Wellbeing of Ysgol Bancffosfelen Learners

Children’s mental health and wellbeing is very important to us at Ysgol Bancffosfelen. We offer a wide range of support within the school but also involve outside agencies if needed.


Members of staff that have attended Mindfullness training:

Marie Langabeer

Amanda Rees



The following staff have received ELSA training:

 Mrs Anne Marie Passmore

 Mrs Angharad Bryant


What are ELSAs?

ELSAs are emotional literacy support assistants. They are teaching assistants who have had special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children and young people in school.

ELSAs have regular professional supervision from educational psychologists to help them in their work.

ELSAs help children and young people learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them.

 They provide the time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they manage them.


How does ELSA work?

Most ELSA programmes will last for 6 to 12 weeks, helping the learners to learn some specific new skills or coping strategies.

Clear programme aims (SMART targets) need to be set early on and each session has an objective - something the ELSA wants to help the learners understand or achieve. The ELSA isn’t there to ‘fix’ the child. For learners with complex or long-term needs, it’s unrealistic to expect ELSA support to resolve all their difficulties. Change is a long-term process that needs everyone’s help


How can ELSA help?

Having an ELSA will make most difference when:

• other staff know about and support the ELSA work

• staff give the ELSA relevant background information on the child and family

• the ELSA liaises regularly with teachers to discuss progress and check on whether new skills are being transferred to class

• the ELSA has regular time for planning and delivering programmes

• ELSAs attend supervision regularly to get new ideas and develop their skills

• they aren’t given too many children to work with at one time

• they aren’t taken away from ELSA time to do other things

• there is a consistent, private space in which to work, free from interruptions

• pupils are released from lessons regularly to enable continuity of support

• the ELSA role isn’t confused with behaviour management (ELSA time isn’t meant for sorting out incidents or telling children off!)

• pupils are helped to find their own solutions rather than ELSAs telling them what to do.


 Why is it important to promote children’s mental health and wellbeing?

Promoting children and young people’s wellbeing is a key part of keeping them safe, helping them develop and ensuring they have positive outcomes into adulthood.


Mental health plays a key role in a child’s overall wellbeing and can be affected by various factors, including:

• Environment

• Stress

• family circumstances

• abuse and neglect.

Negative experiences can adversely affect a child’s mental health, just as positive experiences can help improve it


 Everyone’s responsibility

Anyone who works with children and young people have a responsibility to promote their wellbeing, recognise any concerns about a child’s welfare and know what action to take to keep children safe


TAF- Team Around The Family

What is TAF?

From time to time, everyone needs a little extra help for happy, healthy and successful lives. Team Around the Family (TAF) is a way of bringing people together who can help you and your family really make a difference. TAF will work with you and make sure you get the help and support you need. Team Around the Family is not a Statutory Service which means you will not be working with a Social Worker and you can change your mind at any time. Team Around the Family can provide help and support with all sorts of issues such as concerns about school and education, behaviour, health, housing, etc. If you would like to know more about how TAF could support you, please contact the team or explore this section of the website.


School Nurse

School nurse- Please contact the school to speak to the school nurse


Useful websites

MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/


NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mentalhealth/


ELSA https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/


YOUNG MIND’s https://youngminds.org.uk/


TAF https://fis.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/


 NHS https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others/childrensmental-health/


Place2Be https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-andcarers/supporting-your-child-s-mental-health/


Area 43 counselling https://www.area43.co.uk/counselling/


Meic Cymru https://www.meiccymru.org/