Providing specialist schools for NHS and private CAMHS services
Mental health conditions can have a significant impact on the life chances of our young people. Receiving specialist inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) treatment can be a positive turning point towards management and recovery for many, but the time spent out of school or college can have a detrimental effect on learning and progress.
Aspris Children’s Services has an outstanding track record in supporting young people to successfully continue their learning and development during their time in inpatient care for mental ill health. We currently deliver this service nationally across Priory’s CAMHS hospital services and one NHS service where there is a well-established and successful partnership with NHS England Trusts to deliver education provision.
The benefits of Aspris CAMHS School services include:
- Positive engagement with learning that underpins the recovery journey and helps to minimise length of stay
- Aligned clinical and therapeutic timetables, designed to maximise participation and increase positive engagement
- Specialist skill and experience in working closely with clinical teams
- Bespoke and highly individualised learning for each young person, based on their stage of recovery and mental health journey
- Experienced and specialist staff who are highly skilled in supporting young people with significant challenges and vulnerabilities
How we support our CAMHS services
High-quality on-site school provision in a mental health setting is an essential part of a young person’s treatment programme. It promotes continuity, enhances emotional wellbeing, and underpins the smoothest re-integration possible to mainstream education.
Guidance in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice requires that children and young people in hospital should have access to education that is on a par with mainstream provision. This includes children and young people admitted to hospital under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act.
Our Aspris CAMHS Schools provide support in implementing these requirements, and ensuring the delivery of both exceptional educational outcomes and extremely high standards of Ofsted compliance.
Key features – What does an Aspris CAMHS Education Service provide?
Aspris provides specialist school services within each CAMHS unit where young people attend for the duration of their inpatient stay, while remaining registered at their home school or college. All young people are admitted to our school roll, including those who may be NEET on admission or become NEET during their stay. The average length of stay for young people varies widely, but the majority of inpatient stays are for between 42 and 90 days.
Key features of an Aspris CAMHS Education Service
- We work with each young person’s home school to ensure that learning opportunities and development are not compromised by their inpatient stays
- We provide age and stage appropriate learning opportunities through our own specialist curriculum, and taking account of each young person’s point of recovery
- We offer exclusive teaching and learning areas, with dedicated staffing and specialist resources
- We actively manage a structured transition back to mainstream or specialist schools and colleges, and the community
- Substantial investment in IT and carefully managed Wi-Fi access allows young people to be supported in learning across the CAMHS units, not just within our classroom settings
- We offer a broad curriculum, including English, Maths, Science, PSHE and a wide range of other subjects
- A bespoke individual learning plan for each young person that takes account of their past experiences, their aspirations, and their mental health and general health needs
As one of the UK’s leading specialist education providers, we have proven experience in delivering high-quality education services to young people facing additional challenges. Our expertise lie in ensuring that young people can reach their potential and continue to achieve throughout their inpatient stay.