School Wellbeing Service


The aim of the service is to work within school clusters to strengthen and improve the emotional and mental health support arrangements for children and young people in universal school settings.



  • The service will be overseen by the CAMHS Executive and delivered in partnership by City of York Council (CYC), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and School Clusters.
  • The service will be implemented across School settings within the City of York based on the learning and evidence from The CAMHS Cluster Pilot (2015-2016)
  • The Health Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and CYC will fund six new School Wellbeing Workers to be based in each of the six geographical school clusters across York.
  • The School Wellbeing Worker role will focus on; a. training, b. consultation, c. facilitating pathways and d. direct work
  • The service will be evaluated to provide evidence of impact and added value, in order to inform decisions about the future direction, funding and sustainability of the service


 The School Wellbeing Service: Service Overview and Summary


  • Children and young people’s social, emotional and mental health is everyone’s responsibility
  • Capacity building and the up-skilling of staff, within existing school pastoral systems and structures, will enable more effective support and evidence based interventions to take place
  • Support needs to be responsive, flexible and child centred and will attempt to provide the right help when children and young people need it.
  • Services and support needs to be informed by the voice and experience of children and young people
  • Different agencies, professionals and support staff will work as an integrated team around the child and their family, within the school setting to order to coordinate and maximise the care and support provided
  • Early identification and support will secure, for many children and young people, the best future outcomes and reduce the likelihood of future emotional and mental health issues
  • Where possible support for children and young people will be provided by known and trusted adults
  • Where possible services will be delivered as close to the local community as possible, involving the school cluster model
  • Health and social care pathways for children and young people are integrated and take account of each ‘child’s journey’ through services
  • A confident, committed and knowledgeable children’s workforce ensures that only those children and young people who are in need of CAMHS intervention progress to the specialist providers



  1. School staff will have increased knowledge and confidence in supporting children and young people with emotional and mental health issues.
  2. Children and young people are identified early and supported effectively within school to prevent needs increasing and the requirement for specialist intervention where appropriate
  3. Increasing number of children and young people feel more able to cope with emotional and mental health issues within a school setting





School Wellbeing Worker


Kathy Jones

North East

Laura McMurray


Nicky Freeborn


Victoria Wall


Sharon Daniel


Louise Wall


Any questions or for further information please contact:

Emma Hughes,, Team Leader School Wellbeing Service