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Passionate about improving learning, mental health and quality of life for children and young people


"On average it takes a child 10 years to receive help for a mental health problem"
- (The Centre for Mental Health 2015)

Let's change that.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to provide appropriate training for schools,communities and organisations so that they become trauma informed and mentally healthy places for all.
This means we aim to help children and teenagers BEFORE they get mental health problems – to catch them as they are falling not after they have fallen. Towards this aim we strongly endorse the statement in the Government Green Paper December 2017 Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision, “ There is evidence that appropriately-trained and supported staff such as teachers, school nurses, counsellors, and teaching assistants can achieve results comparable to those achieved by trained therapists in delivering a number of interventions addressing mild to moderate mental health problems (such as anxiety, conduct disorder, substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder)”. We are appropriately training school staff to take on this task.

Our objective is to bring about a whole school /organisational cultural shift where the wellbeing of all is the highest priority. We implement many interventions to ensure the relational and emotional health of all. Our interventions are evidence based with the backing of over 1,000 research studies from psychology and neuroscience.

We also believe that for schools to become mentally healthy places for all, the value of well being has to start at the very top, with organisations such as DFE, Ofsted and the Regional Schools Commissioners balancing the scales between outcomes (test scores) and emotional wellbeing. We are working to ensure that there is national recognition of the importance of monitoring the well being of schools and that Governing Bodies, Trust Boards and Directors make staff wellbeing as well as pupil well being a key performance indicator for our schools.


TRAUMA INFORMED SCHOOLS UK ( TISUK) : KEY CREDENTIALS

  • TISUK is an educational non-profit organisation working in association with the Centre for Child Mental Health: President Sir Richard Bowlby.
  • TISUK has provided mental health and trauma informed training to staff for over 450 schools across the UK including every school in Cornwall (as workforce training provider for Headstart Kernow).
  • TISUK’s training is highlighted in the DfE Advice to Schools: Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools DfE-00327-2018 as supporting and promoting positive mental health.
  • TISUK has a University of East London validated course entitled Certificate in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities ( Level 5) and Diploma course entitled Trauma and Mental Health in Schools and Communities ( Practitioner status)
  • Sheffield Hallam University includes a compulsory module of TISUK’s training in every level and age phase of their initial teaching education
  • TISUK trainings are run by experts in both psychology and in education. The practical evidenced based interventions are informed by over 1000 peer reviewed research studies ( medicine, psychology, neuroscience, forensics).
  • TISUK trainings are informed by and adapted from the evidence based key components of whole school cultural change as set out by  the Evidence-Based Practice Unit, Manchester University/Anna Freud Centre, (Demkowicz and Humphreys 2019). These components comprise mental health approaches to teaching and learning;  pupil/ student voice; staff and senior lead development, health and wellbeing; online assessment tool to ascertain mental health needs and provide a measurable evidence-base of impact; training key members of staff to support vulnerable children through therapeutic conversations; working with parents to support mentally healthy cultures at home.
  • As a result of our trainings, and due to the major cutbacks in CAMHS, we have been thrilled to see so many schools willingly pick up the mental health baton, resulting in fewer exclusions, a reduction in staff stress-related illness and an increase in pupil attendance, attainment and in staff retention. We therefore fully endorse the 2017 Government Green Paper on Children’s Mental Health Provision stating, ‘There is evidence that appropriately trained and supported staff... teachers… teaching assistants can achieve results comparable to those achieved by trained therapists in delivering a number of interventions addressing mild to moderate mental health problems.’ That said, we recognise limits of competence and know when to refer on and to whom.
  • TISUK has an Awards scheme for those schools who wish to be formally assessed for mentally healthy and trauma informed school status.
  • For the equivalent of  just one Pupil Premium Plus grant, TISUK can provide a menu of  training options (e.g. Whole school/Senior Leads training/Practitioner Diploma) to support a whole school understanding of mental health informed practices, all designed to benefit everyone in your school (staff and pupils), and directly attributable to the PP+ allocation/spend. Interventions are all practically based, time preserving, cost effective. 
 
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Practitioner Trainings

10 day and 12 days (University route) over two terms

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Senior Leads Training

2 days to ensure your school is trauma and mental health informed
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Whole School Inductions

Half or whole day to ensure whole school approach to mentally healthy school status
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Our Vision is to provide appropriate training for schools, communities and organisations so that they become trauma informed and mentally healthy places for all

Trauma Informed Schools in an organisation committed to improving the health and wellbeing and ability to learn of the most vulnerable schoolchildren in the UK, namely those who have suffered trauma, abuse, neglect and/or have mental health problems or attachment issues.

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