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Big White Wall

A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.

Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly.

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Big White Wall is available free in many areas of the UK via the NHS, employers, and universities. It is also free to all UK serving personnel, veterans, and their families.

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The PATHS® curriculum

The PATHS® curriculum is a comprehensive program that promotes emotional and social competencies, reducing aggression and behavior problems. The curriculum supports educators and counselors in creating an environment that helps children develop self-control, positive self-esteem, emotional awareness, basic problem-solving skills, social skills and friendships.

 

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What Works to Enhance Inter-Parental Relationships and Improve Outcomes for Children?

The Early Intervention Foundation have carried out a review of ‘What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children.

Key findings include:

  • The quality of the inter-parental relationship, specifically how parents communicate and relate to each other, is increasingly recognised as a primaryinfluence on effective parenting practices and children’s long-term mental health and future life chances.
  • Parents/couples who engage in frequent, intense and poorly resolved inter-parental conflicts put children’s mental health and long-term life chances at risk.
  • Children of all ages can be affected by destructive inter-parental conflict, with effects evidenced across infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
  • The context of the wider family environment is an important factor that can protect or exacerbate child outcomes in response to exposure to inter-parental conflict. In particular, levels of negativity and parenting practices can exacerbate or moderate the impact of inter-parental conflict on children.
  • Inter-parental conflict can adversely affect both the mother-child and father-child relationship, with evidence suggesting that the association between inter-parental conflict and negative parenting practices may be stronger for the father-child relationship compared to the mother-child relationship.

http://www.eif.org.uk/

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Relationships between parents and schools

Improved relationships between parents and schools are particularly important in sustaining positive outcomes for young people. (From:https://www.gov.uk)

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Ensuring that children’s emotional needs are assessed and identified

[Mainstream schools] need to have a mechanism of ensuring that children’s emotional needs are assessed and identified…(and) can’t slip through the net. [Taking into account] the most important aspects of children’s development, their emotional needs, rather than where they are on various key stages.  We need to ensure that schools are resourced for providing this range of services. (From: here)

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The value of educational provision was emphasised. (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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“The content of the curriculum is not as important as the process.” Unit staff (See YoungMinds’ Where Next )

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Aim and goal of interventions

We agree the aim and goal of interventions with the young person or parent/carer, monitor the changes to agreed and shared goals as well as symptoms, and amend therapeutic interactions as a result of these changes, to deliver the best possible outcome. From: england.nhs.uk

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Changes in attitude among staff and those managing the service

In work with young people and families with such entrenched and complex needs, it may well be necessary to bring about changes in attitude among staff and those managing the service, so as to create sufficient time and space to think about each individual person and case on a recurrent basis. From: england.nhs.uk

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Needs, strengths and difficulties

Staff are appropriately trained to enable young people and/or parents/carers to identify their needs, strengths and difficulties. From: https://www.england.nhs.uk

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