Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health


Your child's Mental Health and Wellbeing

Children’s mental health and well-being, now more than ever, is being reported on more and more.  With a range of issues surrounding social media, isolation, self-esteem, diet, among many others. It is clear that there is a nationwide concern around children’s mental health.

At The Forest View Academy we have several strategies to support children’s mental health and the worries they may have. These include worry monsters, nurture groups, sessions with our Safeguarding and Pastoral Lead, Mrs Dunn, extra-curriculum activities, liaising with parents/carers. As well as simply providing time out in a safe space for a child to have their wishes and feelings heard. 

Early intervention can be highly effective in improving wellbeing and reducing the impact of mental health problems. That is why at The Forest View Academy we have adopted a whole school approach to promote good mental health and wellbeing.                 

Mrs Dunn, Designated Mental Health Lead (DMHL) and is working to enhance the profile of wellbeing around the school.      

We have systems in place that allow us to identify individual children who would benefit from additional social, emotional, and mental health support. School-based interventions such as Art Therapy, Draw and Talk and ELSA allow children a chance to express their feelings and/or worries as well as equip them with the skills and knowledge to prioritise and address their wellbeing and mental health. We also work effectively with local children and young people’s mental health services, including Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs).

Lead Staff Members

Mrs Ruth Harrison Principal
Mrs Sarah DUnn Safeguarding and Pastoral Lead & Designated Mental Health Lead (DMH)
Should you need any help or advice regarding issues around mental health and well-being please do not hesitate to contact us at school.


Available support
  • In school we are able to offer one-to-one support with trained adults if a child is feeling worried and would like to talk to someone.
  • We are a Rights Respecting school – children are aware of Article 17 – The right to get information that is important to your wellbeing.
  • Small class sizes enable teachers to be nurturing and personalised in their approach.
  • Liaison with Healthy Families Team – School Drop Ins (an open forum for parents to attend and discuss any concerns).

If children are still struggling to manage their feelings and emotions despite accessing support in school, we can refer to other support agencies such as; CAMHS and the Healthy Families Team.


Ways forward

We can assess their emotional behaviour using an assessment called The Boxall Profile.

If you have any worries about your child’s emotional well-being and mental health, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff in school

For Young People

Help & Advice

Chat Health 07507 329952
This is a confidential texting service for 11 to 19 year olds in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust