A better Medway

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

While schools are closed we are pleased to offer support over the phone and by email. We are currently working with Medway’s schools to create alternative provision for those children and young people still at school, as well as for those learning at home.

To contact the team email: childhealth@medway.gov.uk

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School programmes

All schools in Medway can access our programmes free of charge. These programmes cover a range of topics, including:

  • Children and young people's mental health and emotional well being
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education
  • Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
  • Additional support available for Medway schools

Lesson plans

Medway Public Health Directorate has worked in close partnership with the PSHE Association to produce a quality assured suite of PSHE/RSE lesson plans and resources. Available at no cost to all Medway schools.

Extremism and Radicalisation 

A series of four lesson plans for key stage 4 with a specific focus on addressing extremism and radicalisation of all kinds were produced in partnership with the PSHE Association.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 

Our Youth MHFA course is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years.

You will learn how to:

  • provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person's mental and emotional wellbeing
  • support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress

MHFA won't teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you're a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Smoke Free School Gates

Smoke Free School Gates provides schools with educational resources and the opportunity to have personalised no smoking signs for their school gates; encouraging parents and carers not to smoke in or around the school.

Youth Health Champions 

The RSPH Youth Health Champions programme is an exciting and flexible approach to health education. The course aims to give young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to act as peer mentors, increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and encouraging involvement in activities to promote good health.

This is a totally new approach to health education with the benefit of an Ofqual accredited qualification designed to support the Youth Health Champion programme.

Teacher Training 

This two hour course is for senior leaders, PSHE Coordinators, teachers, HLTAs and support staff delivering or leading health and wellbeing education within the curriculum, in all education settings. It aims is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan and deliver high quality health and wellbeing education, that fully meets the needs of their pupils.

Parent Workshops

Medway’s Child Health team are delighted to be able offer a new service to Medway schools. We are able to deliver brief workshops for the parents and carers of your pupils.

We can offer workshops on:

  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
  • RSE and sexual health
  • Puberty and how to support your child through the changes
  • Transition to secondary school
  • CSE and Internet safety

Stay in touch

Monthly public health and PSHE newsletters for all Medway schools providing updates on legislation, policy, free resources and current trends.

To be added to the mailing list please email childhealth@medway.gov.uk