‘Our pupil who had complete school refusal in January, was able to settle, learn and successfully take part in SATS, showing immense resilience’. Headteacher
Nearly four children in every UK class are now likely to have a mental health difficulty – and the problem is growing. Fifty percent of lifetime mental illness starts before the age of 14, with potentially half being preventable. It’s also a little-known fact that children’s well-being in parts of Cambridgeshire is among the very worst in the country. At a time of financial crisis, Cambridgeshire schools have some of the lowest budgets.
Blue Smile provides a subsidised whole school approach for mental wellbeing, with both its extensive ‘Menu of Services’ aimed at teachers, heads and groups of school staff, and one-to-one counselling and therapy for children aged three to 13. For children, we work using proven fun, arts-based therapies which engage the child in a non-threatening way, helping them to organise their feelings and process traumatic experiences. During term time Blue Smile helps around 200 children every week.
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