Our commitment to keeping our children safe, and providing the best possible environment in which every child is cared for and able to learn and grow, underpins all our teaching and learning.
Part of this commitment includes ensuring that we actively nurture our children's physical and mental health.
The R.O.A.R response to mental health in primary schools is Liverpool's initiative to support children's mental health.
Recognise the signs and symptoms
Ask Open questions [try to find the BIG thought]
Access support, services and self-care
Try using the ROAR Rainbow to ask your child how they are feeling from 1 – 10. 1 means they are feeling very sad or worried, and 10 means they are feeling great. Your child may feel somewhere in between and may move up and down the Rainbow during the day. Try using this with your child – you could tell them how you’re feeling first to start the conversation.
Ask your child/children to rate themselves and how they feel along the rainbow. It is okay to not feel okay. We all have good day and bad days. This will give you a good idea of how ready and able they are to engage with whatever you are doing at that point in the day.
This could be used over a week to identify key times of the day when your child’s mental health is low. How could you change your routine and structure of the day to change this?
Could you put in an exercise or relaxation session?
Is it time to connect with friends and family?
Is it time to go outside and enjoy some fresh air and connect with nature?
Maybe take some time listen to music or enjoy a story together.
MEET RESILIENT RALPH
We use Resilient Ralph in school as a talking point for resilience
- Green hat – keep calm and relax hat.
- T-shirt to remind people to be resilient.
- Rubberband – Do you bent or break? We all have a breaking point.
- Springs to bounce back
To help in supporting your child's mental health the following resources may be useful.
Useful links for parents and carers