Resources and Events

HeadStart DIGITAL BADGES have been designed by children, young people and professionals, including teachers, to look at key issues for children and young people. These have been produced by Makewaves, a social, safe learning environment that provides social media for education. It enables schools to create and safely share videos, podcasts and stories. With a free Makewaves website you can easily start school blogging, join national campaigns and develop digital literacy skills. Over 65,000 students and 10,000 Teachers use Makewaves.

There are 3 HeadStart badges:

·         Digital Mind - Exploring mental wellbeing in a digital world

·         Who's Shoes? - Exploring relationships and identifying the differences between good and bad friend.

·         Moving On - Identifying ad exploring changes in life i.e. transition

All badges are FREE and are suitable for KS2 and 3. Badges for older young people are available on the makewaves site and can count towards CV's etc. 

The badges allow children and young people to:

Engage: Badge tasks designed by young people and have been tested in the HeadStart schools.

Inform: Built-in emotional well being resources - these can be used as part of a PSHE lesson and as homework.  They are interactive and fun!

Incentivise: Challenge based learning

Work Together: Classroom or group activities - a badge can be achieved by a whole class in one go. 

Flexible: Evidence through photo, video etc...For example - in small groups students act out a situation of being a good or bad friend.  This can be filmed by the class teacher and then uploaded to the makewaves site and used as the evidence that the students have completed the task!

Signpost: Additional badges and resources available - There are also other badges relating to health which have been developed by Public Health England.

If your school or organisation wants to use the Headstart badges (or any other badges on Makewaves) what do you need to do?

1. Register at:

2. Create your site.

Our Community Manager (Joe) will be in touch to organise a FREE training session. FOR MORE INFORMATION FOLLOW THE ABOVE LINK

In November 2016 three Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Learning Events were held across the County to share good practice from HeadStart and to update schools and the wider children and young people’s workforce on new developments, services and opportunities regarding children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. 

Focuses for the days included:

  • Sharing the learning from Cumbria HeadStart and updating on what is available including Digital Badges, resources and support.

  • Updating on the My Time Cumbria Service (part of the CAMHS Service) which is now available.

  • Updating on Early Help and other service developments.

  • Sharing and consulting on the new Children and young people’s whole system emotional and mental wellbeing support guide/pathway for professionals.

The events were incredibly well attended with over 300 people attending across the County. 

The presentationthis external link will open in a new window is available for further information and is relevant for everyone, including those unable to attend the days, with information regarding referrals, support available and more.


Suicide and Self HarmSkip main menuthis external link will open in a new window

Guidance for Professionals working with children who self-harmthis external link will open in a new window

This guidance aims to help you identify what to do, who to contact and where to get help when you have concerns about self-harm in children and young people.  Self-harm can occur in childhood but it becomes increasingly common from early adolescence; for this reason, this guidance uses the term 'young people' as shorthand.

Any child or young person who self-harms or expresses thoughts about this or about suicide must be taken seriously and appropriate help and intervention should be offered at the earliest point. Any practitioner, who is made aware that a child or young person has self-harmed, or is contemplating this or suicide, should talk with the child or young person without delay.

Self Harm and Suicide Alertness Training  - Free!

Do you have direct contact with young people and would like to feel more confident raising, talking and knowing where to help them seek support?

Workshops involve looking together at self-harm & suicide through group discussion, trainer presentation, case studies and sharing experiences.

Workshop content includes:

Looking at local and national context and support

Helping young people and staff to identify, discuss and seek help

Understanding and using the Cumbria Self-harm & Suicide Guidance & Pathway.

Self Harm and Suicide Alertness Training