Mrs C Parks – Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs H Scott - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Nall – Student Service Manager, Mrs T Kendrick - Student Service Manager
Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)
As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.
• Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
• Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
• Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
• Remain positive and hopeful!
• Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
• Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine
BBFC and PEGI Age Ratings
This guide take a look at the two official ways by which you can assess if a particular film or game is suitable for your child. It is also worth noting that both the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and PEGI (Pan European Game Information) have search facilities on their websites that can be used to look up individual titles so that you can check their ratings.
Depression isn't exclusive to adults - it can affect anyone. The persistent and long-lasting unhappiness characterising depression can have an enormous impact on how a young person thinks, behaves and feels.
This document from Priory’s Group Associate Medical Director and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg explains the common causes of depression, the signs that your teenager may be suffering and what can you do to help them.
For more information and support, please visit the Priory Group's Young People's Services page here.
The following link contains useful advice and support for helping to keep your child safe online:
Child exploitation - live streaming
We would like to draw your attention to a BBC news article regarding child exploitation via live Internet streaming.
It’s important to have regular conversations with your child about the online world, including issues like cyberbullying. This will help you to understand if they have ever experienced or witnessed online bullying for themselves, and give you an opportunity to support them and reassure them that you are always there to help.
The school is always here to support you with any worries or issues you may have.
Below is a list of contacts and links to websites and advice forums which you may also find useful:
Child Line – 0800 1111
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0808 800 5000
Drink Line – 0800 917 8282
Frank – National Drugs Helpline – 0300 123 6600
NHS Smoking Helpline – 0800 169 0169
Victim Supportline – 0845 3030900
Samaritans – 08457 909090
NHS Direct – Physical and Mental Health - 0845 4647
Young Minds - Parent Helpline for worries about your child's Mental Health and wellbeing
0808 802 5544 (9.30-4pm on weekdays)
Mind - Advice for Mental Health including Self-Harming
0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am-6pm on weekdays)