Professionals - Support and Advice

In order to provide health support and advice for children in Cumbria, we offer an easy to access online E-School Nurse Service.

The video clinics are available for professional, parents and carers across the whole of Cumbria all day Tuesday and Thursdays.

Instead of being face to face, you will talk to the nurse over a live video link that is private and secure.

The nurse, in consultation with you will assess the child's health problems and provide you with support and advice.

For more information on the E-School Nurse video clinic please read the E-School Nurse Service user (PDF 302KB).

Please download our E-School Nurse poster (PDF 335KB) and display in your staff areas.

To book an appointment telephone: 01228 603973. 

These pages are here to offer first line information and guidance to schools for children with medical conditions; they include useful links for short and long term conditions along with pathways and example health care plans.

North team works across the Carlisle and Eden areas 

Claire O'Neill - Public Health Nurse 

Sam Fell - Public Health Nurse Practitioner 

Michelle Young - Public Health Nurse Practitioner

South team works across South Lakes and Furness areas 

Yvonne Rowlinson - Clinical Lead

Donna Moore - Public Health Nurse Practitioner

West team works across Allerdale and Copeland areas 

Charlotte Thompson - Clinical Lead

Louise Pearson - Public Health Nurse Practitioner

The Public Health Review is designed to help us think through and record your schools achievements in relation to your current provision for positive health and wellbeing as well as identifying and planning further areas of development.

The review comprises of a series of questions which allow us to consider a 'whole school and community' approach to Health and Wellbeing whilst still being tailored to suit your own school's needs.

PH 5-19 School Health and Wellbeing Review (PDF 295KB)   

PH 5-19 School Health and Wellbeing Annual Review (PDF 460KB)  

Our Team have developed a number of training packages, which can be adjusted to meet individual school's needs.

Our current packages comprise of Staff training covering staff needs on a range of things from updates on health conditions, mental health awareness, and health education.  

We have also provided sessions for parents on digital wellbeing, healthy eating, mental health and toileting. These sessions can be organised for parent evenings/ assemblies,  transition or specific after school.

We have provided sessions for students including topic assemblies to support the schools PSHE curriculum, which can be shared with school staff if they wish to deliver themselves

We have designed our pathways to promote a whole school approach to support and improving health and wellbeing across the county. They are not designed to be a diagnostic tool but aim to support school staff to access appropriate services for children and young people in a timely way to support their health and mental wellbeing.

The pathways are split into 3 sections based on a traffic light system.

The first section is the universal whole school approach to prevention (in green) and encompasses all the activities you can do in school to achieve good practice.

The early intervention stage (in yellow) is where you will start to see behaviours in pupils that are causing concern. From this there are suggestions of advice you can consider that will support the pupil at this stage.

The targeted support (in red) assists when the behaviours are escalating and guidance and links to external support is clearly indicated.

Digital Wellbeing

PH 5-19 Digital Wellbeing Pathway (PDF 562KB)

Health Conditions

PH 5-19 Service Asthma Pathway (PDF 421KB)

PH 5-19 Service Health Conditions Pathway(PDF 384KB)

PH 5-19 Service Incontinence Pathway (PDF 406KB)

Healthy Weight

PH 5-19 Service Healthy Weight Pathway (PDF 408KB)

PH 5-19 Service Eating Issues Pathway (PDF 613KB)

Mental Health and Wellbeing

PH 5-19 Service Mental Health Pathway (PDF 577KB)

Risk Taking Behaviour

PH 5-19 Service Risk Taking Behaviour Pathway (PDF 1,432KB)

PH 5-19 Service Substance Misuse Pathway (PDF 649KB)

PH 5-19 Service Child Sexual Exploitation Pathway (PDF 552KB)

PH 5-19 Service Sexual Health Pathway (PDF 993KB)

Family Action 

Family Action is a 0-19 child and family support service supporting children and families in Allerdale, Barrow, Carlisle and Copeland

Action for Children

Action for Children protects and supports children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives.


Barnardo's provide My Time, this is part of the CAMHS service provision for children and young people needing emotional health and wellbeing support. MyTime work with mild to moderate emotional health presentations such as anger, anxiety, low mood, self-harm and depression.

Mental Health Champions

Mental Health Champions are available in the south of the county your local Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) offers advice and consultation about children and young people's mental health and wellbeing and services in the area who can offer support.

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11-18 across Cumbria.It is safe, confidential, anonymous and available through a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Kooth helps to reduce wait times for young people seeking help and removes stigma around mental health.  It has accredited counsellors and therapists online 365 days a year up to 10pm. It can also provide self-help materials co-produced by other young people and fully-moderated peer-to-peer support forums.

Kooth can provide some staff training, assemblies and classwork for more details contact:

Dez Wilson: Integration and Participation Worker, email:

Ophelia Murphy: Integration and Participation Worker, email:

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course

This is a two day course for everyone who works with young people aged 8-18. It will teach you the basic skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person's recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse. It will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. The course is currently free along with the manual you will receive during the training. There may be a charge introduced for future courses, so book a place now.

Suicide and self-harm training

Suicide and self-harm training is available through Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board.

 Carlisle and Eden Mind offer free training for:

  • Mental health and wellbeing awareness sessions for children and young people at schools and other youth settings 60-90 minute 
  • Suicide Awareness Sessions for any organisation across Cumbria -Half day 
  • Suicide Alertness Training for any organisation across Cumbria
  • Time to Change based Anti-stigma and basic awareness raising sessions for community organisations

Telephone: Chris Graham on 01228 543354


Early Help Training

How to Support Children and Families with Early Help Training

The LSCB is running a series of day long workshops in districts to help strengthen the response to families by effective multi-agency working at an Early Help stage of intervention.

The aim of the workshop is to improve the quality of multi-agency working and to result in Early Help Assessment Coordinators feeling more confident in their role.

Key aims of the day are:

  • To understand the Early Help process
  • To effectively work together as a Multi-Agency Team
  • To be able to confidently co-ordinate a Team Around the Family (TAF)
  • To be able to know and access assessment tools to measure risk and impact
  • To be able to evidence the impact of Early Help for the child

Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board

Cumbria LSCB offer a variety of training and learning events information can be found on their website

Directory of resources

directory of resources is available at Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Practitioner Forums

Practitioner forums help people who work with children and young people learn from each other, understand each other's roles and responsibilities and what local provision is available in each part of the county.

There are seven Practitioner Forums up and running, one in each district area. They're free to attend.