Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner (EWP)
What are Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners?
EWPs are part of a new government initiative that aims to promote good emotional wellbeing and mental health by supporting children and their families through prevention, early intervention and education. EWPs are based in schools.
What support do Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners offer?
There are a number of different ways that we may be able to support your child:
• Support for children experiencing anxiety will be provided through sessions offered to parents as this has been proven to be the most effective way to address anxiety in primary school aged children;
• Support for parents who would like to understand more about their child and enjoy their time with their child more (for children under 8);
• Groups and workshops for parents on topics such as understanding your child’s behaviour, preparing for your child’s move to secondary school and ways of looking after your child’s emotional wellbeing;
• Supporting staff in your child’s school through training and consultation;
• Groups and workshops for children on topics such as ways of looking after your wellbeing, dealing with bullying and preparing for moving to secondary school;
• Supporting the school to develop a ‘whole school approach’ to emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Who are our Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners?
‘Most looking forward to building therapeutic relationships with young people, children and their families to have a positive impact on emotional wellbeing’
‘Most looking forward to working collaboratively with schools, parents and young people to ensure there is a consistent approach to improving emotional wellbeing’
How does my child access this support? How do I access this support?
Groups and workshops may be provided to your child in school and you will be informed if your child is included. Groups and workshops for parents will be advertised by the school. If you would like to receive support for you child who is experiencing anxiety or you would like support to understand your child’s behaviour more and enjoy your time with your child more (for parents of children under 8), then you will need to complete a brief request for support form.