Nurturing and Supporting Mental Wellbeing



When children go to nursery and school, one of the key areas of the curriculum is wellbeing. This means that they are taught the knowledge, skills and capabilities that they need to develop coping strategies and mental wellbeing.


For children who require further help to support their wellbeing, schools and nurseries use a variety of strategies and interventions based on an assessment of individual need. This may include accessing a social skills group, or an exam stress group or arranging regular check ins between a child and young person and key member of staff. Some children benefit from a wellbeing assessment and plan which considers the abilities and needs of individual children and young people, and takes account of the person’s experiences within school, at home and in the community. The overarching aim of the wellbeing assessment is to identify strengths and protective factors, as well as the vulnerabilities and risks present in the life of the child or young person. Wellbeing assessments and plans are carried out to identify targets and support strategies that best promote the child’s wellbeing within their own individual circumstances. Targets and supports are monitored and reviewed within the GIRFEC framework, with the aim of ensuring that the child or young person is safe, healthy active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included.


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