My role within school 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 school for students to reflect on situations, explore thoughts and emotions is an invaluable resource. You can contact me via the school or direct on my email address: jocushion@broadlandhigh.org
Who can refer?
Students.
Parent/carers.
Student centre.
Form tutors/heads of year.
Staff.
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 for another half term or we can discuss a referral to an outside agency. This is always discussed with the student, school, parents or carers.
It is a statutory duty to safeguard children and young people. Our work together is confidential if the student wishes, but confidentiality is breached if a student is of risk of harm either to themselves, from others or to others. Safeguarding procedure is explained to every student at the beginning of a six week session.
Access to the school nurse. Referrals can be made if the student wishes and this can be supported.
Eclectic approach. Working together with the student, looking at different resources or styles and see what suits the student needs best.
Work with the student centre, form tutors, heads of year, SENCO, safeguarding lead and parents to try and resolve, support situations either in school or at home.
What are some of the issues, situations young people manage today?
Mental health issues.
Abuse – physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.
Domestic violence.
Divorce/separation.
Family situations.
Bereavement.
Peer pressure, friendship, relationships.
Cyber trauma (social media sites).
Where else do I support?
Group work with students.
Supported transition from Primary Schools into Year 7.
Attend regular safeguarding meetings.
Leading or taking part in Family Support Plans (FSP).
Supporting parents and carers where necessary.
Working with Social Services to support students and families.
Collaborative working with school nurse and other multi-agencies.
Pastoral support advice within our cluster of schools.
Inclusion and well-being mentor at one of our cluster Primary schools.
Useful Websites:
www.nsft.nhs.uk
www.youthhealthtalk.org
www.norfolk.gov.uk/CAMHS
www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk
www.kidshealth.org
www.youngminds.org.uk
www.whatsthedealwith.co.uk