Our Thrive Model - Getting Help

Mental Health Support Teams

(currently in Blyth, Hexham, Ashington and Bedlington only)

The Department for Education and NHS England have made funding available to develop a new programme to help improve children and young people’s mental health by creating new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) within schools. These teams will help children and young people with mild to moderate mental health needs and provide training and support for school staff.

Northumberland was chosen as one of twelve Trailblazer sites to pilot this new programme. Initially it was delivered in the Blyth and Hexham areas, which has now been expanded to include Ashington and Bedlington (2020-2021). The hope is that, funding permitting, there will be an opportunity to expand across the county.

Information about the team offer and how whole school, group and individual support can be accessed is provided on the padlet here



Emotional Wellbeing and Behaviour Support team

This service provides support for those who are displaying challenging behaviour as a result of their underlying social and emotional needs. Requests for whole school and individual support are accepted from school staff only.

For queries / information email: hint@northumberland.gov.uk

Website: northumberland.gov.uk

Parents with concerns about their child should discuss these with the school first. This will usually be with the school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).

If the school feels that a request for support from Psychological Services would help, the SENCo - with parental consent - will contact the school’s link Educational Psychologist to plan the work.



ASD specialist teaching team

This service aims to develop and enhance the skills and practices of school staff in order to improve educational outcomes for children and young people with social communication/ASD needs in educational settings across Northumberland. Requests for whole school and individual support are accepted from school staff only.

For queries / information email: hint@northumberland.gov.uk

Website: northumberland.gov.uk

Parents with concerns about their child should discuss these with the school first. This will usually be with the school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).

If the school feels that a request for support from Psychological Services would help, the SENCo - with parental consent - will contact the school’s link Educational Psychologist to plan the work.




Psychological Services (Educational Psychologists - EPs)

Northumberland's Educational Psychologists work with educational settings, children and families. They support children and young people who are experiencing difficulties or delays in their development: their communication, interaction, cognition, learning, social and emotional needs and mental health, for example.

For queries / information email: psychservices@northumberland.gov.uk

Website: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Needs/Psychological-Services.aspx

Parents with concerns about their child should discuss these with the school first. This will usually be with the school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).

If the school feels that a request for support from Psychological Services would help, the SENCo - with parental consent - will contact the school’s link Educational Psychologist to plan the work.

Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs)

PMHWs work with children and young people (0-18), parents / carers and professionals across Northumberland, providing:

  • interventions on a one to one basis with young people and their families
  • a telephone consultation line to provide advice, guidance and signposting to professionals working to support the mental health needs of children, young person and families / carers
  • teaching and training to raise awareness of children’s mental health with colleagues in a range of universal services across education, health, social care, youth and community and voluntary services.

The team in Trailblazer schools includes:

  • Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), who provide low intensity interventions for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health needs
  • a Peer Mentor, who provides peer mentor programmes as part of the Be You team.

Contact the team Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Telephone: 01661 864588
Email: PMHW@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk

Northumberland Virtual School

Promotes and supports the education of looked after and previously looked after children through effective collaboration with schools, social care, and other agencies/professionals. Supporting pupil emotional wellbeing using various interventions and therapies including Drawing & Talking Therapy, Lego Therapy, Thrive, Eye Movement Desensitising and Reprocessing (EMDR), and the delivery of whole school training by the Virtual School EPs. Virtual School support is provided to all looked after children including those awaiting a mental health and capacity assessment, inpatient support and when planning for discharge and reintegration into education.

The Education Welfare Service fulfils the statutory duties of the local authority for safeguarding children in relation to school attendance, elective home education and children missing education. The team offers advice and signposting to professionals, parents and carers.

The Education Other Than at School (EOTAS) Health Needs team provides small group and 1:1 education for those children unable to attend school full time because of a diagnosed health condition. Referrals must be made by the school with supporting evidence from the child's consultant.

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