Student Support and Safeguarding
Coronavirus – mental health support and resources
If you are struggling with news about the coronavirus and it’s affecting your mental health, we have put together a list of resources that you may find useful. You will also find more general information on some of the main issues affecting adolescents in secondary school.
If you have any questions about any of the information or would like to talk to a member of staff about any worry or concern, please contact Mrs Edwards, Ms Larkins, Mrs Murphy or Ms Poulter firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Talking about coronavirus
Concern over COVID-19 can make children and families anxious and so we have put together some resources to help families talk about this new disease. We have included resources for younger children as well as adolescents and young adults, since they may still be helpful for you.
Here is some advice from a teacher in China sent to This Morning at the end of March:
“We are just finishing our seventh week of e-learning, seven weeks of being mainly housebound, seven weeks of uncertainty. We’re healthy, we’re happy, we are humbled. As we watch the rest of the world begin their time inside, here are some of my reflections on the last seven weeks. Accept that you have no control over the situation. Let go of any thoughts of trying to plan too much for the next month of two – things change so fast. Don’t be angry and annoyed at the system. Anxiety goes down. You make the best of the situation, whatever that might be for you. Accept that this is what it is, and things will get easier. Try not to listen to, read or watch too much media – it will drive you crazy, there is a thing as too much. The sense of community I have felt during this time is incredible. I could choose who I wanted to spend my energy on, who I wanted to call, message and connect with, and found the quality of my relationships has improved. Appreciate this enforced downtime. When do you ever have time like this? Learn to appreciate the little things – sunshine through the window, flowers blossoming. To those beginning this journey, you will get through it. Listen to what you are told, follow the rules, look out for each other. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Information on COVID-19 (KS2 and KS3):
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089 (filmed before social distancing was put in place)
Information on COVID-19 (KS4 and KS5)
Advice for parents on how to talk to children
Advice for younger children about handwashing:
Other websites with that you may find useful:
A video for parents from the Anna Freud centre
A video for children and young people from the Anna Freud centre
If you need extra guidance and support there are organisations who can help:
Children and young people in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire can now get free online emotional and mental health support using a website called kooth.com. If you are aged between 10 and 25 and registered with a Cambridgeshire or Hertfordshire GP surgery, you can sign up, choose an avatar (an online character) to represent you anonymously and have an online chat with a counsellor or therapist.
Advice and support for parents
Advice from the NHS
Support services for young people
SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. The Helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse. SupportLine is a member of the Helplines Association. SupportLine also provides support by email and post.
Private online counselling
We provide caring and responsive pastoral support which puts the needs of our pupils at its centre. We work in partnership with parents to help all pupils develop positive relationships and learn to cope with the issues that they face. Students build strong relationships with their tutor and College Achievement Leader. All students are part of a small vertical tutor group which belongs to one of four colleges. The College is very proud of its small and friendly community. Our aim is to encourage students to become confident, responsible and independent members of society.
Bassingbourn Village College recognises the important role young carers play within their families’ lives and the additional responsibilities this places upon them. We are committed to meeting the needs of young carers and young adult carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential.
Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide or intend to provide care for another person who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or addiction problem. A young carer becomes vulnerable when their caring role risks impacting upon their emotional or physical wellbeing and their prospects in their education and life.
The school has designated Young Carers’ School Leads with responsibility for young carers and their families:
Young Carers’ Champion: Vicki Piggott
Senior Leadership Team Lead for young carers: Vickey Poulter
The school will only share information about young carers with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.
The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.
The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with the school nurse team and Centre 33, the local young carers’ service where Sophie Hughes assists in the running of the young carers group which on the last Monday of every month. The group provides young carers with mentoring support, a time to relax and unwind and a range of fun-packed activities which they are thoroughly engaging with.
During the current school closure (from 23rd March 2020), if you have an urgent safeguarding issue, please call 07729588908
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.
We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The school should make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child. They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.
In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Designated Person) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”. This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.
* The word ‘school’ is used throughout but this would include all educational settings e.g. Academies, Pupil Referral Units, Further Education establishments and Independent schools.
If you have a concern you can also make a referral to Child’s Social Care.
If you are:
- concerned that a child may be suffering physical, sexual or emotional abuse or is being neglected,
- a child or young person and you are being abused or neglected,
- a parent or carer and you feel you are harming your child or are close to doing so
telephone 0345 045 5203 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. If it is outside office hours or at the weekend, call the First Response and Emergency Duty Team on 01733 234 724.
If you think you or the child is in immediate danger and needs urgent help, please call the police on 999.
Senior Leadership Team Lead: Ms V Poulter – Designated Safeguarding Lead
SEN Co-Ordinator, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead: Ms S Murphy
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs H Edwards, Assistant Principal, Ms V Larkins, Deputy Principal
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Young Carers’ Champion: Mrs V Piggott
Our Safeguarding Policy including prevention of radicalisation can be found on the Policies page of website.
Wellbeing and Support contacts
ChatHealth – CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW ChatHealth Cambs – School Promo Pack
ChatHealth is a secure NHS approved text messaging service that is run by the school nursing team in the Cambridgeshire Healthy Child Programme. From 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday ChatHealth has experienced clinicians online waiting to answer and deal with any messages from young people. If you’re 13-19 years old, text 07480635443 if you need advice or help with emotional health, relationships, bullying, alcohol, self harm, healthy eating, drugs, smoking.
Any messages outside this time frame receive and automated response letting young people know when they will receive a reply or who to contact to get immediate help
Three Apps Parents Should Know About Parents may be interested in reading this information regarding social media apps that has been sent to us by the Local Authority’s Safeguarding Team. The 3 apps are Yubo, Monkey and Musical.ly.
School nursing team: Tel: 0300 029 5050, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Email Website: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk
Carers Trust Young Carers Policy and Development Officer: Tania Bingham
4 Meadow Park, Meadow Lane, St Ives PE27 4LG
Tel: 0345 241 0954 or 01480 499090. Mobile: 07720 343401
Twitter: @CarersTrust @YoungerCarers
Cambridgeshire County Council Young Carers’ Assessor: Maya Kalinowska
Young Carers’ Assessment Team, Amundsen House, Compass Point Business Park
18 Stocks Bridge Way, St Ives, PE27 5JL
Tel: 01480 372798 or 01480 727964
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