LOCKDOWN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
Grief Encounter – supporting bereaved children and young people: https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/
Child Bereavement uk: https://www.childbereavementuk.org/
Online Support/ Apps: SHOUT: crisis textline. Text Shout to 85258
Shout 85258 is the UK’s first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and need mental health support. https://www.giveusashout.org/
Kooth App: Kooth is your online mental wellbeing community. Access free, safe and anonymous support.https://www.kooth.com/
Think Ninja APP: About ThinkNinja. Empowering children and young people to build resilience, manage their emotional health and to fulfil their potential.
What is See, Hear, Respond?
See, Hear, Respond is a coalition of charities, led by Barnardo’s, providing services to children across England offering support for children and families who have been the most impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
https://www.ncdv.org.uk/ National Centre for Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Support for women and children:
Ascent Counselling service: 020 7619 1360 call 10 am – 1 pm Mon – Fri
https://mensadviceline.org.uk/ Support for men who are victims of Domestic Violence
Charities who specialise in supporting CYP and their families with disabilities or additional needs. This applies to families who have a child/YP with a disability or additional need, not for families whose adults have a disability.
Charity name: Contact
They have telephone and chat support amongst other types of support for families.
Charity name: Sibs
They specialise in supporting the siblings of CYP with disabilities and additional needs.
Information for parents/carers for supporting children and young people’s mental health – click here
At Highfield we care about the health and wellbeing of our children and families. As a school ensuring that children are safe and happy is our priority. We have rigorous anti bullying policies and systems in place to ensure that if a child has any worries or concerns they will be listened to.
We are also aware of just how important good physical and mental health are to the entire school community. In this section we provide information on how we support children and families including; mental and physical health, dietary information, personal safety and online awareness.
Wellbeing has been at the heart of everything we do at Highfield during these unprecedented times. The global pandemic has had a significant impact in children’s social, emotional and mental health in a way that it has not before. We are ensuring the needs of all of our children are a priority. We hope to update this page regularly with new information as it becomes available.
As part of the recovery curriculum, every year group has been introduced to SMILE (Socialise, Movement, Interest, Learn, Engage). SMILE is an ethos based approach to support the emotional health and wellbeing of our whole school community. It is based on the 5 ways to wellbeing by the NHS; connect, give to others, physical activity, learn new skills and mindfulness.
Each day, every year group will have daily mindfulness in class and calm time after lunch to reduce anxiety, build resilience and support reintegration to the school environment. All children will participate in daily movement breaks in order for them to physically move around and engage with their peers.
Using wellbeing vocabulary is essential in supporting children to improve their wellbeing. Circle time sessions to discuss these feelings, as well as other topics, will be increased to allow children to speak and be heard amongst their peers and key adults. All classrooms include a safe space area for children to go to if they feel overwhelmed. This is a quiet spot where they can calm themselves in times of stress to help them develop self-regulation. Each class has their own worry box where children can post their worries and discuss these and solutions to them regularly. At Highfield, we recognise that every child is unique and so we use a range of resources to cater for and support individual needs.
The Class teacher’s have completed a Wellbeing baseline, we are using this information to ensure the children are accessing not just support in class, but we are supported with more specialist help from our Place2be and Trail Blazers mental welling being teams. A small number of children and families will also be signposted to CAMHS for long term support.
You might find yourself feeling worried about the spread of Coronavirus and its impact on you and your loved ones. These feelings are normal and it’s important we acknowledge them and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health.
Currently, everybody in the UK is being asked to stay at home. Some examples of things you can do to help you keep positive in such unprecedented times might include:
- Stay in touch – Keep in contact with your family and friends, you can still connect from a distance – Call your friends or send a card/letter to a loved one.
- Continue the things you enjoy – Try reading that book you’ve been meaning to start, watch that new series or try a new skill – Some of your Teachers have been busy learning all sorts of new skills they will no doubt be keen to show off when we return to school!
- Get into a daily routine – You might find it helpful to plan when you are going to complete your learning and plan in a treat for afterward, so you have something to look forward to.
It is also important to recognise when things are feeling overwhelming and talking to those around you to help lighten the load. However, if you feel you’d like to speak to someone more confidentially, https://www.giveusashout.org/ offers a fantastic 24/7 service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. They take people from crisis to calm every single day.
Another website you may find useful is: https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/
As mentioned above, please check this page regularly as it will be updated as and when appropriate.
If your child missed the flu vaccination at school, there are catch-up clinics available for school aged children at the following address:
Cedar House, St Michaels Hospital Site EN2 0JB (for sat nav use EN2 0JA)
Please call to book a time for your child to receive his/her vaccination.
Should you require additional information please contact our service by telephone or email:
Email:email@example.com Tel: 020 8702 3499
Children’s Immunisation Team