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Talking about mental health and wellbeing information and support for children

A toolkit for teachers, other colleagues, parents or carers, to support children aged 8 – 12 years old to have their say
 

Introduction for adult facilitators

This survey has been created to ensure primary school children aged 8-to-12-years-old can get involved in a consultation about mental health and wellbeing. The results from these conversations will help inform the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board, which is jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA. There is an accompanying toolkit for over 12s. Get in touch with srobertson@youthlinkscotland.org if you want to know more about that.
 
This engagement opportunity is being managed by one of the project partners, Children’s Parliament. If you have any questions, please contact us colin@childrensparliament.org.uk. Or you can also contact emma.papakyriakou@gov.scot at Scottish Government for more information about the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board and how responses to the toolkit will be used.

When we talk about mental health and wellbeing, this is what we mean:
  • We all have physical health and mental health.
  • Our mental health is our feelings, thinking, emotions and moods.
  • Positive and negative emotions come and go.
  • At times you can feel down, angry, overwhelmed. Maybe you have times when don’t feel like yourself.
  • At other times you can feel happy, positive and carefree.

By talking with children and collecting their responses you will help us understand how we can make sure children can access the information and support they want and need when it comes to their mental health and wellbeing.

The idea is that 8-to-12-year-olds can work with an adult they know and trust so that they can give us their opinions. Working together, please make sure that you write in the responses from the individual or group. Remember it is the views of the children that we are asking for.

We want your individual child or group to discuss as many of the questions as they want to. You don’t have to do them all, but the more you do, the more we find out. The amount of time your discussion takes will depend on your children and how much they want to discuss.

There are no right or wrong answers. It’s what children think that matters.

In terms of consent, when you invite children to take part, and when you start the discussion with the explanatory text, you can check they are consenting to take part. You can answer questions they have. You might want to send home some advance information about the group conversation to parents and carers. If it is your normal practice to seek parental consent for consultations like this, then please do so. We are not asking you to record any personal details of children.

Finally, there is a section at the end that asks about who took part. Please do tell us about the individual or group so we know who we have heard from. This is all confidential, we do not ask for names. Please assure the children that their personal details will not be collected, just their views on the prompt questions.

The closing date for you to send us your responses is Monday 20th June.

Toolkit
You can also download these questions as a toolkit and work on a desktop to return by email. Or you can print the toolkit, write your response, and either scan the toolkit and email it, or send it to us in the post. For more information, please visit: https://www.childrensparliament.org.uk/talking-about-mental-health-and-wellbeing-information-and-support-for-children/


A note on the use of data: The anonymous responses to the toolkit will be analysed and reported on by the project partners: Children’s Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament, YouthLink Scotland, Young Scot and the Scottish Government. Responses will be used for the purpose of analysis and publications. The results may also become publicly available.