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Children's Mental Health at Broadfield

Our aims

At Broadfield Primary school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and every child in our school. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at all and vulnerable pupils. We know we are pioneers at supporting children with social emotional and mental health needs, but there is always more we can do.

This document describes Broadfield’s approach to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. This policy is intended as guidance for all staff and governors. This policy should be read in conjunction with our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy as SEMH is one of the four broad categories of need according to the SEND Code of Practice (2020), the Behaviour Policy and also the Staff Well-being Policy. This policy also links to our Safeguarding policy, RSHE policy and the Equality policy. To view these policies please see our "Policies and Statutory information" page. 

In addition the policy relates to the Statutory guidance for Physical health and mental wellbeing (Primary and secondary)

Please also be aware that promoting Children's Mental Health also features within the Broadfield Curriculum, in particular through PHSE and RHE.

The Policy Aims to:

  • Highlight the importance of positive mental health at Broadfield School.
  • Increase understanding and awareness of common mental health issues in children.
  • Alert staff to early warning signs of mental ill health in children.
  • Outline Broadfield’s Pathway to supporting Social Emotional and Mental Health
  • Provide support to pupils suffering mental ill health their peers and parents/carers. 


Our Mental Health Lead is Mrs Georgina Melling and can be contacted via school 01706 647 580.

 Appendix 1- Broadfield SEMH Pathway Flow Chart.pdfDownload
 Appendix 2- HMR MHST DescriptionPathway.pdfDownload
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External Links to help support children's mental health

#Thrive (HMR)

We support children and young people, aged up to 19 years, who are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues (e.g. feeling stressed, worried or not enjoying things).

You must live or be registered with a GP practice (doctor) in the Rochdale borough (which includes Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale). #Thrive can also provide advice and support to parents, carers and anyone that works with a child or young person. Give us a call for more information or to book an appointment: 0161 716 2844 



Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service), formerly Healthy Young Minds. We offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.


Youth in Mind- 

Youth in Mind prioritise two main areas. Firstly, we work closely with schools to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide education and support to students, parents, teachers and governors. Secondly, we offer an innovative range of therapeutic services that can be tailored to meet both school, community and individual needs.


Anna Freud Foundation-

Our Parents and Carers resources offer advice and guidance to help support the children and young people who may be struggling with poor mental health.

Beyond Psychology-

Beyond Psychology is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise led by Clinical Psychologists, who use their expert knowledge, empowering people to improve the mental health of children and their families.