Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People

The Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People project has been running for two years and is supported by a number of agencies, including CWP, Cheshire East Council, local schools, Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire CCG and the charities Visyon and Just Drop In. 

The project focuses on improving resilience across schools and aims to develop teaching staff to ensure they meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of their students.

The third phase of the Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People began in April 2019 with CWP as the lead provider. CWP work in close partnership with Visyon and Just Drop In to deliver the offer to all schools and settings, Local Authority Youth Provision, and Community Organisations Affiliated to Connected Communities.

Covid-19 - What Cheshire East Schools and settings can access to support the mental well-being of your children and young people.

Due to the on-going situation regarding the pandemic, the Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People’s Link Team consultation offer has been reviewed and based on conversations with colleagues the following changes have been made and will continue until further notice:


  • Telephone consultations will be offered on a one to one basis
  • Consultations will operate Monday to Friday  9am – 4pm on a pre-booked basis
  • Bookings will be made and confirmed using the team email address cwp.emotionally.healthyschools@nhs.net  
  • The paperwork accessed under the consultation tab below will need to be completed prior to consultation and forwarded securely to the team email address (above) at least 24 hrs prior to the consultation. There is also a leaflet explaining the consultation to parents.
  • Schools will be responsible for obtaining parental consent to discuss the child or young person at consultation – if it is not possible to get a consent form signed by a parent or carer, the school will need to obtain verbal consent and record a date, time and method eg. Phone, email


We hope that offering a higher degree of flexibility will enable our service users to access support in a timely manner during this challenging time.

Resource list to support schools help their children and young people and parents: Click Here



Resource list to help schools and families/carers to support their children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions during Covid-19 and the return to school click here

More Covid-19 Resources here


Self-Harm Pathway for schools and colleges

A resource for supporting children and young people who present with thoughts and behaviours of self-harm. Access the pathway here

The full offer explained

You can access Visyon’s offer of support to schools here: https://www.visyon.org.uk/support-for-schools

To book on to any of our training and consultation sessions described below click here.

  • Mental Health Awareness Training

    Our core training which is delivered in one day covers anxiety, depression, self-harm (including the Self-Harm Pathway) and outcome measures (specifically Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire SDQ, understanding and scoring).

    Staff are first asked to complete four mind-ed core modules and then attend the training session to gain additional knowledge and embed learning into practice. This is done through practical case studies and resources to help respond confidently to specific mental health difficulties.

    Attendees should register at www.minded.org.uk and create a learning account. Each module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete:

    • Measuring what happens (module code 410-067)
    • The worried child (module code 410-025)
    • Sad, bored or isolated (module code 410-021)
    • Self-harm and risky behaviour (module code 410-029)

    Who should attend: This may be a pastoral staff member, safeguarding lead or someone with a special interest and function within the school/setting around mental health and emotional wellbeing, but is open to anyone and everyone working in a Cheshire East school, Local Authority Youth Provision, and Community Organisations Affiliated to Connected Communities.

  • Mental Health Consultation

    Group based offer of mental health consultation.

    Schools/settings identify a child or young person where there is cause for concern and prioritise them for consultation. Advice is given on the most appropriate interventions, resources and pathways. There is opportunity for shared learning across schools/settings.

    Who should attend: This will preferably be a member of staff that has attended our Mental Health Awareness Training, completed an SDQ and collated background information for the child or young person that they wish to discuss.

    Relevant documents

  • Facilitated Reflection Sessions

    This part of the offer can be accessed as a whole school during a twighlight session, or inset day as required. We provide a session where staff can reflect on practice, share good working principles, and embed learning into their work with children and young people. There may be a focus on specific themes relating to practice to explore improved ways of working, and self-care, whilst ensuring a supportive environment.

    Who should attend: Ideally this would be a member of staff that has attended our Mental Health Awareness Training and a consultation session, enabling them to reflect on strategies and resources that have been tried.

  • Simulation Training for Responding to Self Harm

    * This training is for teaching staff supporting young people in Secondary Schools, Colleges and Alternative Educational provision.

    Responding to Self-harm Simulation Training is based in Macclesfield District General Hospital (MDGH). This training is aimed at professionals working within the education sector, who care/support for children and young people. This style of training provides a safe and supported opportunity to practice responding to self-harm behaviour.

    Please note that this training is practical and involves involvement from all delegates (discussion/roleplay). We have received feedback from previous delegates saying that this enables learning and improves confidence.

    It is a pre-requisite that all attendees complete the MindEd Module, “Self-Harm and Risky Behaviour” prior to attending the face to face course.

    Attendees should log in/register at www.minded.org.uk and create a learning account. The module takes approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete. Certificates can be saved electronically as proof of completion and will be requested on the day.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Improved confidence & understanding of responding to self-harm
    • Recognise active listening skills and practical development.
    • Awareness of Gibbs reflective cycle and practical development
    • Awareness of the self-harm pathway
    • Understanding of confidentiality and self-harm.

    For information on how to park at Macclesfield District General Hospital, please visit: https://www.eastcheshire.nhs.uk/Patients-Visitors/car-parking.htm

    Relevant documents

  • Mental Health First Aid

    This is the Full Mental Health First Aid: Youth - 2 Day course.

    Who can attend?

    • Course available to: those working in Cheshire East Schools, Voluntary and Charity Sector.
    • Course cost: £20 to be invoiced via details on your booking form.


    The booking process must be completed to reserve your space:

    Download and complete the booking form below, including which date you would like to attend

    Your manager signs the form

    Return the form to  emotionally.healthyschools@nhs.net


    Course Description:

    This is the Full Mental Health First Aid: Youth - 2 Day course.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse. Our courses won't teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

    But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.

    Let's create a future where mental health is treated as a normal part of life, in the same way as physical health. A future where every young person has access to support if they need it.


    Booking Form



  • Next Step Cards Training

    Next Step is designed to support anyone who cares for children and young people. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, mental health professional or commissioner of health and social care services, Next Step is a tool that helps young people to communicate on their own terms, in their own environment
    The Cards are used as a resource to help open up a conversation and use the Goal Based Outcome ap-proach.
    The licenses include:

    • Full training (based on the latest blended learning techniques) 
    • Pack of cards
    • Access to online software (including monthly data reports)

    Next Step is a set of 52 unique cards, with each card representing a particular mood, thought, action or goal.


    Setting goals is clinically proven to increase self-confidence and help achieve better out-comes. Next Step supports young people to feel in control of their mental health and emotional wellbe-ing.
    The kit:

    • Is designed to support the use of ‘Goal Based Outcomes’ - a nationally mandated outcome measure used in NHS Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services
    • Demonstrates reliable change in young people’s progress towards their goals
    • Provides a way of tracking progress between each session and identifies a definitive end point to intervention
    • Encourages young people to lead the conversation and identify gradual steps to improve emo-tional wellbeing
    • Uses a solution-focused process to help young people achieve their goals


    The cost of the training and access to the internet application is £50


    Please download the Booking Form Here




Contact the Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People service

Tel: 01625 508517
Email: cwp.emotionally.healthyschools@nhs.net 

*Please be aware the Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People service does not cover Vale Royal/Winsford