Supporting Positive Mental Health in Schools

The Schools Programme is a service for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. We provide therapeutic interventions and wellbeing activities to children in London schools. We offer 1-1 therapy, occupational and speech & language therapy, short term interventions and lunch clubs.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1163932)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom


There are many children and young people (CYP) struggling with a wide range of needs, including being in crisis due to parental conflict, family bereavement, a serious physical or mental health issue within the family, being bullied or bullying, and the complex blend of problems that occur due to long-term poverty, housing or other social issues. Within the context of covid-19, and the increasing pressure on children, parents, schools and teachers our service is needed now more than ever


We support schools and CAMHS by providing a mental health service that helps 1,500 vulnerable children per year. UP therapies give CYP a regular time, space, and consistent adult who use children’s natural language of play and creativity to provide nurturing, and healing experiences. The therapeutic relationship allows CYP who may feel out of control to make choices for themselves, to increase their awareness of the consequences of their actions and develop emotional intelligence and resilience.

  • J is much better since having therapy. He listens to me now. Before, whenever I would pick him up from school the teachers would tell me how naughty he is. Now that is not happening anymore. It makes me feel less alone and more confident to talk to you. I am so happy to have the support - thank you

    — Parent

  • Without the support of Unlocking Potential, we would struggle to meet the needs of some of our more vulnerable pupils. In light of more recent global events and the increased focus on mental health across the curriculum, the need for the service of Unlocking Potential is even more vital.

    — Headteacher Hackney

  • You help me. You help me to be good. Will you help my brother as well?

    — Child

  • Following therapy, he went from being very reluctant to speak/selective mutism to engaging spontaneously in conversation. Started putting his hand up in class and asking questions.

    — Teacher