Safeguarding & Wellbeing

 

Are you worried about someone else? Are you feeling low, anxious or worried about something? If you need some extra support you can contact your tutor, any of your teachers or anyone on the pastoral team. The pastoral team are based in the building in the Piazza. Come and chat with us, any questions, any problems, we’re here to help. Remember, your tutor and teachers are also here for you. If you need some extra support, you can contact your tutor, your Head of Year, or any of your teachers. You can also us the email address below and we will be in contact to offer confidential advice and support.

talk2someone@st-gregorys.org.uk

 

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Team

Director of Pastoral Care
Mrs Shelley Tuke
tukes@st-gregorys.org.uk

Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral
Mr Darren Jaggon
jaggond@st-gregorys.org.uk

Family Support & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Zsuzsanna Jenkins
jenkinsz@st-gregorys.org.uk

Head of Year Sixth Form & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Dr Simon Brooks
brookss@st-gregorys.org.uk

Pastoral Support Officer
Mrs Joanne Lawson
lawsonj@st-gregorys.org.uk

Lay Chaplain
Mr Matthew Robinson
robinsonm@st-gregorys.org.uk

Behaviour Support
Mrs Rita West
westr@st-gregorys.org.uk


Pastoral Support

There may be times when your child is feeling unhappy, anxious or is struggling emotionally. You may have noticed that they seem low or worried, unmotivated or that their behaviour changes – they may seem withdrawn or upset. Some children will be worrying about their health or the health of their loved ones. They might also be wondering how recent school closures and the pandemic will affect their education, their exam results or further education plans.

Here at Saint Gregory’s we believe in a holistic approach to our students’ wellbeing and we take the emotional and mental health of our students very seriously; our pastoral and teaching teams work hard to support our students emotional and mental wellbeing.

We work closely with a number of external agencies including Social Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), The Willow Project, Bath Area Play Project (BAPP) Mentoring Plus, Youth Connect, Project 28 (for drug and substance abuse) and many other, specialist agencies.

In addition to this, Focus Counselling, Off the Record and Bath Youth for Christ offer internal, school-based listening support and counselling to our students.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health you are not alone, many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses. If you are worried about a young person, please let us know, your first point of contacts are your child’s tutor and Head of Year.

If you have any safeguarding concerns or would like to talk in confidence to a member of the pastoral team please email talk2someone@st-gregorys.org.uk and a member of our pastoral or safeguarding team will be in touch.

In addition to contacting us you might find it useful to contact the following services for further advice and support:

SCHOOL NURSE

Our school nurse is Kelli Wilkinson. Kelli is in school every Thursday, there is a lunchtime drop-in session at 13:30-14:10. Students can also get advice via the ChatHealth line 07507334357 or self-refer to Kelli by texting her on 07970811241.

GP

Your GP can check any physical symptoms linked to your child’s health and talk with you about their emotional well-being making a referral to a specialist service if necessary.

OFF THE RECORD

Off the Recordprovide a range of free services including counselling, listening support, youth participation, advocacy and specialist groups, support for care leavers and LGTPQ+ focused youth group. Tel 01225 312481 or text 07753 891 745 (for Listening Service).

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a free NHS service that assesses and treats under-18s with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. For more information and to make a self-referral please visit their website.

YOUTH CONNECT

Youth Connect offer a range of support, including youth work, 1-1 targeted support, careers advice and guidance.

SOUTHSIDE

Southside supports individuals and families living in B&NES to make positive changes to their lives. Southside is there for you whether you are grappling with problems such as domestic abuse, substance abuse, mental health difficulties or problems with finance and debt, housing issues or concerns related to education and employment.

MENTORING PLUS

Mentoring Plus supports young people in B&NES who are facing challenges.

SAPLING CBT

Sapling CBT is a private specialist child and adolescent Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Provider. Reduced fees and funding may be available through St John’s Foundation, which provides funding support to individuals and families in B&NES who are struggling financially.


Online Support

There may be times when you or your child is needs to seek support but may feel that they wish to speak to someone outside of school. The links below are provided to signpost you to a range of providers who can offer guidance, advice and additional resources.

MENTAL HEALTH

CAMHS Online Resources is a website for young people, carers and professional that pools together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and wellbeing. They also have a collection of websites for different needs and issues.

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They can help you take on any challenge you’re facing, from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. They offer online and social media support or a free, confidential helpline.

Boys in Mind provides resources aimed at helping reduce the stigma around male mental health issues.

Young Minds leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental heath of children and young people.

Childline counselling service for children and young people provided by NSPCC. Tel: 0800 1111

Anna Freud Centre a children’s charity dedicated to providing training and support for mental health services, excellent resources.

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

Charlie Waller Trust offer an amazing pool of resources and training for parents whose children struggle with mental health issues – from eating disorder to depression, self harm and anxiety – look out for their free webinars, well worth signing up for!

Talking Teenagers is a podcast series comprising interviews with experts designed to help parents and pastoral leaders with some of the key issues of raising teenagers in today’s world. They are brought to you in association with I Can & I Am.

Therapy Comics mental health resources using comics instead of text.

OCD Actionis a national charity that provides support and information to anyone affected by OCD.

Happy Maps lots of information about health topics.

Calmzone a toolbox of calming activities from Childline.


EATING DISORDERS

Beatwebsite dedicated to eating disorders.

Guide to UK FREE Eating Disorders Helplines


ANXIETY

Rise Above has helpful information about gaining confidence, managing anxiety and general advice from the people who’ve been there themselves.

Brave Online Online CBT for young people experiencing anxiety.

Anxiety UK offer advice and support for those suffering from anxiety and panic.


SUBSTANCE MISUSE

Project 28 is the young people’s drug and alcohol service in B&NES. It provides advice, guidance and one-to-one sessions for young people who are having problems with drugs and/or alcohol.

FRANK offers free confidential support and advice about drugs for young people.

Re-Solv is a charity working to end solvent abuse. They offer telephone, text email and online support.


SUICIDE and SELF HARM PREVENTION

Samaritans a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or struggling to cope. 24/7 helpline available. Tel 116 123

Harmless provides a range of services about self harm and suicide prevention including support, information and training to people who self harm, their friends and families.

National Self Harm Network offers support forums in a safe environment that can help people understand and manage self-harm.

Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

No Harm Done is a project run by Young Minds aimed at young people who self harm or are at risk of self harming, their parents and the professionals working with them.


BEREAVEMENT

Winston’s Wishes support children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.

Cruse bereavement support via phone call, chat services.

HopeAgain is the youth website of Cruse, where you can learn from other young people how to cope with grief and feel less alone.

Good Griefbereavement support, practical and emotional support.