Wade Deacon High School
Wade Deacon Trust
WELLBEING SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
Wade Deacon takes a proactive approach to our student’s wellbeing, where prevention, early intervention and support are keenly held concepts that influence planning and policies. It is also our belief that, with communication and in partnership with families, we can facilitate and support our students to improve their personal, social and emotional wellbeing, which in turn will help the students to achieve academically. Should you wish to discuss any aspects of your childs emotional wellbeing or wish for your child to have mentoring support in school then please contact Mrs McCormack, Leader of Care, Guidance and Support.
Wade Deacon also works closely with local outside agencies as we believe that this is crucial if we are to ensure effective prevention or support for our students and we are keen to facilitate and support multiagency working within the school environment.
At times parents may need information on the challenges facing young people so the resources in this section have been gathered together inform and support parents on just some of the issues that we are aware of. The section provides links to agencies and third parties; however we are not responsible for the availability or content on these linked sites. These sites are intended for information purposes only. If you have any concerns regarding your child then please seek advice from your G.P.
Please choose from the options below for information
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Experimentation in young people is a part of development. Substance abuse will depend on a number of factors including availability of the substance, family and peer pressures.
Many young people assume they will be able to stop smoking whenever they choose, but smoking is highly addictive. By the time the young person understands the risks many will find it very difficult to stop smoking. In addition children are at particular risk of the damaging effects of second hand smoke because their lungs are still developing, they breathe faster and they have immature immune systems. This makes them more vulnerable to effects of second hand smoke than adults.
Substance abuse in young people may pose a greater hazard than in older people as their brains are not yet fully developed however very few young people develop a dependency. Those who use drugs or alcohol are likely to be vulnerable and experiencing a range of problems, of which substance misuse is one.
Some students struggle with a range of difficulties around their parents’ own mental health problems or drug and alcohol use. Because of these difficulties, young people who have a parent with a mental illness or drug or alcohol problem are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and other problems.
Further information –
www.ash.org.uk - Is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.
www.stopsmokinguk.org - free advice service for all smokers
www.addaction.org.uk - Young Addaction work closely with all the schools/colleges within the borough delivering one to one sessions with young people and provide training around drug and alcohol related issues. They can be found at Young Addaction, Halton, CRMZ, Kingsway, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 7QE. Tel: 0151 257 2530.
www.ashleyhousehalton.co.uk - Offers help, support and advice for anyone experiencing problems as a result of alcohol or drugs. The Community Drug and Alcohol Team and Arch Initiatives are based here. They can also be found at Halton Drug and Alcohol Service, Ashley House, Ashley Way West, Widnes, WA8 7RP - Tel: 0151 422 1400 / 0845 601 1500
www.drinkaware.co.uk - Drinkaware promotes responsible drinking and finds innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm.
www.talktofrank.com - Frank is a website and telephone helpline offering advice, information and support to anyone concerned about drugs and solvent/volatile substance misuse, including drug misusers, their families, friends and carers.
ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION
A degree of anxiety or worry is normal in everyday life; however, there are times when young people’s anxieties become excessive, exaggerated or unrealistic leaving them feeling out of control. This can have profound effects on the young person’s personal and social life and become so debilitating that they cease to function effectively, and relationships and schooling begin to break down.
Further information –
www.help4me.info - Details of local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
www.rcpsych.ac.uk - provides specifically tailored information for young people, parents, and carers about mental health.
www.youngminds.org.uk – Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
www.childline.org.uk - ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen
Whilst some young people may experience great anxiety when bereaved, other children may deny feeling any loss or bereavement and simply try to continue to continue with life as normal. Some may be unable to process the powerful emotions associated with bereavement and they may begin to question the meaning of life.
Further information -
Death in the family - helping children to cope: information for parents published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Winston’s Wish - A charity for bereaved children. Offers practical support for parents
Child Bereavement UK - support and information for families
Child Death Helpline - for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however long ago this may have occurred.
http://www.mariecurie.org.uk?en-GB/patients-carers/for-carers/supporting-children/ - Marie Curie doesn’t support care for children who are ill, but they do have practical support booklets for young people.
DIVORCE AND SEPERATION
There were nearly 2.0 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK in 2012. In 2012, women accounted for 91% of lone parents with dependent children and men the remaining 9%. Women are more likely to take the main caring responsibilities for any children when relationships break down, and therefore become lone parents. Research has shown that many young people find school a safe haven from parental conflict however it can, at times, overwhelm the young person whilst in school.
Further information –
How divorce or separation of parents affects young people - info published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Sorting out separation - Help and support for separating parents - links to lots of useful info and organisations about child support, benefits, housing, domestic violence, and more.
Family Lives - help and support for parents in all aspects of family life, including how separation affects children.
National Family Mediation - helps separating parents make arrangements for their children.
Gingerbread - advice and info for single parents.
Families Need Fathers - help for dads
Domestic violence has often been seen as a problem between adults. It was thought that as long as children were not in the same room and actually caught in the crossfire, they were not affected by violence between their parents, however children are not deceived by closed doors and there is growing evidence that children who live in families where there is violence between the parents can suffer serious long-term emotional effects. Even if they are not physically harmed, children may suffer lasting emotional and psychological damage as a result of witnessing violence.
Wade Deacon is part of Operation Encompass, which aims to support children who are affected by domestic abuse. Following a domestic abuse incident the police will make contact with the school and communicate relevant information to nominated school staff, to ensure that the school are made aware early enough to support students in a way that makes them feel safe and included. We have a trained member of staff, Mrs McCormack, who liaises with the police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the student. If you would like to talk to someone regarding Operation Encompass or require further information then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs McCormack on the school number.
Further information –
www.thehideout.org.uk – website about domestic violence especially for children.
Men’s Advice Line: advice and support for men in abusive relationships
National Domestic Violence Helpline - run by Women’s Aid and Refuge. Open 24 hours on 0808 2000 247, free and confidential.
NSPCC info - on protecting children from domestic violence.
Women’s Aid: domestic violence charity.
Twenty years ago models weighed 8% less than the average woman but today they weigh less than 23%, however thousands of young people, both male and female, develop eating disorders because they feel that they have to reach an ‘ideal’ look. However, it’s not just dieting or over exercising that constitutes an eating disorder but overeating or compulsive eating and obesity are issues which affect our young people too.
Further information –
http://www.live-lifewell.net/fit-4-life-4/ - Fit 4 Life is a fun programme of activities and education, helping children, young people and their families to exercise regularly and eat a nutritionally balanced diet
Beat: support for people with eating disorders and their families
Anorexia and Bulimia: support for people with eating disorders and their families.
Info for parents about eating disorders - published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
www.oagb.org.uk - Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating
Wade Deacon has a clear pathway of referral for those students are self-harming. The reasons why young people self harm are usually complex but probably involve an inability to express difficult or distressing feelings in a less harmful way. Young people sometimes go to great lengths to cover their injuries, especially with clothes. Though self-harm is rarely a failed suicide attempt, it is a sign that the person doing it is coping with very difficult feelings, and probably needs some help. Self-injury can also lead to infection, permanent damage and even accidental death. It is therefore important to seek professional advice if your child is self-harming.
Further information –
www.youngminds.org.uk – Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They operate a helpline which is accessed by thousands of parents and carers each year who are worried about the emotional problems or behaviour of a child or young person
Self-harm in young people: information for parents -published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Selfharm.co.uk - Includes lots of useful info for parents and for young people who self-harm
Youth2Youth: - helpline and e-mail advice for young people aged 11-19. Run by young people for young people.
Youth Access - Find local counselling, advice and information for young people.
THE SHARP SYSTEM
School Help Advice Reporting Page System (SHARP) is reporting tool designed to help with any problems you may have in or out of school. There are many reasons why you might decide not to talk about incidents face to face which is why you can use SHARP to report any issues anonymously and without fear. A referral is received by the staff listed on the reporting page who will decide who should deal with the referral. No one else will have access to the reporting system and the report will remain anonymous unless you provide your details. Any issues outside of school will be referred to the local police station.
SHARP is a CONFIDENTIAL way to STOP you or a friend or someone from SUFFERING