Advice and Guidance
This page contains links to many different challenges that a young person and their families may face. If you or anyone you know, is affected by any of the issues below, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can offer advice and guidance and direct you to other services that maybe able to help.
- Alcohol - https://www.changegrowlive.org/
- Drugs - https://www.talktofrank.com/drugs-a-z
- Gaming - https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/question/gaming-addiction-can-prevent-children-developing/
- Gaming - https://pegi.info/
- Gambling - https://www.ygam.org/
- Social Media - https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/social-media-advice-hub/social-media-concerns/
Advice on Anxiety and Sleep
- Teen Sleep Hub - https://teensleephub.org.uk/
Bereavement & loss
- Youngminds: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/grief-and-loss/?gclid=CjwKCAjw_qb3BRAVEiwAvwq6VkJ0j5tDDSqoUMqjyKuxw1i2Fm3q27nndCTwY3bfPdN5zW2A5kA0qBoCuCwQAvD_BwE
- Family Lives: https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/divorce-and-separation/thinking-about-divorce/finding-support-during-divorce-separation/
- Childline: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/friends-relationships-sex/friends/peer-pressure/
- Child Bereavement: https://www.childbereavementuk.org/
You should report bullying a trusted adult in school, or someone you trust if it happens outside school, for example in a club or online.
Tell the POLICE if the bullying involves a crime.
If you are struggling to tell someone you can always report it anonymously to school via our SHARP System.
Other national organisations that you can contact to help support with bullying include:
- Child Line - “Bullying can happen anywhere and be about anything. We've got advice about different types of bullying including Cyber; discrimination; homophobic & transphobic, faith & relgious; racism & racial bullying. They also offer some advice on how to bounce back from bullying.
- NSPCC - Advice for parents and carers to help keep children safe from bullying, wherever it happens.
- EACH - EACH has a freephone Helpline for children experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying or harassment: 0808 1000 143. It’s open Monday to
- Anti-bullying alliances offer a range of advice including for parents on how to spot signs of bullying; how to support your child if they have been bullied and advice for parents who’s children have been accused of bullying.
Confidence & Self Esteem
We believe that children who have high esteem and have a positive view of themselves will thrive both in school and beyond. Where children have lower self esteem we must work to build up their self believe and confidence so that they too can enjoy the very best outcomes in school and life.
Secondary school children experience significant physical changes. Their weight, shape and skin type can change and fluctuate and often this can have an impact upon their self-esteem. Additionally children can feel pressure from peers, friends or even the media to look a certain way. This can result in children having a negative outlook of their physical appearance.
Exam Pressure & Results
Exam times can be a stressful time for the young person. As parents it can be stressful for you too, in finding the right balance in keeping them motivated without adding to the pressure.
- Children of prisoners: https://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/pages/category/for-children
- Forced marriage: https://www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage
Grooming and Exploitation:
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
- Child Criminal Exploitation/County Lines (CCE) /Gangs
- Extremism and Radicalisation
- Child sexual abuse online/Keeping safe on line - https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/what-is-online-child-sexual-abuse/
- Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online
- Safer internet Games, quizzes, films and advice to help young people get the most out of the internet while staying safe online
- National Safety online: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
- Snapchat new in-app tool called Family Centre: https://oursaferschools.co.uk/2022/09/02/snapchat-family-center/?utm_campaign=Safer%20Schools%20Weekly%20Round-Up&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=224838497&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hyH-WONWoK7fHaoSVWQ-wEBB5DnPz-2zg4sq59DSDDYbt2My_fbj0DnXt6q6YqTESbo4VdGAHK4bi12dZ62rNxxhW3g&utm_content=224838497&utm_source=hs_email
- Mental Health and Wellbeing (link to the mental Health and Wellbeing Page)
- Eating Disorders:
- Self harm - Self-harm can cover a range of things that people do to themselves in a deliberate and harmful way. Although cutting is the most common form of self- harm, other methods include head banging, hair pulling, burning and scalding, biting, scratching, stabbing, breaking bones, swallowing objects, self-poisoning and overdosing. By injuring themselves, children and young people are asserting a form of self- control on their life which they feel is otherwise chaotic and meaningless. Self-harm is a way of coping and of channelling frustration and other strong emotions.
- Obesity: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/very-overweight-children-advice-for-parents/
- Sexual health:
- Brooke - Being a young person can be tough. Brooke provide innovative clinical services, digital support, tailored counselling and inspiring relationships and sex education, so that young people are able to take charge of their sexual health and wellbeing https://www.brook.org.uk/
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/protecting-children/fgm?gclid=CjwKCAjw_qb3BRAVEiwAvwq6VlOOJh56ytqnauIxV2l4XlJGoT4YpXvLq4bLcoqu6cpdIlbB2kj5qRoC00gQAvD_BwE