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Are you worried about a child's mental health

In the UK today, an estimated five children in every classroom have a mental health problem. (

What is Mental Ill-Health?

Mental ill-health can manifest in many different ways. A child could present with sadness, anger, low appetite, tired, emotional or just behaving differently or unusually. Changing mood is part of growing up and is perfectly normal however if a child is not bouncing back from these changing moods or you have concerns, please speak with someone.

If you are concerned about the mental health of a child please contact the school for advice.

What is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)?

CAMHS is an NHS service that supports children with serious mental health related issues. A CAMHS referral can be made by the school or via your GP. 

NSPCC - Keeping Children Safe

The new NSPCC helpline will support children and young people, and offer guidance to adults and staff working with pupils

Training and resources to help you protect children from abuse and neglect - visit the NSPCC website.


Kooth is a free and completely confidential online counselling service, providing emotional and mental health support to children and young people between the ages of 10 and 24. Our students can access Kooth by signing up via their website Kooth is available 24/7 for wellbeing support and advice from professionals as well as pre-moderated peer support. Watch this video for further information.

Further support and advice can be found on the following websites:

Young Minds

Young People Services - Dorset Mind