The WNHSS was launched in 1999 to encourage the development of local healthy school schemes within a national framework. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises the WNHSS as playing a key role in promoting the health of children and young people, and the scheme has been rolled out across Wales since 2000.
Each local scheme is responsible for supporting the development of health promoting schools within their area. The WNHSS describes a health promoting school as one which 'actively promotes, protects and embeds the physical, mental and social health and well being of its community through positive action'. This can be achieved through policy, strategic planning, staff development, curriculum, ethos, physical environment and community relations.
Within the scheme, there are seven different health topics that schools need to address. These include:
· Food and Fitness
· Mental and Emotional Health and Well Being
· Personal Development and Relationships
· Substance Use and Misuse
FOOD AND FITNESS
Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales. It runs a range of educational programmes to support this.
HEALTH CHALLENGE WALES
Resources that are aimed at individuals and organisations to encourage healthy eating and physical activity as part of daily life.
BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION CYMRU
A range of resources to encourage increased physical activity for teachers and students.
FOOD A FACT OF LIFE
Developed by the British Nutrition Foundation, with lots of supporting materials for secondary schools, particularly related to cooking. Only available through the medium of English.
FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY IN WALES
The Agency’s role is to improve food safety and standards in Wales and protect the health of the population in relation to food. They produce resources that could be used in schools.
WELLBEING AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Meic is a bilingual advocacy, information and advice helpline for children in Wales. www.meiccymru.org
Freephone: 080 880 23456
Online chat is also available
Barnardo’s Cymru works with children, young people and families in Wales to help ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.
Mind Cymru provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Information leaflets on many issues such as relaxation, anger management, anxiety and improving self-esteem. Training for those working with young people on Youth Mental First aid.
Mind Infoline (9am - 6pm, weekdays only): 0300 123 3393
ChildLine provides advice for young people on a range of issues including bullying, online and mobile safety and self-harm.
Freephone: 0800 1111 (bilingual helpline)
1-2-1 online chat also available
The Childline Zipit app has useful phrases and light hearted images that young people can send back to someone if they ask for a nude photo or other sexual image.
LIVE FEAR FREE
Live Fear Free Helpline and website (Wales,) run by Welsh Women’s Aid, is a national, confidential support and information service for anyone experiencing sexual violence, domestic abuse or other forms of violence against women or for anyone wanting more information on available support services.
Freephone (24 hours a day, 365 days a year): 0808 80 10 800
www.gov.wales/livefearfree (with a live chat feature)
Hafan Cymru Spectrum Project domestic abuse schools programme works in primary and secondary schools across Wales to teach children about healthy relationships, abuse and its consequences and where to seek help. The programme includes raising awareness of abuse amongst teachers and teaching support staff, youth workers, and other interested professionals.
CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER FOR WALES
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales stands up for children and young people’s rights. This work links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Information on bullying and cyber bullying on the website.
CARERS TRUST WALES
Carers Trust Wales provides resources and information for anyone working with young carers including:
Supporting Young Carers in School – Wales A toolbox designed with teachers and school staff, this resource helps make the identification and support of young carers in schools in Wales as easy as possible.
Filter is the young people’s service from Ash Wales which aims’ to filter out the myths and give the facts about smoking’. For information on smoking and help on quitting visit the website or text / WhatsApp 074 5366 5220
Ash Wales offer statistics and information on smoking in Wales
DAN, the Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline, provides free and confidential information or help on issues relating to drugs or alcohol, 24 Hours a day, 365 days a year through the medium of Welsh and English. Call 0808 808 2234
Frank provides English medium, youth focused advice. Call 0300 123 6600
HELP ME QUIT
Help Me Quit is a bilingual website with information on all NHS stop smoking services in Wales.
ALCOHOL CONCERN CYMRU
Alcohol Concern Cymru is working with support from the Welsh Government to aim to reduce the harm caused by alcohol in Wales.
DRINK WISE WALES
Run by Alcohol Concern Cymru, this is any easy-to-use bilingual website giving information on sensible drinking and about how alcohol affects your body. It has a range of interactive activities as well as information on all aspects of alcohol.
Resources for teachers, learners and parents/carers on substance use and misuse and other health topics to support the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme.
NHS DIRECT WALES
NHS Direct Wales provides health information on substance use and misuse and appropriate local services.
Telephone: 0845 46 47
CANCER RESEARCH UK
Cancer Research UK provides comprehensive information on a range of lifestyle issues such as smoking and alcohol.
Brook provides free and confidential sexual health services and advice for young people under 25. Their website has lots of information about all aspects of sex and relationships, as well as leaflets, posters and resources to order.
The Family Planning Association is a sexual health charity which provides information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK. Their website has information that will help students, staff and parents/carers.
Sexwise provides easy to access information for young people on contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy.
SEX EDUCATION FORUM
The Sex Education Forum is run by the National Children's Bureau. It aims to ensure that children and young people have the right to good sex and relationships education (SRE). Its work is underpinned by evidence, a rights-based approach and the expressed needs of children and young people.
Stonewall Cymru is the all-Wales Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual (LGB) Charity. Its aim is to achieve equality for LGB people at home, at school and at work. The website has resources for schools.
NHS DIRECT WALES
NHS health advice and information service, providing advice and details of medical services in Wales including where to go for emergency contraception.
Telephone: 0845 46 47
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website offers information for children and young people, parents and adults to help stay safe online.