Operational Guidance

National child measurement programme operational guidance


The World Health Organization (WHO) considers that childhood mental illness is reaching alarming proportions in many countries and poses an urgent and serious challenge. Children with mental health issues are more likely to be ill, be absent from school due to illness, experience health-related limitations and require more medical care than normal children.


Around half of all mental health problems start before the age of 14 and we know that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are currently facing an increase in demand. The practice of mindfulness to improve Prevention is therefore key and makes sense from the point of view of children and their families. In England, the health problems associated with child mental illness obese cost the NHS more than £5billion every year.

Rise Above


Helping you teach Mindfulness as part of the PSHE curriculum topics to KS3 and KS4 pupils, with flexible lesson plans co-created with teachers and video content developed with 11-16 year olds.

  • Bullying and cyberbullying

  • Smoking

  • Online stress and FOMO

  • Alcohol

  • Exam stress

  • Body image in a digital world

  • Forming positive relationships

Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people

CORC in partnership with the Anna Freud Learning Network​


This free eLearning aims to increase the awareness, understanding and confidence of non-specialist and school staff who support the wellbeing and mental health of children or young people to access the benefits associated with measuring mental wellbeing. It aims to demystify and simplify the whole process of using outcomes and feedback measures to monitor mental wellbeing and is laid out in six easy to follow parts:

  1. Understanding mental wellbeing

  2. Introduction to outcome measures

  3. The benefits of measuring mental wellbeing

  4. Selecting and using measures

  5. Best practice using measures

  6. Using and interpreting data

This interactive course features engaging activities and quizzes to illustrate how staff can choose and use measures to monitor wellbeing and how to analyse wellbeing information to drive improvement and demonstrate effectiveness.