Designated Mental Health Leads (DMHL) was first mooted in the 2017 Green Paper, Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision, and in the subsequent consultation response from the Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health and Social Care (2018). DMHL will be a designated senior lead for mental health tasked to deliver whole school approaches to promoting better mental health.
While the DMHL role is not mandatory, NASS wishes to provide a suitable training offer for our member schools to support schools in identifying a DMHL and consider the development of a similar role within their settings.
The training will aim to equip delegates with the skills and understanding to identify the key roles and responsibilities for DMHLs. The current government guidance on mental health in schools. Developing a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing including the development of a Mental Health and Wellbeing policy.
By the end of the course, delegates will:
- Understand the role of a Designated Mental Health Lead
- Consider the development of a whole school mental health and wellbeing offer within their setting
- Understand how Mental Health and Wellbeing fits within the Curriculum
- Have been given hints and tips on writing a MH&WB Policy for your school
To receive your certificate, you must be in attendance for the whole event. Certificates will be emailed to participants following the completion of the training and receipt of a completed evaluation form.
About the Presenter
Lorraine Petersen OBE
Lorraine has been a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences as well as a consultant for several local and national organisations.
Lorraine has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a teacher and Head Teacher. From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. As a result, Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs and the teachers, SENCOs and support staff that work with them.
Currently she facilitates the NSEND Forum and FLSE organisations as well as a county wide SENCO Network. Lorraine is a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is currently developing a Train the Trainer programme for Mental Health Leads in Schools.
In 2009 Lorraine was awarded an OBE for her services to education.
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Terms & Conditions
Full payment is required at the point of booking.
Our invoice terms are strictly payment within 30 days of the date of the invoice.
Bookings are non-transferable but delegate substitutions will be accepted.
50% of delegate fee will be refunded for cancellations received by Friday 29th October 2021.
After this date no fees are refundable for cancellation or non-attendance.
All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email.
We reserve the right to cancel a course due to insufficient numbers.
In the unlikely event that NASS have to cancel an event, our liability in the event of cancellation is limited to a full refund of the event fee only.
Booking Deadline: 1st November 2021
Booking Cancellation Date: 29th October 2021