School Based HWB Support
The school-based HWB support section is comprised of two primary elements which are HWB Logs and practical examples of HWB improvement strategies.
The HWB Logs provide guidance and tools to support educators to identify any concerns with HWB over a period of time and be confident in their own ability to identify this concern. It will help staff to identify the need to provide additional support within the school. However, if necessary the HWB Logs provide the basis for evidencing the need to access support options that are available within the community or, if necessary, support children and families to access appropriate clinical care pathways.
The practical examples of HWB improvement strategies offer examples of support or programmes of work that can be offered by staff within school, once a non-urgent concern has been identified, in order to address an issue and provide less intensive, introductory support to pupils within the establishment. This would, in many cases, be considered as the first option within an increasing intensive suite of support options.
The purpose of Additional HWB Support section is to ensure that pupils receive the most appropriate and best available support in a timely manner. This support may be within the school curriculum and where this is the case this section can help to reduce inappropriate referrals to clinical services such as Occupational Therapy.
The HWB topics currently supported within this section are listed below –
The purpose of the Lifestyle Ready Reckoner is to identify patterns of behaviour that have been proven to be related to unhealthy weight gain in childhood and subsequent health concerns.
Practical Examples of HWB Improvement Strategies
This element is comprised of strategies, resources and programmes that can be implemented within the school, following identification of a non-urgent HWB concern. Examples of non-urgent concerns include poor physical literacy or an unhealthy weight status, which, require to be addressed but which do not pose an immediate serious threat to a pupil’s physical or mental health and wellbeing.
This section should be used to attempt to address specific concerns prior to any clinical or external referral process though established Care Pathways. However, other less intensive support within an extra-curricular or community setting, for example after school clubs, may be complimentary to anything offered within the curriculum and can be encouraged.
Any serious issues or urgent concerns should still be dealt with according to established school and Local Authority procedures.