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DfE Funded Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust are quality assured trainers by Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools to deliver the DfE Senior Mental Health Lead Training for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. 

We offer four face-to-face courses which have been designed to allow Senior Mental Health Leads to develop the specific skills and knowledge most relevant to their role and needs of the school at the time. Our bespoke courses offer ongoing support during and after the course from Course Leaders who have an Education background. 

Each course is suitable for Senior Mental Health Leads in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges (Sixth Form and Further Education), Middle Schools, Special Schools and Alternative Provision.  

Completion of all four courses will ensure that the learner has covered all the DfE Learning Outcomes for Senior Mental Health Lead training. Alternatively, settings may choose a particular course which meets their specific identified learning needs.  

The maximum number of delegates on any course is limited to 15 to ensure personalised learning. Each course can be booked individually at a cost of £240 (plus VAT). A discount will be applied if all four courses are booked at the time of booking.  

Further information DfE Senior Mental Health Lead Training and grant funding or email

Our courses

Offer: book all four courses with us for £880 (original price £960)


Who we are

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is an independent  charity, working closely with NHS and Kirklees Council health and care services. Our staff and volunteers provide essential services supporting the health and wellbeing of Kirklees children, young people and families.

Karen Butcher

Team Lead for Education CAMHS Link Work 

Karen has worked at Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust for seven years. Karen has led the drive to support educational establishments to review their practice with regards to emotional wellbeing and mental health, and foster a strategic Whole School Approach in order to increase early intervention and prevention and promote a culture where mental health is ‘everyone’s business’. Karen is a practicing counsellor working with children and young people age 5-18, so has direct experience of working with children and young people who are struggling with their mental health and emotional well-being.

Prior to working at Northorpe Hall, Karen worked in education for thirty years, the latter twenty as a Primary Head Teacher. Karen’s understanding, knowledge and skills in school leadership, combined with understanding, knowledge and skills in mental health and emotional wellbeing will be invaluable in supporting the development of the Senior Mental Health Lead role.

Helen Parker

CAMHS Education Link Worker at Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust

Helen has recently joined Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust. Prior to this she worked in Education for twenty-two years; the last eleven years a Head Teacher. Her main role as CAHMS Education Link Worker is to work with schools and colleges to develop a school wide, preventative approach to supporting children and young people with emotional and mental health needs.

Helen’s recent lived experience of the challenges of school leadership and change, and the passion of ensuring mental health is ‘everyone’s business’, will be invaluable in supporting the growth and development of Senior Mental Health Leads.

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