Safeguarding and Wellbeing Advice
HELP AND GUIDANCE FOR LOCKDOWN WORRIES
School and normal family life will change again during this latest lockdown and problems may emerge. The links on this page may help. All families are different and not everyone will need this guidance, but we hope the links on this page may prove helpful to some.
“The Parents’ Guide To” is a website aimed at helping parents and carers to support their teenage children to create successful futures. They produce many “Guides To” and whilst this particular guide was published at the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, much of it is still relevant and may help - “The Parents’ Guide To Coping with School Closures”.
City of York Council has shared with us a “Support for Families” document which is full of information, web links and contact details for families in need of support on a number of topics including: housing, finance, food, SEN, mental health and bereavement amongst others.
Family Lives is an organisation which tries to help families build better lives. They offer online forums and a confidential helpline for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life 0808 800 2222 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any parent or carer who has lost their job due to Covid and cannot pay their bills, buy food or need furniture may be interested in the following link: https://www.york.gov.uk/COVIDFinancialHelp#bills
Anger or Violence
The team at Family Matters York are offering an online course on Handling Anger in the Family. It will look at how as adults we manage our own anger and then how we support our children’s feelings of anger. It will involve the presentation of material, whole group discussions and small group activities which will all take place online at the same time, on the same day over four weeks.
Anyone who is interested is asked to contact Family Matters. They can be contacted on T: 07393 147259 or E: email@example.com
If you are affected by sexual violence, you can get advice from Survive, a York-based charity providing support to victims of sexual abuse and assault. Home - Survive (survive-northyorks.org.uk)
Keeping children and young people safe online
As students are spending more time than ever online, often on their own, it is especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what their children are being asked to do online, including the sites they are being asked to access. At York High School, we have made all of this online learning information fully accessible on Google Classroom.
However, it is very likely that students will be visiting other online sites for fun and out of curiosity, so we want to provide as much signposting to practical and useful information as we can to help you keep your children safe whilst they are online.
ThinkUKnow is a website from the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation (CEOP) and Online Protection unit aimed at helping children, parents and those who work with children get better educated about online child abuse. Try out their parents’ section.
Internet matters – aims to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online. Internet Matters have also produced these excellent fact sheets on online safety tips for parents of teenagers:
Online or private tutors – We are confident that the remote learning York High School is providing is more than sufficient to ensure that our students are able to make progress during this time of lockdown. If parents/carers still feel the need to source additional tutoring, please speak to us first as we might be able to alleviate your worries. If you do explore additional online tutoring, it is vital that you secure online support from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.
An online incident affecting a child
If you think there has been an online incident affecting your child and you wish to speak to a member of the Pastoral Team, please see the school website for email addresses for your child’s pastoral staff. Alternatively, you can contact our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Jill Womack firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can report an incident directly to CEOP who are a national police agency.
Mental health and wellbeing
If you need immediate support, you can text SHOUT to 85258 and chat by text. The service is free on most networks and available 24/7, and trained volunteers will listen to you, and work with to help you take the next steps towards feeling better.
Kooth.com provides online mental health services for children, young people and adults. It is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and is completely free. Please take a look if you need support with your own mental health and wellbeing or if you need some guidance on how best to help someone else.
Recovery College is a useful online resource with general advice, support, and strategies for a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues.
During the period of social distancing due to the Coronavirus outbreak, York Mind’s Young People Project will be offering additional services to young people aged between 11-21 years old. These include a Telephone Drop-In and a Telephone Mentoring Service. You can find full details here.
CAMHS has published ideas for supporting pupils with emotional and mental health difficulties on their website – you can view these here.
Child Bereavement UK also has online information on supporting pupils with issues surrounding bereavement.
We have looked through all advice about talking to your children and we think the following is the best for discussing Covid 19 with your children.
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
To the right you will also find a link to make sure that your child is safe online whilst not at school along with more information about help and services available to you.