Student Support @ CCHS
As a school we take the support of our students very seriously both academically and pastorally.
• Form tutors are accessible for students to discuss any problems or difficulties they may be experiencing.
• Subject teachers are always available outside of lesson time to assist with any difficulties students may be having understanding what they are being taught, problems they are having with completing homework or anything else related to that particular subject. This support sits along side the numerous revision and coursework sessions organised across the subject areas - Extra-Curricular Sessions.
Our Pastoral Support Staff are also on hand throughout the day to help with any problems that students encounter at school - they are based in each of the Year Group Pastoral offices.
In addition to this, we have a designated team of staff to promote the safeguarding and welfare of our students.
The Safeguarding Office, where students can go if they are concerned or worried about anything, is next to Room G3. The Safeguarding team have a dedicated Safeguarding Webpage, for students, parents & carers alike, as well as an email address that can be used by students to report concerns:-
CCHS Mind Matters Team
The CCHS Mind Matters Team are a group of students and teachers who have been trained as mental health mentors. The team will be available to listen and support students who are finding everyday life difficult. The team is located in Room J6, where Mrs Roberts is available to listen and support every Wednesday lunchtime. Our young mentors will also be available at the same time if students wish to talk to one of their peers instead. The team aim to encourage everyone to be more open about mental health and eradicate the stigma that is attached to the subject. The team are now planning to train up more students to become mental health mentors as they are aware that this has become a growing issue.
In addition to our teachers, numerous subject specific websites are available for students to assist them with their understanding of the topics they are covering. Follow the links below - some websites require specific login details; these can be obtained from the relevant subject areas.
Alongside the support that we are able to offer within school, there are also outside organisations that can also help students both locally and through national organisation accessible websites.
Childline - Remove a nude image shared online
Information and help to get your image or video removed from the internet - CLICK HERE
If students need support they can contact TeenTalk and take advantage of their unique service. TeenTalk offer a support and information service for 11-25 year olds in the Tendring area, which has been built up over the past 18 Years. They offer a self-referral service, there are no time restrictions and no appointment is required. Their support is informal, non-judgmental and confidential.
Teen talk will be offering a limited service during the Corona virus outbreak
This provision will be reviewed on a ongoing basis as events progress.
They have on-line activities and phone support for young people who require it.
They will need consent from parents for under 17 year olds and this will done via email packs.
National Support Websites
• Childline - www.childline.org.uk | online chat | message boards | ** CHILDLINE CALM ZONE **
Freephone 0800 11 11 (24 hours)
Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides confidential telephone counselling service to anyone under 19 with any issue they’re going through, big or small; they can help with anything - from bullying to exam stress and relationships. They comfort, advise and protect.
Childline is free and doesn’t show up on the phone bill. Childline is confidential and available any time, day or night.
If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.
• Childline Information - Quick Links here > Puberty | Feelings and Emotions | Depression and Feeling Sad
• Kooth Support - kooth.com
Offer free, safe and anonymous online support for young people **RECOMMENDED**
• Young Minds - www.youngminds.org.uk
Offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
• Mid & North Essex Mind - www.mnessexmind.org
We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone - We work with children from the age of 5 and adults of all ages. We’re on your doorstep and on the end of a phone. Whether your stressed, depressed or in crisis, we’ll listen, give you support and advice and fight your corner. And we’ll push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.
• Mind - www.mind.org.uk
Mental Health Charity offering information, help and support - Tel: 0300 123 3393
• MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) - mhfaengland.org
Offering training to understand, spot and aid mental illness in moments of crisis.
• Rethink Mental Illness - www.rethink.org
Challenging attitudes around mental health.
• Headmeds - www.headmeds.org.uk
Straight talk on mental health medication. Look up your medication to find out about side effects and things you might not feel comfortable asking your GP about, and listen to other people's experiences.
• Time To Change - www.time-to-change.org.uk
Challenging mental health discrimination.
• Grief Encounter - www.griefencounter.org.uk
A service to support bereaved young people.
• Think You Know - www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Advice and Support from the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - 'Keeping yourselves safe, Keeping the Internet Fun'. Information on a variety of topics from Online Safety and Social Media through to Sex and Relationships.
• FRANK - www.talktofrank.com
Freephone 0800 77 66 00 (24 hour service, free if call from a landline and won’t show up on the phone bill, provides translation for non-English speakers)
Confidential information and advice for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s drug or solvent misuse.
• Drink Aware - www.drinkaware.co.uk
Support information and advice related to drinking alcohol.
Raising awareness about alcohol, health issues, legislation and drinking.
• Barnardos - www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do
Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through the work of our services, campaigning and research expertise.
• Barnardos - Children of Prisoners - www.barnardos.org.uk/children-of-prisoners
Supporting children affected by the imprisonment of a parent.
• Samaritans - www.samaritans.org
Tel: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hrs 7 days a week)
Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.
• The Mix - www.themix.org.uk
Freephone 0808 808 4994 (7 days a week 1pm-11pm) - Free and confidential helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem.
The online guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds provides non-judgemental advice, support and information on everything from mental health and exam stress to debt, alcohol and drugs.
• Children's Leagal Centre - www.lawstuff.org.uk
Child Law Advice Line 08088 020 008 (freephone)
The Children's Legal Centre is a charity that promotes children's rights and gives legal advice and representation to children and young people.
• B-EAT Youth Helpline - Online community
Youth Helpline:0845 634 7650 (Monday to Friday evenings from 4.30pm to 8.30pm and Saturdays 1.00pm - 4.30pm)
Information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders.
• Men Get Eating Disorders Too - mengetedstoo.co.uk
Support for men with eating disorders.
• Body Gossip - bodygossip.org
Arts and education promoting body positivity.
• Self Esteem & Body Image - Self Esteem Team
Challenging stereotypes and educating young people on self-esteem.
• Colchester & Tendring - Y.E.S - The Youth Enquiry Service - www.yesyouthenquiryservice.org
Y.E.S. provides a confidential, non-judgemental and informal service for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 within Colchester and Tendring, who are facing difficulties in their lives.
• The Childrens Society - childrenssociety.org.uk
Our services in Essex work with children, young people and families supporting them with a range of issues including drugs and alcohol, caring for a family member, domestic violence, crime and antisocial behaviour and parenting support. Our longest running service in Essex, the Essex Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service (EYPDAS) offers services for children, young people and families across the county.
• Self Harm UK - www.selfharm.co.uk
For questions and support.
• Self Harm UK - ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR PARENTS - Free online support course.
A free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.
• Anxiety UK - www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Access to cut price therapists nationwide.
• The Cyber Smile Foundation - www.cybersmile.org
Tackling all forms of online bullying.
• Youth Access - www.youthaccess.org.uk
Signposting service: 0208 772 9900 (Mon – Fri from 9am-1pm & 2-5pm)
A national membership organisation for youth information, advice and counselling agencies. Provides information on youth agencies to children aged 11-25 and their carers but does not provide direct advice.
Visit Youth Access to search their directory of services for help in this area.
• Stonewall - What's in my area?
Use Stonewall’s area database to find local lesbian, gay, and bisexual community groups, other generic services, and gay friendly solicitors.
• OCD UK - www.ocduk.org
Working with children and adults affected by OCD.
• Catch 22 - www.catch-22.org.uk
Working with young people and families in trouble, providing early intervention, targeted and specialist support services to those in crisis, leaving care, missing from home or with substance misuse or mental health problems.