Senior Mental Health Lead Training

We are DfE Quality Assured and Approved

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a grant for a senior member of school or college staff to access quality assured training to implement an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in your setting. This grant can only be used to pay for DfE quality assured training.


The Safeguarding Alliance are pleased to confirm that our Senior Mental Health Lead training and support course has been quality assured and approved by the Department for Education (DfE). This means you will now be able to use your DfE Senior Mental Health Lead funding to access our training and support. 


Mental health and wellbeing sit under the safeguarding umbrella and should not be seen in isolation. Our wider approach to training the Senior Mental Health Lead supports the working together to safeguard children agenda. 

We are offering a full mental health training and support package to ensure the whole school or college community, establish, implement, and sustain an effective approach to positive mental health and wellbeing working collaboratively with the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Our unique focus enables a wider team around the child to support a long term and achievable outcome.  

Our training, extensive resources and support have been designed to ensure Senior Mental Health Leads build their knowledge and confidence in embedding a whole school or college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing, at the same time ensuring safeguarding remains a key component within the wider strategic agenda.  



Who is the course for?

Senior mental health lead training is relevant to all education settings. Our training is designed for those who hold strategic responsibility in promoting a whole school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing. Our training is for:

  • Existing Mental Health and Wellbeing Leads;
  • Headteachers;
  • Deputy headteachers;
  • Members of the senior leadership team (SLT).
The Department for Education grant is for the allocation of one participant per school.

What will I learn?

Our training programme consists of 6 key modules that incorporates all 8 learning outcomes required for Senior Mental Health Leads in schools and colleges.

We are offering a multi-tiered approach to our training and support programme that is broken down into three phases.

Phase One

Before our training we will send you a mental health and wellbeing assessment tool to undertake a full analysis of you school or college community. This will support you to identify current trends, understanding, review data and consider how you are currently listening to the student voice.

Through this full evaluation you will be able to set clear goals and objectives when creating a strategic vision for mental health and wellbeing within your school or college setting.

Phase Two

Over a two day period (one day per week) our course incorporates the '8 learning outcomes' using a six module approach, that examines:

  • Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing;

  • Overcoming Barriers;

  • Roles and Responsibilities;

  • Embedding Positive Change;

  • The Whole Child;

  • Intervention and Referrals.

Phase Three

Please see the 'what additional support will I get' section for further information about our ongoing support package.

How much does the course and support cost?

Our training and full support package is £800* *From September 2021 The Department for Education is offering grants of up to £1,200 to eligible state schools and colleges in England for Senior Mental Health Leads training. Please read the section 'how can my school sign up to the Department for Education funding' for further information and to be notified by the DfE when it goes live. You will need to provide evidence of a booking in order to be reimbursed by the DfE. When you complete your booking, we will provide you with a unique reference number.

How can my school sign up to the Deprtment for Education funding grant?

To apply for the DfE funding grant you should follow the below steps:

  1. Check you are eligible via the DfE.
  2. Book your place here.
  3. Complete the DfE grant funding notification form.
  4. Apply within 2 weeks, when notified, to receive your funding.
Further details on how to apply for the grant can be found here. If you require any further assistance, please email a member of our Senior Mental Health Lead support team at

How is the course delivered?

Our training is delivered online, face-to-face, in real time via zoom.

What additional support will I get?

The Safeguarding Alliance is proud to offer an existing comprehensive safeguarding membership. To support joined up working, we have created a unique Senior Mental Health Lead support package, that runs parallel to our membership offer to promote and embed a sustained improvement beyond the initial training course itself.

Through our additional support package you will have access to a range of services and resources, including, but not limited to:

  • Support forum;

  • Senior Mental Health Lead supervision;

  • Mental Health and wellbeing Tool;

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy and Job Description;

  • Early access to our research papers;

  • Staff templates and resources;

  • Student wellbeing ambassador training for up to 7 pupils;

  • Student templates and resources;

  • Parent templates and resources;

  • A dedicated Senior Mental Health Lead bulletin;

  • Policies;

  • Ongoing webinars;

  • Access to our school safeguarding membership and resources.

Our resources directly align to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges.

How long will the additional support last?

Our support package is offered for 12 months post course completion to ensure you feel fully supported in your role and confident when embedding a strategy of change.

During this time, you may access our support services as little or as often as you require.

International, Independent and schools or college in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotlad - can we still join?

Yes. You will be able to attend our training course and access our full support package, but you will not be eligible to receive funding from the DfE and will have to fund the course through you existing budget.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes. You will receive a certificate at the end of the training course. Additionally, you will receive a Senior Mental Health Lead lanyard badge.

How do I book?

You can book by here, or by clicking on any of the 'Book here' buttons to pay online.

Additionally, you can email us at to secure your place or request an invoice to be sent to your school or college.


To secure your place on our course and to access DfE funding please follow the following steps:


Check your school of college is eligible to apply for the grant.


Book your place onto our course.


Complete the DfE grant application service.


Apply within two weeks, when notified, to receive funding.