Information, Advice & Guidance
Children’s Mental Health
If you are concerned about the mental health of your child please contact your GP and school. Broadoak School has a dedicated pastoral team and Mental Health Lead to offer our students support when they need it most.
It is important that children are encouraged and supported to look after their mental health every day. This guide offers suggestions for how you can help your child do this. The guide also offers advice for what you can do when things get tough and if you’re worried about your child’s mental health.
To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week, Kooth has launched our latest social media campaign: Don’t Do It Alone.
This campaign aims to reduce the stigma around accessing mental health support, as social media stars Chunkz, Amelia Dimz, Riyadh Khalaf, Jax Jones, and Joy Crookes talk about the things they do alone, and how dealing with mental health is not one of them.
Click here to watch the video
Download the Parents/Carers guide to mental health below
What is it?
E-safety is about the protection of children whilst they are using the internet and digital technologies. This includes: risk-taking and inappropriate behaviour by children and young people; risks and inappropriate behaviour by others to children and young people; illegal activity.
Download fact sheets here
Cyberbullying is the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT), particularly mobile phones and the Internet to deliberately upset someone else.
1. Tell someone, report it to an adult or email Safeguarding@broadoak.trafford.sch.uk
2. Save evidence and take screenshots.
3. Block the bully (on IM, social networking sites, etc.).
4. Don’t reply or retaliate to things they say or do.
5. Contact your mobile service provider (if bothered by txts, etc).
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
For more information on internet safety please visit the CEOP website.
We would like to remind you about an online service that is supporting the mental health and resilience of all children during this difficult time. Kooth is a confidential web based support service that offers a safe and secure mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. For more information and contact details please see the links below.
Click here to see information and support available for LGBT+ students.
Altrincham Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Center
Since the start of lockdown we had to temporarily pause taking on new clients for our award winning debt help service. The service we offer is a free, face to face to service in client’s homes, and so CAP have now worked through adapting their service model so that we can continue to offer support but remotely during this time. Clients we were already working with have continued to receive the same high quality service and even over the last 2 months we have seen a further 2 people go debt free!
At this time of national crisis, many are facing financial uncertainty and this is likely to plunge many families into unmanageable debt. If you know of families/individuals you are working with who are struggling with debt at this time, please contact CAP helpline number 0800 328 0006 (freephone). We can continue to work with families who live in the WA14, WA15 and M31 postcodes.
Trafford Community Response Hubs
Please click here to see Trafford’s response to the crisis. There are 6 hubs across the borough supporting the most vulnerable through food shopping, provision of foodbank parcels, delivery to the door service, prescription collection and wellbeing phone calls. Do encourage families you work with who are struggling in lockdown to seek support through this service that is being run by Trafford Council in partnership with many organisations. The number to call is 0300 330 9073.
Trafford Sunrise – Childrens Emotional Wellbeing and Support for Parents
Please click here to read about the online parent workshops being provided by Trafford Sunrise – Childrens Emotional Wellbeing and Support for parents.
Click the links below to see the dates for November and December’s parent workshops
Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020
Click here for more information on Mental Health Week 2020
Click the link below to read about top tips for supporting children at home
Click the link below to read a very useful document that offers some strategies on dealing with current anxieties and also highlights more specific websites and resources that can be utilised by parents to support their children.
Please see the link below to read about the services Trafford Councils Youth Engagement Service are still providing during the lock down
On My Mind
To support our mental health and well being in this worrying time we have been advised to share helpful resources with our pupils/families. The site On My Mind, www.onmymind.info has been highlighted as a useful resource with advice and practical tips to help take care of your mental health and well being, including information on how to access further support if needed.