Designated Mental Health Lead Training for Schools and Academies

Designated Mental Health Lead Training for Schools and Academies

One in eight children will experience a mental health problem and half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders begin by the age of 14, therefore safeguarding the emotional wellbeing of children and young people must be considered as a priority and equally as important as protecting their physical health.

This course is designed to guide and support staff undertaking the role of Designated Mental Health Lead (DMHL) in educational settings. The course provides a balance of theory and best practice for leadership, together with practical tools including case studies and video tutorials on specific mental health conditions, designed to support disseminating best practice to all staff.

What is covered in this course?

  • Responsibilities:
    • The role of the Designated Mental Health Lead (DMHL)
    • Core and broad responsibilities
    • Getting started- first steps
    • Creating and embedding a positive whole setting culture in relation to mental health
  • The link between mental health and behaviour:
    • Mental health problems in children
    • Prevalence of mental health problems in children
    • Risk and protective/ resilience factors
  • Identifying children with possible mental health problems
  • Identification and measurement tools
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Children in Need, looked-after and previously looked-after children
  • Mental health and special educational needs
  • Providing support and collaborative working
  • Additional support:
    • Classroom support
    • Therapeutic support
    • External support
  • Working with parents and carers
  • Attachment disorders
  • Hyperactivity
  • Conduct disorder
  • Eating disorders
    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Bulimia nervosa
    • Binge eating disorder
    • Pica
    • Rumination disorder
  • Avoidant / restrictive food intake disorder
  • Habit disorders (tic disorders & body-focussed repetitive disorders)
  • Emotional-obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Hyperkinetic disorders
  • Manic depressive disorder
  • Oppositional defiance disorder
  • Pervasive (autistic spectrum) disorders
  • Obsessive- compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychotic disorders

Our training is applicable to the following educational settings: Primary Schools, Primary Academies, Secondary Schools, Secondary Academies, Private Nurseries, Maintained Nurseries, Public Schools, Free Schools, Pupil Referral Units, and SEND Schools.

To fulfil the latest HM Government statutory guidance, training is advised for the following roles:

  • Staff undertaking the role of Designated Mental Health Lead

The Admin dashboard

Our system requires no complicated setup. From the Admin Dashboard simply copy and send an invitation email to your staff with the login details for your school or academy. Once your staff commence training, all progress, results and CPD certificates are presented in the Admin Dashboard as evidence of training.

The Training site

Staff complete a course via any PC, Mac, Smartphone or Tablet. Each course is made up of an engaging multimedia presentation created using 3D animation, comprehensive course notes and a fully tracked multiple-choice assessment. On completion, staff can view and print their CPD accredited certificate.

All courses are kept up-to-date with any changes in legislation or policy ensuring practice in your school or academy is compliant with current requirements.

Time to complete course

Approximately 3 hours

Course Video duration

49 minutes

CPD points

  • Provides a training audit trail to evidence compliance with statutory requirements on inspection
  • Stores CPD certificates for future access
  • Fully CPD accredited

Includes access to selected Safeguarding Webinars.

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