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Solihull Approach

Solihull is a whole system approach to improving emotional health and wellbeing for children and young people.

It has been established for 20 years and is evidence based.

There are courses available for parents and carers. The approach normalises parenting support and is non-stigmatising.

There is Solihull training available for all professionals in Norfolk who come into contact with children and families. The approach covers from the antenatal period through to early adulthood – and is in fact relevant to all relationships.

Across Norfolk there is a commitment to provide Solihull training for the whole children and young people’s workforce. This will have the benefit of a shared language and framework of how we help children learn to self regulate and feel safe and secure as they grow.

The approach is based on three theoretical concepts;

  • Containment
  • Reciprocity
  • Behaviour Support

Containment and reciprocity underpin relationships and brain development as well as the quality of the attachment relationships children experience.

Things You Can Do To Help

The Solihull Approach is well reviewed by school staff - many reporting long term positive impacts.

‘Quantitative statistical analysis found that six months after the Solihull Approach Whole School training….showed a statistically significant increase in satisfaction with their helping role, self-esteem, and teacher efficacy scores as well as a decrease in feeling burnt out  /stressed’.

Hassett, A. and Appleton, R. (2016) Understanding your pupil’s behaviour: a pilot study from two primary schools in Kent - Research Report.

A commitment to training your school’s staff is beneficial to both the staff and the pupils.

  • Sign up for a Solihull Course with Cambridge Community Services by emailing karin.bibby@nhs.net
  • Encourage all families in your school to complete the free Online Solihull Course on Just One Norfolk *here*.

Some families may benefit from having a school worker alongside them as they complete the online course.

How Can We Help?

Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays.

Referrals for support are made by contacting Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Please make sure you have the consent of the parent and / or young person before you make a referral to us. You do not need to fill out any paperwork prior to this call.

Referrals are made via the telephone to enable us to have an informative conversation with you at the point of referral so we can ensure we have all the required information for early triage and assessment of the child, young person or family. This will ensure the referral gets managed by the appropriate team in a more timely way or we can signpost you to a more appropriate service.

ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.

Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.

Just One Norfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on Apple or Android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.

Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.

Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through Just One Norfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules. Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting karin.bibby@nhs.net. While COVID-19 restrictions are in place please contact Karin Bibby to register your interest in virtual training as this becomes available.

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