In this episode our guest is Lorraine Petersen OBE, who has over 25 years experience as a teacher, and headteacher. She was previously the CEO of the National Association of Special Needs -NASEN. Lorraine received her OBE for her services to education. Lorraine will be talking about supporting Anxiety and Trauma.

There are a growing number of children and young people who are exhibiting signs of anxiety from a very young age. For some children this may have resulted from traumatic episodes that they have experienced in their lives.

One in eight (12.8%) children and young people aged between five and 19 has a diagnosable mental health condition. The prevalence of 5-15 year olds experiencing emotional disorders (including anxiety and depression) has increased by 48% – from 3.9% in 2004 to 5.8% in 2017 – Young Minds

Every classroom will have pupils with a range of anxiety from mild to severe. Currently half of all children in care meet the criteria for a possible mental health disorder, compared to one in eight children outside the care system.

Useful Links

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education – DfE Statutory guidance –

The PSHE Association Website –

The ACE Study –

The Well-Being Toolkit for Mental Health Leads – Hinton House Publishers –

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