10 February 2022
The Government of Jersey has partnered with the Anna Freud Centre to review and improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in the Island.
As part of the new Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy (2022- 2025), the significant role that schools and colleges play in supporting the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people is fully recognised.
The Anna Freud Centre has been commissioned to develop and implement an independent review of current mental health support and provision in Jersey schools, they will then work with settings to develop individual actions plans.
The review will focus on assessing the individual needs of both primary and secondary schools including post 16 provision in Jersey, to understand what is and is not currently working.
Alongside the review, the project team aims to develop a competency framework for Jersey schools and to provide recommendations around the strategies and investment required to improve the quality, consistency and impact of mental health and wellbeing support helping children and young people to thrive.
The Anna Freud Centre will be assessing and analysing the findings over the Spring and will work with the Department of Children, Young People, Education and Skills to design the future model of mental health support in schools based upon findings.
The information will be used to understand common gaps in provision, training needs, themes, and areas for development across all schools and colleges in Jersey.