About the service

We are in the process of developing a new school-based service which we are co-producing with local schools and Surrey County Council to ensure it is responsive to the needs of the school age population and delivers what is needed for children, young people and their families and the schools. 

Each secondary school will have a named Early Intervention Coordinator who will be a dedicated supporter and act as a familiar face who can connect the child, young person or family to the right support or advice. Feedback will be regularly analysed to ensure we respond to any emerging needs and trends.

What it will offer

It will offer a range of services for mild to moderate/emerging mental health issues including advice and signposting for children, young people, parents and school staff, 1-1 support and group work for children, young people and parents (both within school and out of school settings). The support for children, school staff and parents will be more creative and widened to make more use of the many additional services available from our alliance partners.

In addition to the work of the new Community Wellbeing Team, we have also secured funding for an additional 10 Mental Health Support Teams (over the next three years) who will support clusters of schools with a range of support including guided self-help, CBT and counselling.

What’s new

This new service will be school-facing and school-led. This means that we will be moving away from a standardised offer across the county to a far more personalised service in line with the particular needs of the school, its parents and children.

Schools will begin to work in clusters which align with district and borough boundaries. This will enable better sharing of ideas and resources by bringing together key people in a multi-agency network who can talk together and help provide more appropriate care and support for families. In time we plan to have a ‘link therapist’ for each school-based cluster.

Outside of this school-based needs offer, there are other changes for schools; these include a new neurodevelopmental pathway, intensive support for schools where needs have otherwise not been fully met and specific support for Pupil Referral Units. Through all of the seven new services, it is hoped that there is less demand placed upon schools due to other types of help and support being more accessible.

There are also support offers for schools from Reaching Out, the Neurodevelopmental Service and Building Resilience.

Coming soon

We are planning to launch a ‘Celebrating ADHD’ programme in local schools. This will involve children who are known to Barnardo’s, and who may be finding it difficult to make friends. We will aim to reduce the stigma that sometimes accompanies children with ADHD, and help them to build better relationships with their classmates. 

There will also be enhanced school support and parent/carer and young person support provided by Learning Space, Barnardo’s and National Autistic Society. Among the services on offer, these organisations will provide bespoke training for schools to help them support children living with neurodevelopmental issues.

We are planning to roll out an advice and consultation service for special schools, provided by The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Future plans

A new online resource is being developed to help young people, parents and professionals easily find self-help, training, support and additional information – we will call this DigiDen.