Suzy Francis to present a report about the service the team provides in schools.
Suzy Francis (Principal Educational Psychologist), together with Sarif Alrai,
presented a report on the Educational Psychology Service and Schools Emotional Wellbeing Service.
The Enfield Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is a specialist psychological service for educational settings. The team works closely with Enfield’s Specialist Multi-Disciplinary CAMHS as well as with other teams in Enfield. The EPS is a joint service with the Schools Emotional Wellbeing Service (SEWS)
The following was highlighted:
The following issues were raised by Members:
An overview of the number of children and young people who had received EPS involvement was given and the following was noted
· A higher percentage of males to females who had received a service from EPS (approximately 75% to 25%).
· Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) (primary need) numbers show a slight decline this year which may be due to us identifying youngsters earlier with underlying needs.
· A higher percentage of under 5’s receiving EPS involvement. Members were pleased to see an increase in pre-school children receiving support.
· A higher percentage of Key Stage 2 Children (Age 7 – 11) receiving support. It was noted that some secondary schools do not receive as much of our service as primary schools and some secondary schools such as academies do not buy any EPS services.
Suzy Francis spoke of projects being undertaken including the following–
· The Sandwell Whole School Wellbeing Chartermark, this is a whole school and college approach – promoting children and young people’s emotional health and well-being. – The aim is to improve the Well-Being of the Whole School Community. Enfield EPS is licenced to use the Sandwell Chartermark. The first phase of roll out is midway through so the outcomes are not yet known. However, it was noted that headteachers have reported that they are finding the process beneficial so far in supporting schools to focus on the mental health agenda. However, sustainable funding for this project has not yet been secured.
· Supporting Families Towards Safer Transitions. This is a whole system intervention led by Anne Stoker and involves several strands delivered by different partners. Four schools were selected to be involved in this targeted programme. The EPS was commissioned to deliver attachment and trauma training to staff in schools and the training has been well received so far.
· SEMH School Hub pilot – This pilot involves five primary schools. The hub comprises one trainee Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) who was supported/supervised by an Educational Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist. The pilot was a joint venture with Specialist CAMHS and a trainee CWP was also placed in the CAMHS Access Team. The pilot provides schools with (1) low intensity therapeutic input for CWP (2) support to develop the Mental Health leads in school and (3) supporting schools to share and develop their provision for children with SEMH needs. The SEMH School Hub pilot was an example of good practice which was included in Enfield’s successful bid for the Trailblazer Mental Health Support Teams. Members congratulated the team and suggested that mention of this work could be included in the council magazine.
· The EPS has been involved with the national agenda relating to Children and Young People’s Increased Access to Psychological Therapies (CYPIAPT): a comprehensive training programme to build capacity and capability across systems in relation to social, emotional and mental health. Staff in CAMHS, EPS, Behaviour Support Service and Youth Offending Unit have successfully completed post graduate training in ‘leadership’ ‘supervisor’ and ‘several therapeutic practitioner modalities’. CYPIAPT programme links with the trainee CWP programme (SEMH School Hub Pilot) and the trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner programme (Mental Health Support Teams).
Enfield was successful in being selected to be in the next wave of the Mental Health Support Teams in schools. The aims are the same as the SEMH School Hub Pilot and will target a population of 16k children and/or 40 educational settings. Lead agency is the CCG and CAMHS will be the main provider with the EPS being a key partner. Planning the implementation of these new teams is now underway.
Suzy Francis said there is a national shortage of Educational Psychologists– Not enough are trained and there is competition with private providers. The government has recently increased the numbers of training places. Enfield EPS is committed to supporting the training of EPs and currently has six Educational Psychologist trainees (funded through bursaries in their 2nd 3rd year of their doctoral course) and four placed on their 1st year.
Suzy pointed out that our EP’s carry out varied work and the need for more focus on preventative work so that there is less need for crisis interventions. Dr Sarif Alrai gave an example of a school that used their EP to provide ‘drop-ins’ and workshops with 10 – to 15 parents meeting with the EP before the school summer break for discussions with the aim of helping to keep children in regular routines and interested in learning during the holiday period. Suzy Francis talked about the importance of relationships where parents can develop trust over time and more likely to access help in the future.
The Supported Internship Programme was mentioned. This is supporting young people with SEND enter into employment so that they can lead more independent lives. The Council is now involved in this programme and the EPS now has employed a young person to work as an admin assistant. Credit was given to West Lea School, who had set up a programme for young people on behalf of Enfield Council.
Suzy Francis and Sarif Alrai were thanked for their uplifting presentation.