School Health PLUS

How do we ensure that children gain the best opportunities for well-being and to develop their full potential? How do we most effectively react when children’s wellbeing is marginalised and how can we help vulnerable children earlier and better than we do at the time being? Those questions lie behind the superior goals for SkolesundhedPLUS which like is a municipal cooperation funded by Trygfonden.   

The participating municipalities seek to develop an interdisciplinary tool for dialogue with the platform SkolesundhedPLUS in order to deal with lack of wellbeing and to support mental health. The goal is to provide children in need with systemic and coordinated support. A common goal for mental health and wellbeing qualify the dialogue between the children/adolescents, their parents, pedagogues/teachers and other groups involved.

Those involved in the field will gain opportunity to apply thoroughly tested tools and methods on an electronic platform to monitor evaluation of treatment. School psychologists in PPR (Pedagogical, Psychological Counselling), social workers and psychiatrists contribute in different ways and hence need different tools but entertain a common interest in estimating the mental health level of the child before, during and after the treatment. 

Health experts usually communicate information about health related topics such as obesity, infections and asthma using distinct measures such as BMI, temperature and peak flow respectively. As yet simple, standardised and validated measurement tools has not been implemented within the field of mental health amongst children and adolescents for interdisciplinary dialogue why it has been challenging to work systematically with the field of study in the municipalities. 

Forthcoming tools at SkolesundhedPLUS

  • SDQ 

The SDQ (Stregnths and Difficulties Questionnaire) is probably the most applied and well-documented questionnaire worldwide. It has achieved broad applicability in Danish research investigations and within the field of child psychiatry. It provides opportunities for dialogue and actions in relation to the challenges of the individual child. It is furthermore more concise and accepted in large population surveys than other tools. SDQ is thus estimated as the best tool for interdisciplinary communication and continuous evaluation. 

At the platform the SDQ is currently used before the child’s meeting with the school nurse. The school nurse can apply the results from the SDQ at individual and group level whereby a well-being profile of the class can be produced and individual children with lower wellbeing can be assessed.