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Talk Time

Talk Time

Helping schools to improve attainment by improving Children and Young Peoples mental and emotional wellbeing.

We know there is an urgent need to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of our children. Schools in the UK are well placed in identifying problems and make sure that children get the support they need. Talk Time is an innovative approach to help children aged 5 to 11 with identifying any causes of difficulties in order to find ways to overcome the problem and reduce the impact on the child. Talk time improves attainment and attendance for schools and more importantly children’s wellbeing, as it helps alleviate the difficulties the child is experiencing. Talk Time we believe, reduces referrals to CAMHS and Social Care services. 

There is growing government commitment to raising the priority of mental health in general and of children in particular. According to the Department of Education guidance on ‘Mental Health and Behaviour in School’ (March 2015): ‘In order to help their pupils to succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy.’

Talk Time is the best approach to early help in this area because it is linked with schools and with families (not just stand alone counselling that doesn’t work for young children).
If we are able to tap into appropriate sources of funding, there could be a huge demand
The model is replicable and is congruent with the values of Action for Children. The service can be developed into a model of practice with clear principles and processes. We have evidence of the positive impact we can achieve.