Emotional Health & Wellbeing
Supporting Students’ Well-Being and Behaviour
There are many students who require additional support to succeed at school. Creating a bespoke mentoring programme will support students emotionally and also ensure that they are challenged to work hard, succeed and overcome their barriers to learning.
Student safety is always a school’s number one priority, please follow this link to understand our key personnel and structures for safeguarding our students. All our staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection procedures annually with regular refreshers on processes throughout the year. There are clear displays for visitors to Bohunt School Worthing identifying where to go with any concern around the safety of a student.
Our policy for child protection can be read here.
If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
Contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Ms Georgette Ayling if your concern is less urgent and you are worried about the welfare of a child or children. For example, you may want us to make sure a child is safe or tell us about a child’s general welfare. You can contact Ms Ayling by calling the main school switchboard on 01903 601361 or by emailing email@example.com. When we hear that a child might be being harmed in some way we make enquiries, we normally investigate with the local Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and try to speak to all other professionals who may know the child and their family.
Advice for parents
As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. The NSPCC can help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe.
It’s more than just physical safety. A big part of keeping children safe is making sure to look after their emotional and mental well-being. Helping them develop healthy emotional bonds from infancy can have a lifelong effect, and a strong relationship can make it easier when you want to discuss issues such as expressions of sexual behaviour or self-harm.
As your child grows older, you’ll also worry about how to keep them safe when you’re not always around. When is a child old enough to be home alone? And how can they keep safe when they’re out on their own? You’ll also want to teach them about online safety and the dangers of sexting.
Of course, some people find it awkward to talk about some subjects. So if you don’t know how to talk to your child about difficult issues, these pages on the NSPCC website will provide helpful advice and support.
Information sourced from www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/
The NSPCC has recently launched the Share Aware campaign.
This new campaign will help parents talk to their children about staying safe on social networks. Keeping children safe online is a great concern for parents. The campaign aims to provide straightforward, advice for parents of 8 to 12-year-old children.
The following six sections are designed to provide you with practical advice on areas of concern that sometimes cause parents anxiety or stress when supporting their child.
The six areas are: sexual health and relationships, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, online safety and drug and alcohol misuse.
Some of the links are to websites that provide their own advice and guidance; other links are to articles that may be of interest that are linked to the subject matter.
In some areas we share some of our own teaching resources which provides an insight into how Bohunt School Worthing is adapting its curriculum to support students.
The range of links is by no means exhaustive. We would welcome feedback and recommendations of additional information that parents have themselves found useful and supportive.
Should you wish to provide any feedback please go to firstname.lastname@example.org and title your email ‘Health Web Page’.
Mr Adam Whitehead BSc (Hons)
Sexual Health and Relationships
A good place to go in Worthing for advice about Sexual Health is the Find it Out Centre. If you are aged 13-25 you can drop in to a FindItOut centre to get advice and information. If you want to talk to someone in confidence you just need to make an appointment.
If you have an issue that they can’t help you with, they will always do their best to put you in touch with somebody who can. As well as advice and information there is free internet access. Click here for more information about this service.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Unsure (LGBTU) Support
Bohunt School Worthing is committed to inclusion for all, including students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. If your child needs support in school with feelings regarding their sexual orientation or gender identity, they are able to talk to their tutor, achievement coordinator or any member of staff they trust. There is an LGBT drop-in on Friday lunchtimes in F43. This is run by our trained student LGBT ambassadors. Bohunt School Worthing works closely with the Allsorts Youth Project (http://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk). They offer advice, support and run groups outside of school supporting children and young people who are LGBTU.
For information on Self Harm follow the links below:
For information on Eating Disorders, follow the links below:
For information on Anxiety, follow the links below:
In the recent monitoring visit from the Bohunt Education Trust (October 2017) our iPad 1:1 scheme was highly praised, in particular the way that iPad use is now embedded into our curriculum and the way our students use iPads responsibly and effectively in lessons. As you will know, we do not allow iPad use during social time, this is because we prioritise students’ face to face social interactions at that time.
It is true however, that in the modern world much of the socialising that young people do is online, via social media and messaging platforms etc. Keeping young people safe in this online world is hugely important but can be a thorny issue. In order to support you in this endeavour, we have put together some advice and further links that may be of use.
We do hope you find the attached helpful. Should you ever have concerns regarding your child’s safety online that you would like support with, please do get in touch with their form tutor or achievement coordinator.
For additional information on On-line Safety, follow the links below:
Drug and Alcohol Misuse
West Sussex Children and Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service (Under 25 years old)
About the service
The West Sussex Young Persons Substance Misuse Service (WSYPSMS) offers flexible, confidential treatment and support for young people aged up to 24 years. Young people are offered appointments at a venue which suits them and drop-ins are held around the county, including FindItOut Centres.
Click here for more information about this service