Specialist Support Outside of School
See below some useful contact numbers if you feel your family needs some more support over this Christmas holiday period while the school is closed.
Christmas holidays are not always like the adverts on television and this year is no exception especially following the difficult year we have all had so we want to share with you some resources that may help you all if you feel you need some extra support .
From time to time we all struggle with our emotional health and wellbeing. For some children and young people it can be difficult to manage and understand their feelings.
Call the Single Point of Access number on 0800 0113 474 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and choose option one.
If a child or young person needs urgent help please call 0800 0113 474
ChatHealth is a text service for 11-19 year-olds. Young people can text with a member of our team about any physical or emotional health concerns they have. This service is available Monday to Friday, 9am on 07520 618850.
This service is confidential and anonymous.
School Nursing Service
They can offer up to six counselling sessions for young people aged 11-19. These sessions can help a young person gain understanding and develop strategies to help them feel better.
These sessions can be offered via video link, phone or in person. If you wish to access this support or find out more please complete the online referral form below or call 0800 0113 474.
Further resources for children and young people:
Kooth is a fantastic free online mental health and wellbeing service for young people aged 10 to 25. It’s a place to get advice, information and support 24/7. Watch their video to understand how Kooth can support your child with their mental health and wellbeing. https://www.kooth.com/
Good Health Matters is a great website which can help support a child or young person to make small changes to support their mental health. https://www.goodmentalhealthmatters.com/for-parents
KENT EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE
Free 30 minute phone/video consultation with an Educational Psychologist for parents.
The aim of this service is to provide advice and guidance to parents and carers to support children’s wellbeing and learning.
Topics or areas that you may wish to discuss might include:
·Social and emotional issues
·Concerns about learning
·Concerns about behaviour
·Daily routines including sleep
If you would like to make use of this service please send a message to the email address above including the following information: name and phone number;
- A convenient time to call (morning or afternoon)
- Your child’s education phase e.g. early years, primary school, secondary school;
- A brief description of what you wish to discuss.
Please click the link below for our Positive Mental Health Policy as this has details of other agencies you can contact to support your family's emotional wellbeing:
The Online Safety of our students is an ongoing focus at Orchards
Online Safety information link for our online policy giving you contacts for websites and tips on how to keep your child safe online.