Safeguarding - Parent Support

Anxiety - advice and guidance

 

This booklet is a resource to give you some information about:

 

  • What anxiety is
  • How to spot the signs
  • Tips for parents
  • Tips for young people
  • Where you can find more help

 

You may find this useful in the build up to exams.  You can download this by clicking here, or by clicking the image opposite.

School Nurse Service

 

Are you worried/concerned about your child?  The School Nurse Service can work both in and out of school to help provide or find support with a number of issues.  For more information, please download this information sheet.

Self harm: A Guide for Parents and Carers

 

Resource link (external)

 

An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs

 

Resource link (external)

 

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.

 

Tips include:

• 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

 

You can find out more here.

Hub of Hope - Mental Health Support Network

 

This website provides a database of support that enables you to search for nearby services, including a 'talk now' feature.

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.

Teenage Depression

 

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 resource 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.

Parents' Guide to Technology

 

Advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices from the Safer Internet Centre can be found here.

What to do if your child sees something upsetting online

 

Along with the many positive things which young people may see or experience online, they may also encounter things which may worry or upset them.  Visit this link for some advice and guidance.

ParentZone Website

 

The following link contains useful advice and support for helping to keep your child safe online:

 

https://parentzone.org.uk/

Child exploitation - live streaming

 

We would like to draw your attention to a BBC news article regarding child exploitation via live Internet streaming.

 

Please take a read here.

Firework Safety

 

We have been forwarded a link giving advice and guidance regarding firework safety.  We thought it would be good to share with you at this time of year.

 

Please take a read here.

Cyberbullying - advice for parents and carers

 

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.

 

Please read this article from the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Anxiety and Mental Health

 

You may find the two factsheets below useful.  They provide information regarding anxiety and mental health.

 

Click on the thumbnail images to download the documents.

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

http://www.talktofrank.com/worried-about-a-child

 

NHS Smoking Helpline    – 0800 169 0169

 

Victim Supportline   – 0845 3030900

 

Samaritans   – 08457 909090

 

NHS Direct   –  Physical and Mental Health - 0845 4647

 

NHS Choices - Links to support lines for Mental Health

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/mental-health-helplines.aspx

 

NHS Live Well - Advice on various topics, including Sexual Health

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexandyoungpeople/Pages/Sex-and-young-people-hub.aspx

 

Respect Yourself - An app with positive messages to help support young people's mental health

https://respectyourself.org.uk/practical-daily-answers-young-people/download-the-app/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIi6a32t7R1gIVAQvTCh1VwQgREAAYAiAAEgKwFPD_BwE

 

Relate - Counselling and support for Relationships - Young People

https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-children-and-young-people/children-and-young-peoples-counselling?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIi6a32t7R1gIVAQvTCh1VwQgREAAYAyAAEgIVkfD_BwE

 

Young Minds - Parent Helpline for worries about your child's Mental Health and wellbeing

0808 802 5544 (9.30-4pm on weekdays)

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

 

Mind - Advice for Mental Health including Self-Harming

0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am-6pm on weekdays)