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Sixth Form Pastoral Support

Sixth Form Pastoral Support

The Sixth Form Team are very dedicated to their support of all students in the Sixth Form.

Whether it is academic mentoring, PSHE sessions or emotional wellbeing support, our team will aim to provide individual and group care for all students.

In this section of the website you can find links to organisations, self care articles, guides to accessing support at the school, online safety advice and a who's who within the school.

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Links

Pastoral Links

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Anyone can hit crisis point. We run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. We support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).​

Mid-Kent Mind

Mid-Kent Mind offer virtual sessions to young people that are looking for extra support for their mental and emotional wellbeing. See below for the different courses and head to https://www.maidstonemind.org/free-mindfulness-sessions-young-people/ to register.

The Early Help Programme

Mind the Knife

Virtual Mindfulness & Me 

Digital Managing Me CBC Courses

Virtual Bounce Back

Virtual Taming my Temper

Work & Wellbeing

Digital 1-to-1 Youth Recovery Action Plans

Digital Youth Wellbeing Cafe

 

Young Minds

https://youngminds.org.uk/

"We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what."

Young Minds has a variety of resources available to help you look after your mental health and emotional wellbeing; from urgent help, to information about conditions and supporting resources for parents.

Young Minds Crisis Messenger

Text: YM to 85258

Opening times: 24/7

Mental Health Matters

Call 0800 107 0160 for 24 hour phone support from compassionate helpline staff, trained in counselling skills.

This service is provided by Mental Health Matters and you can visit their website for more information.

Visit https://www.mhm.org.uk/

Shout - Release the Pressure – 24 hour mental health crisis support

Text "Kent" to 85258 for 24 hour mental health crisis support via text from trained volunteers.

This service is provided by SHOUT and you can visit their website here https://www.giveusashout.org/

Kooth

1 in 5 children and young people suffer from mental health illness in any given year. At Kooth, we believe every young person has the right to thrive and to access high quality mental health care.

Kooth.com is commissioned by the NHS, Local Authorities, charities and businesses to provide anonymous and personalised mental health support for Children and Young People. With over 4000 logins per day, we provide end to end support whatever the need.

Kooth is available in Kent to young people aged 10-25 which means that students in the Sixth Form can continue accessing support once they have left for Higher Education or the workplace.

www.kooth.com

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Oasis Domestic Abuse Service

http://www.oasisdaservice.org/

During the outbreak of COVID-19, part of keeping people safe is to make sure we continue to deliver our services without putting anyone at greater risk.

This means we are suspending face-to-face services.

Our One Stop Shop will be run over the phone until further notice.

For advice and support please call: 078 5685 6278
We are extending the time staff will be available to:

Monday – 11am -12pm
Tuesday – 9.30am -12pm
Wednesday – 10am -12pm
Thursday – 11am-12pm

Thank you for your co-operation whilst we do our best to support you at this time.

Services I Can Use

You can ring 07718657160 to talk to the RAISE team who provide adult services or call the Early Intervention team who provide services for young people on 07718657157. These are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

IASK - Information, Advice and Support Kent

https://www.iask.org.uk/

We offer

Information, advice and support to children, young people and parents/carers about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This includes health and social care where it is linked to education.

We are

A free, confidential and impartial service based in Kent. Staff and volunteers are independently trained in SEND.

We have

A Steering Group which includes parents, young people, representatives from local voluntary groups, children's services, parent/carer forum, education and social care. Together we plan the services we offer across Kent.

The Mix

https://www.themix.org.uk/

Offers support to anyone under 25 about anything that’s troubling them.

Email support available via their online contact form.

Free 1-2-1 webchat service available.

Free short-term counselling service available.

Phone: 0808 808 4994

Opening times: 4pm - 11pm, seven days a week

BEAT

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity

The BEAT website has a wealth of information and support for any young person that is dealing with an eating disorder but can also support those who are trying to help someone.

They have a chat room where you can engage with others to find support, advice and guidance - click here.

The Sixth Form Office

The Sixth Form Office is one of the first ports of call for any student that would like any kind of support. The staff here are well trained to assist students and support them. 

Mr Larter - Assistant Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Dickson - Head of Sixth Form and UCAS

Miss Slane - UCAS, Careers and Pastoral Support

Mr Cowlam - Student Mentoring and Pastoral Support

School Counselling

The school is able to offer students counselling sessions and intervention based support. These sessions are an hour long and can be up to one session per week. They are internally referred via the school's safeguarding team and are offered on a case-by-case bais.

Tips and Advice

Things you can do to support you Emotional Wellbeing;

  • Talk to someone. The best thing we can do to support our own emotions is to discuss it with somebody we trust. This can be a family member, friend, school staff, trusted adult or a professional.
  • Log our feelings. It can be very therapeutic to write down our feelings. It helps to process these emotions and can "take them out of our mind".
  • Figure out the best coping mechanisms. We don't always know what works best for us when it comes to our own emotions but trying new things is important. It may be music, exercise, art, talking, meditation or breathing techniques.
  • Look for a balance in life. Making sure that you have a mix of all the important things in life such as work, study, exercise, socialising and rest can have a huge impact.
  • Don't bottle up your feelings. Let them out as often as you can.
  • Try to appreciate that there are somethings you can control and some you can't....as much as we would like to!

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Online Safety

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School is committed to ensuring that young people feel safe during their online experiences. We aim to provide young people with the right support and guidance. More information can be found in the dedicated page for Online Safety.

Suggested Links

Anti-Bullying Alliance - for guidance on bullying and cyber-bullying

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) - CEOP are part of the National Crime Agency and deal with online criminal behaviour. Reports can be directly using the link.

Childline - Free confidential advice and support for young people.

CrimeStoppers - an independent charity where young people or parents can report inappropriate online behaviour anonymously. Tel: 0800 555 111.

The Mix - help and support for anyone under the age of 25. Tel: 0808 808 4994. The website provides an online reporting function and anti-bullying guidance.

NetAware - Created by NSPCC and O2 to keep young people safe online.

NSPCC - Adults concerned about a child should call tel: 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk. Help for children and young people is available on tel: 0800 1111 or help@nspcc.org.uk.

Ofcom - a website where you can log an complaints regarding online concerns.

Parentinfo - Help and advice for families in the digital world.

UK Safer Internet Centre

Thinkuknow - This site covers a range of online safety tips for young people, parents and guardians.

Zipit - A Childline supported app to help young people navigate intimate chats and 'get flirty chat back on track'.

Kent Community Healthcare Service

https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health/counselling-and-emotional-health/

"From time to time we all struggle with our emotional health and wellbeing.  For some children and young people it can be difficult to manage and understand their feelings.  Young people might experience a wide variety of difficulties including low mood, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating or might be avoiding school.

Call the Single Point of Access number on 0800 0113 474 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and choose option one.

If a child or young person needs urgent help please call 0800 0113 474 or text the word KENT to 85258.

The school health team may support you....directly or refer you to another provider if appropriate. Our team works closely with the Kent children and young people’s mental health service."

Chat Health

"Chat Health is a text service for 11-19 years. Young people can text with a member of our team about any physical or emotional health concerns they have. This service is available Monday to Friday, 9am on 07520 618850."

Children and young people's counselling service

"We can offer up to six counselling sessions for young people aged 11-19. These sessions can help a young person gain understanding and develop strategies to help them feel better. For primary school aged children, we can offer the child six sessions with a counsellor, or if more appropriate, we can offer parents six weekly sessions with advice on practical, easy to use strategies to support your child. We have also extended our service to include bereavement counselling for those aged 4-19 who have been bereaved as a result of the Coronavirus.

These sessions can be offered via video link, phone or in person.  If you wish to access this support or find out more please complete our online referral form (use link at top of page) or call 0800 0113 474."

Parent Advice

Please see below for some tips and advice;

Young Minds

Guide to social media and the internet - https://youngminds.org.uk/media/4462/social-media-a-guide-for-parents.pdf

Advice on Gaming and how it affects Mental Health, both positively and negatively - link

Parents Helpline - three different services to parents and carers who are concerned about their child’s mental health, up to the age of 25 - link.

Young Minds have also produced a document to support parent's that have a child who is dealing with anxiety - click here.