Wellbeing resources for you and those in your partnership

Although highly rewarding at times, working with children and young people who have SEND can be demanding – and may be only one of several roles that you fulfil in school. It can involve dealing with challenging situations where emotions may run high. It can involve supporting children, young people, colleagues and parents – often all at the same time.

For this reason, it is important to look after your own wellbeing and make sure that you have time to recover and rejuvenate, and that you encourage colleagues to do the same.

Ways to create a supportive culture in school

Good wellbeing is essential for cultivating a mentally healthy school or setting, for retaining and motivating staff and for promoting the wellbeing of children and young people.

Wellbeing needs to be promoted at an organisational level with the school or setting’s leadership team modelling and building a culture of trust where staff feel valued, can be open about their health and wellbeing and know how to access support if they need it.

A school or setting’s caring ethos and environment will have an impact on the wellbeing of its staff, children and young people.

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has more information and resources: