Help and Advice for Parents
Mrs Shelton, our Learning and Pastoral Mentor, is available to support pupils in school when they need support, socially and emotionally. She also supports parents around issues such as attendance, behaviour and safeguarding.
Healthy Minds Workshops for Parents
As a result of the changes to everyday life due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we recognise that some children may be experiencing higher anxiety levels than usual and parents may welcome some help to support their children emotionally in these unusual times.
With this in mind, Healthy Minds, Lincolnshire, have introduced the following free online workshops for parents to support with children’s anxiety, worries and anger:
- Managing worries and anxiety workshop
- Managing angry feelings workshop
- Parents supporting children with anxiety and additional needs workshop
- Survival guide to change workshop
The workshops can be found at https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/young-people/online-workshops
NHS Top Tips for supporting your child’s mental health:
Family Line is a free helpline, befriending and counselling service for parents and carers.
The service is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm and is there to provide a listening ear, answer particular parenting questions or help with guidance around more complex family issues. They can also provide longer-term support through regular sessions with Befrienders and Counsellors. All support takes place via telephone, text message, web chat or email and is free.
Further details can be found on the Family Action website: https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/familyline/
Family Services Directory
The Family Services Directory For Lincolnshire is an online guide to services and information for parents.
Place To Be
For advice on supporting and improving your child’s mental health visit https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/supporting-your-child-s-mental-health/
Sleep worries for children
A lot of parents have concerns about their children’s sleep at the moment and children may be having difficulty sleeping for different reasons. The links below offer advice and support if you are worried about your child’s sleeping.
The Children's Sleep Charity – for support with children’s sleep problems; establishing bedtime routines; relaxation and creating a calm bedroom environment to aid sleep.
Night Terrors and Nightmares - NHS advice for children who experience nightmares or night terrors.
The Sleep Charity offers advice for adults who may be experiencing sleeping difficulties as well as children.
Meet Ollee - your helpful digital friend
Ollee is a digital friend for children aged 8-11, created by Parent Zone and funded by BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me initiative, which aims to make a difference to children’s emotional wellbeing.
It’s designed to help children reflect on how they feel and to process their experiences with the support and help of their parents and carers – and it does this by offering them advice about a range of subjects: school, family, friends, their body, the internet and the world.
For each of these subjects, children can choose an emotion that matches how they feel about it: happy, angry, sad, confused, frustrated, stressed or worried.
Next, they can choose from a list of topics – for instance, a child who was worried about school might be able to select ‘I haven’t done my homework’ as the cause of their worry. Finally, they’ll see a page of advice about the topic, presented in child-friendly bite-sized chunks they can read then or save for later.