We are conscious that we will still want to support pupils’ welfare even when operating a remote learning environment. To that end, pupils and parents can still raise any concerns with Form Tutors or our pastoral team. The best method of communication is via email.
We have set up a dedicated email for children to contact should they have concerns. We will check this email on a daily basis when we are not in school: firstname.lastname@example.org
In an emergency, or if students feel their concerns need immediate attention, a list of other helplines and their areas of expertise are identified below. The majority of these are able to offer 24 hour support.
Helpline 0800 1111. Childline is a service provided by the NSPCC. Call us free on 0800 1111 or find out how to get in touch online. Whatever your worry, we’re here for you. General information and help home page Contacting Childline www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/
Support with exam stress www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/school-college-and-work/school-college/exam-stress/
Support with home & family life www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/home-families/
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON SUPPORT HUB
MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393
We’re Mind. We understand mental health and wellbeing. We’re here if you need us for support and advice. We help everyone understand mental health problems, so no one has to feel alone. www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/
As you may be aware, Mind have set up a unique email address for the St Benedict’s Catholic School Community. It should not be used as an emergency contact for mental health issues, but pupils and / or parents are encouraged to raise concerns or seek guidance regarding any worries they may have. email@example.com
Helpline: 0808 802 5544 www.youngminds.org.uk/
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find. Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health. Join our fight.
ThinkNinja App Support for young people with their mental health during these difficult times.
Healios ThinkNinja App support available during the COVID-19 situation
– The age range is 10-18
– It will have a range of new COVID-19 related material (such as anxieties around this topic)
– It’s free!
SAMARITANS – 116 123
We’re waiting for your call Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. www.samaritans.org/
More options are available for children, as published by itv.com and the This Morning team. Please see the link www.itv.com/thismorning/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-helplines
Appropriate use of IT:
Please remind your children about e-safety. You can access advice and guidance via www.thinkuknow.co.uk/.
Previous advice regarding Coronavirus stands and you can find links online as below: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Please take care of yourselves, your families and those close to you. This will pass, although I wish I could give you a specific timescale. We look forward warmly to when we are able to open the doors of St Benedict’s again to the children. In the meantime may God bless you all.