What is the Aim of ConnectEd?
This website is here to assist school staff and parents/carers to support children who have, or may be at risk of developing, mental health problems.
It has been produced by the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster) (CCS), a charity with over two decades experience of working with children and families (of all faiths and none) to support their mental health needs.
ConnectEd is the name for CCS’s early intervention mental health services. These include counselling and therapy delivered in schools across London and Hertfordshire as well as on-site at our Family Centre in Haringey (ConnectEd North).
We also deliver bespoke mental health training for school staff.
Why is there a need for ConnectEd?
Mental health issues are on the rise; one in 10 children aged between five and 15 have a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder.
Often children and young people find it difficult to tell us their thoughts, ideas and feelings, partly due to their lack of maturity. As a result their behaviour can be the key “language” they use to try to get their needs met.
It is easy to understand how it is possible for many signs of their emotional distress to go either un-noticed or misunderstood, especially when the behaviours being used are negative, challenging and distressing for everyone involved. But the consequence of this lack of recognition and the failure to provide support can result in children’s mental health further deteriorating with serious long-term consequences.
This website aims to help meet this need by enhancing teachers and parents/carers’ understanding of how children and young people can be affected by mental health issues. It also gives detailed information on the mental health services available through ConnectEd to help ensure more children and families can access the specialist support they need.