The desired outcomes for mentally healthy children and young people are:
Schools:Informed by reviews of effectiveness evidence, NICE public health guidance have produced public health guidance on promoting social and emotional wellbeing in both primary and secondary education. NICE public health guidance 12: Promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing in primary education [external site] made three action recommendations each with a number of action points. They recommended that all primary schools should:
NHS Health Scotland considered the recommendations in the Scottish context and the NHS Health Scotland Commentary [external site] on this guidance supported the action points, subject where appropriate, to adaptation to fit Scottish organisational arrangements. Details of, and links to, relevant Scottish policies, strategies, action plans and resources are also provided in the commentary.NICE public health guidance 20: Promoting young people's social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education [PDF: 270kb] has six recommendations each with a number of action points. These include:
NHS Health Scotland has considered the NICE recommendations in the Scottish context and the NHS Health Scotland Scottish Perspective on this guidance [external site] supported the action points, subject, where appropriate, to adaptation to fit Scottish organisational arrangements. Details of, and links to, relevant Scottish policies, strategies, action plans and resources are also provided in the Scottish Perspective. Other NICE public health guidance, for example, NICE public health guidance 7: Interventions in schools to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people [external site] recognises the role schools have in reducing health-damaging behaviour such as substance misuse, which can have a plausible impact on emotional and social wellbeing. The NHS Health Scotland Commentary [external site] on this guidance supported the action points, subject where appropriate, to the cited amendments and adaptations to fit Scottish organisational arrangements. The evidence statements and original recommendations made by NICE can be found on the NICE website [external site].
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Recommendations'Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future. 'Each establishment, working with partners, should take a holistic approach to promoting health and wellbeing, one that takes account of the stage of growth, development and maturity of each individual, and the social and community context.' Curriculum for Excellence [external site] The following list of actions from the The Mental Health of Children and Young People: A Framework for Promotion, Prevention and Care [external site] requires implementation by 2015. Local partnerships can help in:
These resources aim to support strategic partners in the effective delivery of an evidence-informed approach to mental health improvement planning and delivery, within the context of Curriculum for Excellence.
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