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DfE Funded Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust will be delivering the DfE fully funded training for Senior Mental Health Leads in schools and colleges across the Yorkshire and Humber from Autumn 2021.The DfE will publish its list of approved courses in September, along with further details of their opt-in DfE digital service to access a grant to pay for quality assured Senior Mental Health Lead training.

Our training will support Senior Mental Health Leads to fulfil their role effectively to develop a Whole School Approach to promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing within their setting. The training, which is planned for a maximum of 15 delegates on each course, will be delivered at Northorpe Hall in Mirfield, Wet Yorkshire. This will enable the course to meet delegate’s specific requirements and allow for personalised and collaborative learning. We will be running each course three times over the academic year.

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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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