Mr Hamilton communication
Familyworks Independent School Counselling Service
The mental health and wellbeing of our young people during the coronavirus outbreak remains paramount. You can still refer for counselling through a Pastoral Leader or via our Key Contact, Mr Hamilton or by visiting the www.familyworksni.com to complete a self-referral online.
The mental health and well-being of our young people remains paramount over the summer break. You can still self-refer for counselling by visiting the www.familyworksni.comto complete a self-referral online.
Please see the attached information pictures. Referrals may be made directly via the digital referral form on the Familyworks website or via our telephone helpline numbers, which are 02891821721 and 02891820341.
Familyworks Independent School Counselling Service
Mr Hamilton email to Year Group groups re.Summer break, planning for return to school, available external support and your well-being:
Mental Health and Well being
Action Mental Health Mindset Mental & Emotional Health & Well-being Awareness online programme
If you are between 14 and 17 years old you can sign up for this.
AWARE: Anxiety support sheet
CAMHS: Mental Health and coping
CAMHS: This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.
Coronavirus PowerPoint – What Can I do?
COVID Well-Being NI is an online hub developed by the PHA and partners to support the mental and emotional wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information, self-help guides and support, and aims to help people take steps to look after their mental health and reach out for help and support when needed.
Click on the link below to access the HUB:
Mental Health: Government Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Living Life To The Full: Young People
Coronavirus 1 and 2
Mental Health: William and Kate urge nation to look after their mental health
Mental Health.org: How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak https://mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
NHS Anxiety in Children advice for Parent-Carers
Psychology Resources for Parent-Carers re. Coronavirus (Psychology Tools)
Unicef – How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (UNICEF)
Young Minds – What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus:
BBC: Five ways to incorporate mindfulness into your child’s day
CALM ZONE: There are lots of way to feel calmer. It’s about finding what works for you. Try some of our breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress (CHILDLINE.org.uk)
GAMES: Play a game to take your mind off difficult things and have some fun (CHILDLINE)
BBC News: Keep informed NEWSROUND
Keep informed: The Run Down ITV news feed for teenagers
BBC: Coronavirus explained in 60 seconds. Everything you need to know about the coronavirus – explained in just one minute.
BBC: ‘I’m feeling ill, do I have coronavirus?’ The BBC’s Laura Foster explains how you can recognise the symptoms of coronavirus.
BBC: Social distancing advice: What two metres looks like
Why does staying at home help?
What is Coronavirus? “Ineqe” explanation video:
Physical Health and Well being
Try “P.E. with Joe”
Try “P.E. with Joe” Wicks every day, Monday to Friday 9am live stream or catch up on YouTube.
This is a great way to start your day everyone, get exercising in your home, feeling more alive and getting fitter, everyday!
A positive way to build your motivation levels, physical fitness and mental wellbeing!
Drink plenty of water, eat healthy food and get exercising!
Fitness: Five free workouts you can do at home:
BBC: #Workout Wednesday routines
BBC: Max Whitlock’s six-minute exercise
In the first of our 2019 series of #WorkoutWednesday routines, Great Britain’s Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock takes you through a six-minute exercise programme.
BBC: Max Whitlock’s five exercises to try at home
Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock has filmed five exercises for 5 Live for us all to try out in our homes during the coronavirus outbreak.
The GB double gold medal winner, from Hertfordshire, has been posting daily workouts on his social media for people to follow.
Fitness: Stay fit to fight the Coronavirus virus say medics
Safeguarding, Online Safety and Child Protection
CHILDLINE: Should a child or young person need to speak to someone in confidence they can call or email NSPCC Childline – 08001111
Childnet – Information and advice for parents and carers on supporting people online https://www.childnet.com/resources/supporting-young-people-online
NSPCC Net Aware – Provides reviews and guidance on the most popular social networks, apps and games that children use https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Internet Matters – A useful tool showing how to set parental controls across a range of devices and websites http://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/interactive-guide/and Helping parents keep your children safe online https://www.internetmatters.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIktuA5LWK2wIVRYXVCh2afg2aEAAYASAAEgIJ5vD_BwE
NSPCC Helpline: You can call or email the NSPCC to report a concern about a child or young person NSPCC Helpline – 08088005000 – email@example.com
Safer Internet Day 2021:Safer Internet Day Are you worried about what your child is doing online.pdf
The Department of Education have launched an app on the Safer Schools platform which has been provided by iNEQE Safeguarding Group that will be of use to parent/carers and pupils. Of particular note will be the specific resources linked COVID-19.
The App is designed to provide pupils with a platform to learn more about Digital Safety. All of the information will help to educate, empower and protect in the online world. You will also receive updates which will keep you up to date with emerging trends, risks and threats in the digital world.
SBNI: Safeguarding Board NI https://www.safeguardingni.org/
Download the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland app for professionals, parents & carers!
Child Protection issues and Child Protection investigations will continue to be managed and remain a priority for all agencies of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI), in particular the Health and Social Care Trusts and the PSNI.
If you are concerned about a child at risk of harm or abuse please contact your local Trust Gateway Team on the following numbers:
- Northern Health and Social Care Trust – 03001234333
- Out of Hours Regional Emergency Social Work Service – 02895 049999
- PSNI – on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Download the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland app for professionals, parents & carers! http://www.safeguardingni.org/app
You can call or email the NSPCC to report a concern about a child or young person NSPCC Helpline – 08088005000 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Should a child or young person need to speak to someone in confidence they can call or email NSPCC Childline – 08001111 www.childline.org.uk
STAY SAFE YOU SHOULD STAY OUT!
– Steep vertical drops
– Freezing water
– Falling rocks
– Heavy machinery
– Silt ponds that act like quicksand
8 steps to keep your child safe online
School and parent-carers together are always mindful of keeping our young people safe online, particularly during this unprecedented time of school closures.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) Child Exploitation and Online Protection Team (CEOP) has produced help sheets to support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online while they are off school.
Think You Know Secondary Parents Helpsheet-thinkuknow_secondary_parents_helpsheet (1).pdf
Support your child using “Thinkuknow” websites:
The help sheet attached provides advice and links to Thinkuknow resources you may use at home with your child.
The age-appropriate Thinkuknow websites are a useful way to start and continue chats at home about online safety.
11-13s Thinkuknow website – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_13/
14+ Thinkuknow website – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/
These websites provide open and honest guidance for young people on friends, relationships and the internet, covering topics like dealing with pressure; consent; and getting support when you’re worried.
You’ll find lots more advice on keeping your child safe online at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
UK Safer Internet Centre: Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19 (Safeguarding)
Safeguarding: UK Safer Internet Centre. Working Remotely? – Advice for Professionals & Parents
Internet Matters – Helping parents keep your children safe online
SEN Special Educational Needs
Autism Advice: AAIS info.pdf
Beating the Virus Storybook:Beating+the+Virus+-+A4+V3.pdf
Support for Pupils and Parent-Carers
Alcohol Awareness materials prepared by the Public Health Agency and Health and Social Care services.
BARNARDOS: Grieving During COVID 19
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our traditional ways of marking our grief. The Barnardos Child Bereavement Service continues to offer a supportive and therapeutic service to bereaved children and families. However, this will be offered remotely during this pandemic.
Our advice line service continues as normal on Mondays/Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-1pm by contacting 07867 372711. This service is available to anyone concerned about a bereaved child or young person, regardless of the nature of death or area the family live in.
Advice to pupils: Nine coronavirus worries and how to deal with them
CHILDLINE Info and advice
We’re here for you, whatever’s on your mind. We’ll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you.
Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. And you can access them in your own time, at your own pace!
CHILDLINE Message Boards
Want to say how you’re feeling? Or ask a question? Here you can share your experiences, have fun and get support from other young people in similar situations.
This page provides a list of resources that you may find useful as you assist your child with learning during the period of school closure.
EA Education Welfare Service: Staying Connected to Support Families and Young People during Covid-19 booklet
A support resource full of contact details of multiple support agencies available.
Family support services available in the Northern Area – Causeway Coast and Glens
Family support organisations and public agencies that may be accessed/contacted from home
Free School Meals: Ministers take action in relation to Free School Meals payment
GAMING: enjoying gaming and keeping your time online in proportion
Helplines NI: listen, support, inform.
View list of Coronavirus (Covid-19) helplines which provide information, advice and guidance on a wide-range of health and wellbeing needs https://www.helplinesni.com/
Net Aware: guide to social networks, apps and games
Parent Info – Expert information for parents about building their child’s resilience both online and off. Produced by NCA-CEOP and Parent Zone www.parentinfo.org
Parentline NI Advice Sheet and Podcast link from Parentline NI
Parenting NI is the leading charity for parenting support in Northern Ireland
Safeguarding: UK Safer Internet Centre. Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19