My role within the academy is to support students’ emotional well-being. I am a member of a Professional Body which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This means I belong to a register which ensures safe, ethical and competent practice. Emotional well-being is important for all of our students and essential that students can access support within school. Young people today encounter many challenges as they grow into adulthood and our well-being is shaped not only by our circumstances, but also from the meaning we make of what happens to us. By offering a safe space in the academy for students to reflect on situations, explore thoughts and emotions is an invaluable resource. You can contact me via the school office or directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. My hours are Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the academy.
Who can refer?
Student centre/Safe Space.
Form tutors/heads of year.
How do we work together?
Initially for six weeks (half a term). This is a voluntary process and students can end their sessions before six weeks if they choose. At the end of the six week session our work together is reviewed and we either continue or we discuss next steps. This could be continuing a piece of work at home or a referral to an outside agency if more specialist intervention is required. Counselling is voluntary; you or your child may choose at any stage to end sessions. However, it is important to have a closure session to say goodbye as this is an integral part of the therapeutic process.
I engage with all multi-agencies and can carry out combined and individual pieces of work to support the student in and outside of school. I work closely with the pastoral staff within school where we monitor and triage each student dependant on need and signpost where appropriate. I offer an eclectic approach; working with the student exploring different resources or styles of therapy dependent upon the student need at that time.
Myself and the Pastoral team also offer a secure transition for our Year 6 students who are moving into Year 7, ensuring the students receive early intervention where necessary. This is piece of work is carried out early in the summer term so these children are identified and plans can be put in place to support.
What are some of the issues, situations young people manage today?
Abuse – physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.
Stresses due to interpersonal relationships and friendships.
Conflictual relationships with parents.
Eating disorders and problematic eating behaviours.
Self-harm and suicidal ideation.
Psychological and emotional issues.
Cyber trauma (social media sites).
Substance abuse (smoking, prescriptive drugs, illicit drugs).
Sometimes students disclose information that cannot be kept confidential. Safeguarding is a statutory duty within school; any concerns are shared and reported to the safeguarding leads in school. If the student is in immediate danger then a referral will be made to Children’s Social Care and/or the Police immediately. Safeguarding procedures are explained to every student at the beginning of their first session and reviewed where necessary.
Useful Websites and Telephone Numbers
Chat Health Text Service for Parents: 07520 631590
Chat Health Text Service 11-19 year olds: 07480 635060
Children and Young People’s Health Service: 0300 300 0123
Young Minds 24/6 Crisis Service for Young People Text: YM85258