The well being of our children is a priority for everybody. At The Pochin School, we ensure pastoral support and the physical and mental well-being of the children is embedded into our everyday life. The last few years living alongside COVID has not been easy for any of us. The isolation from family and friends, the complete removal of routines and structure are just a few of the many changes that we all had to sadly get used to. It would be naive of us to presume that this would not have an impact on not only our own well-being, but our children’s well-being as well. If you have a concern about your child’s well-being we would advise you to discuss any concerns you have with their class teacher as soon as possible. There are also lots of online resources to help and guide parents and carers. We have listed a number of online resources below. This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have accessed a website or a resource that has not been included, please let us know so we can update our website list and share with our School community.
Well Being Emotion Monster Competition
For mental well-being week the school ran a competition for the children to create their own emotion monster. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the entries for the competition, these are below and also displayed in the reception area. We would like top congratulate Ava who won the competition and received a signed copy of the book, ‘Nimi’s Mindful Dance’ by the author Aarti Lakhani.
Useful websites to support Mental Health
Every mind matters – Aims to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. Every Mind Matters – also offers support and advice for adults too.
Young minds – The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Young minds aim to empower Young People by improving Mental Health and changing attitudes.
NSPCC – The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a British child protection charity. The website provides advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm.
Place2be – A website edicated to supporting children’s well-being and mental health.
Mind – An organisation that provide advice and support for anyone experiencing poor mental health
Useful Websites to support families
Anxiety UK Anxiety helpline 08444 775 774 www.anxietyuk.org
Anti-bullying Alliance Support and advice about bullying www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
Beat Youth Line Eating disorder helpline 0808 801 0711 www.b-eat.co.uk
Bereavement UK Bereavement help 0800 634 9494 www.bereavement.co.uk
Black Lives Matter A parents guide Black lives matter booklet
Cancer Support Cancer support line0808 800 1234 www.cancerbacup.org.uk
Child Bereavement UK Child bereavement helpline 0800 028 8840 www.childbereavementuk.org
Childline 24 hours helpline for under 18s 0800 11 11 www.childline.org.uk
CAMHS Child and Adolescent mental health 01925 579405 www.youngminds.org.uk
Crimestoppers Crime prevention 0800 555 111 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Crime Victims Victim support 08453030900 www.victimsupport.org.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care Support for bereaved children 0808 808 1766 www.cruse.org.uk
FREEVA Free from violence & abuse 08088020028 www.freeva.org.uk
First Response Report abuse or neglect of a child0116 305 0005
Grief Encounter Support for bereaved children0808 802 0111 www.griefencounter.org.uk
Kidscape Keeping safe, bullying & how to cope020 7730 3300 www.kidscape.org.uk
Kooth Online support for young people www.kooth.com
Mental Health Foundation Mental health issues helpline 020 7803 1100 www.mentalhealth.org
MIND Mental health issues helpline 0300 123 3393 www.mind.org.uk
National Missing Persons Parents helpline 0500 700 700 www.missingpersons.police.uk
No Panic Help with anxiety disorders 0844 967 4848 www.nopanic.org.u)
NSPCC 24 hour child protection helpline 0800 800 5000 www.nspcc.org.uk
The Proud Trust LGBT and youth support 0161 660 3347 www.theproudtrust.org
OCD UK Obsessive compulsive disorder help 0845 120 3778 www.ocduk.org
Papyrus Young suicide prevention 0800 088 4141 www.papyrus-uk.org
Relate Relationships help 0300 100 1234 www.relate.org.uk
Royal college of psychiatrists Helping children cope with worries and anxieties
Runaway Helpline Parents helpline 0800 800 70 70 www.runawayhelpline.org.uk
Safer Internet Tips, advice and resources to help keep your child safe online 0344 800 2382
Samaritans 24 hour suicide prevention line 08457 90 90 90 www.samaritans.org.uk
Young Minds Emotional help 0800 802 5544 www.youngminds.org.uk
The school follows the Public Health Agency Guidance, ‘On infection control in schools and other childcare settings’ to ensure the safety of all pupils, staff and the wider community.