We know that measuring the impact of emotional wellbeing is difficult, but there are clear indicators of need that we can identify through presenting behaviours or an awareness of a child’s context. This can help us establish a clear baseline to then be able to track progress or development.
We created the child wellbeing profiles to help you focus on each child individually and to measure the impact of the intervention. They provide a framework of understanding about the possible presenting behaviours, what these behaviours may be masking or communicating and they allow for observation and awareness to notice and see even small changes that can be significant in how a child is managing or shifting in their developmental journey. The indicator descriptors can deepen our awareness of the underlying needs and help us to then target the intervention.
The child wellbeing profiles are used prior to the start of the intervention and again on completion of the programme to show impact or change as part of the programme but also can be used as part of a wider approach, as a signposting tool and as part of EHCP reviews or provision mapping.
By highlighting key aspects within these areas of mental health, it is expected that SENCOs and pastoral staff will gain a deeper awareness of the child’s mental health, presenting behaviours and underlying needs and will enable them to notice, identify and provide targeted intervention and care.