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Pastoral Support

Find out about the range of pastoral support on offer for children at St Mary’s and further support for your child’s emotional and mental health.

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA):

We have a fully trained ELSA (Emotional literacy support assistant) who will work with nominated children to help them manage their emotions and wellbeing. She will also run specific intervention groups. This service will be running from September 2021.

If you feel that your child would benefit from this support please contact Mrs. George.

Targeted support:

Mrs. George has a counselling qualification and is currently training as a mental health ambassador with place2be. She will be able to offer support to those in distress and know when the time is right to signpost on to professional support agencies such as CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health service).

Working alongside our SENCO (Mrs. Elsden) and our ELSA we will be able to facilitate targeted help for individuals.

External Support

Below are a range of external services and support for parents and children.

Self-help websites for young people:

Kooth offers free online support for young people. Kooth counsellors are online Monday-Friday 12 noon till 10pm and weekends 6pm-10pm.

Youngminds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Young minds offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. If you need to talk, they can let you know about organisations that listen, plus they offer online support.

Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. You can visit the Childline Explore section for advice and information on a range of topics. You can also get support on the online message boards.

  • Freephone 0800 111 111 (24-hour. The call won’t show on your phone bill).

The Mix is a free, confidential telephone helpline finding young people the best help, whatever the problem. Provides free connections to local or national services and can text information to callers’ mobile phones.

  • Freephone 08088 084 994 (7 days a week 1pm-11pm).

Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.

  • 0116123 (24-hour).

Frank provides confidential information or advice for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s drug misuse.

  • Freephone 0800 776 600 (24-hour. Free if calling from a landline and won’t show up on the phone bill. Translation available for non –English speakers).

B-EAT youth helpline has online community information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders.

  • Call 08456437650 (Monday-Friday 4:30pm-8:30pm, and Saturday 1:00pm-4:30pm).

Kidscape offers advice and practical skills on how to deal with bullying. Remember, no-one deserves to be bullied. Nearly everyone is bullied at some time in their lives: by brothers, sisters, neighbours, adults or children. If you are being bullied you may feel scared, vulnerable and alone, but you owe it to yourself to sort the situation out.

Winston’s wish helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a bereaved child or young person. The death of a parent, brother or sister is one of the most fundamental losses a child will face. At Winston’s Wish they believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives.

  • Helpline 08452 030405 (Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm and Wednesday evenings 7pm-9:30pm.