At Archbishop Temple Church of England High School, we consider a child’s Mental Health and Wellbeing of paramount importance and will offer support to any children or families who are affected by these issues.
In October 2023, we were awarded the School Mental Health Award by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools in recognition of our outstanding work in making a difference to pupils’ lives through supporting their mental health and wellbeing.
The Department for Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.
If you feel your child does need support in school, please contact Mrs Bridges in the first instance, and we will be able to discuss with you any issues you feel are important to you and your family.
We have invested in Skodel to help us support pupils' wellbeing in school. Skodel is a simple and engaging way for us to check in with pupils. A pupil guide to Skodel is available to download below.
From 18th September 2023 parents and carers of children aged 5-19 in our area can send a message, anonymously if they wish, to the School Nursing Team to get confidential help and advice about a range of health concerns, including health, sexual health, relationships, alcohol and drugs and bullying. This joins our ChatHealth text messaging service which is for young people aged 11-19 years.
Further information about the service can be found at https://lancsyoungpeoplefamilyservice.co.uk/school-nursing/ or go to www.chathealth.nhs.uk to start a chat with the local messaging service.
The messaging service will be available Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays from 9am to 5pm When a message is sent to the dedicated number (07312263554) an automated reply confirms the message has been received. A trained healthcare professional will reply to the message during office hours within 24 working hours at most. This is not an emergency service. Urgent help should be sought from an NHS walk-in centre or by calling NHS 111. In an emergency, dial 999 or go to A&E.
The Lancashire ParentLine messaging service will be run by HCRG Care Group and powered by the award-winning messaging platform, ChatHealth, which has been widely implemented at several NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations across the UK. It was developed by 2013 by an NHS Trust to offer more choice in how people can get help from local trained health staff in their area. In other areas where it is used young people say they feel more comfortable talking about their issues in a discreet message, whilst parents and carers say messaging is more convenient way to ask quick questions.
The following digital leaflets for Chat Health, for young people aged 11-19 years old, and Lancashire ParentLine, for parents of 5-19 years, contain further information.
We recognise, however, that not all parents are aware of where to turn if they feel their child may have Mental Health issues and so we offer the following as places to find information should you need to do so.
Parents may find this link from Young Minds helpful, by answering 6 questions you can get advice about how to help your child if they are struggling with their mental health:
Parenting Smart offers practical advice for parents and carers of children. All of our content is created by Place2Be's parenting experts. It's based on evidence and their experiences working with children, young people and their families.
Pupils may find Kooth helpful. Kooth is a free, web based, confidential support service funded by the CCG in Lancashire. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people aged 10 - 16.
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The Lily Jo Project offers lots of helpful tips and resources for parents and carers to support children and families with mental health.
I am delighted to inform you that our school is taking part in the ‘Digital Healthy Schools Programme’, an initiative designed to educate our pupils on responsibly using mobile technology to help them manage their health. As you know, our country is facing big challenges to the healthcare system. Yet, many of the long term illnesses that impact so many lives and cost so much to treat are entirely preventable. It has been shown by healthcare professionals that mobile technology is an effective way for patients to manage their conditions and for people to maintain and improve their health. Despite this, mobile health, which can include everything from step counters and stress busting apps to personal diabetes monitoring and skin cancer diagnosis tools, is a relatively unknown area for many people. It requires more awareness, and we need more help navigating the options available. This programme provides an unmatched education in mobile health. Your son/daughter will be made well aware of how they can use mobile health solutions for the benefit of themselves, their friends and their families. Teaching them how to find the best and, importantly, safest apps available to them.
Mrs Bridges (Assistant Director of Pupils).