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Schools and Education Settings

What We Do

In collaboration schools Partnerships and DSPLs we:

  • provide arts therapists and counsellors to support children and young people who currently have no access to quality assured support
  • organise/offer training for schools and education settings
  • provide on-going support and supervision to staff
  • offer support to schools in developing a strategic plan for positive Emotional and Mental Health
  • organise and support parent training events.
  • develop and deliver successful and well attended conferences in collaboration with experts in mental heath and education
  • have an affiliation training organisations and supervise and place arts  therapist students in Primary and Early Years settings
  • are affiliated with and are active participants of the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Learning Collaborative programme
  • link with key outside agencies
  • communicate schools’ needs to leading commissioners
  • collate and evaluate data in partnership with CYP-IAPT and outside key agencies

What We Offer

Access to and support with:

  • NESSie My Time – A child-led, play based developmentally reparative and nurturing intervention for schools
  • NESSie My World and Me – An early intervention programme for children with ASD and emotional/behavioural problems
  • Brick Club –  Schools based social group intervention programme based on Lego™ Therapy for children with Autism and social communication needs .  


  • responding positively to self-harming behaviours
  • anxiety and developing resilience
  • Foundation in Emotional and Mental Health
  • LGBT and Diversity
  • Assessing and Evaluating mental health needs in school settings
  • supporting bereavement and loss in educational settings

How We Do It

NESSie Staff Support Forums offered locally each half term / termly (depending on need) providing training and supervision. These provide an invaluable opportunity for staff working in schools and settings to discuss important issues and gain support from one another and their area coordinator.

NESSie Training is offering in collaboration with the area DSPL (Areas 1 & 2),  and at SENCO and Family Support Worker Forums.

We offer all schools and settings an annual consultancy/planning meeting.

A Steering Group comprising ISL, ESTMA, Head Teachers, Parent and Partnership Development Officers is in place as a mechanism to drive the service forward.


Useful Resources and Sites

Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours is a practical down to earth approach to personal safety.  It is a process that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and avoid becoming a victim.  This is achieved by helping individuals to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection.  The Protective Behaviours process encourages an adventurous approach to life that satisfies the need for fun and excitement without violence and fear. 



 If you work in a school, there are a number of ways that you can support children and young people who have a family member in prison.  

We can also provide training and telephone support as well as one to one support and group sessions for children and young people in some areas. 


 0808 808 3444 

Herts Mind Network

We work with a number of schools in Hertfordshire and offer a range of activities from assemblies, to mental health workshops, staff training and fundraising events.

We create positive early experiences with mental health services, creating a safe space to explore feelings, improve understanding and gain confidence in talking about mental health and emotions.


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