Support: Helpful Websites and Information

In this section you will find useful websites and information about a range of issues for both parents and students.

If you have any further questions please email the appropriate Director of Learning.

Mental Health Support Pyramid

STUDENT: Covid-19 Support

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Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service

See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

See, Hear, Respond, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). See, Hear, Respond will support from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.

See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made, so no child is missed. Help is available in one or more of four ways:

  • an online hub of support and information
  • online counselling and therapy
  • face-to-face support for those most affected and at risk of some of today’s most pertinent issues, such as criminal exploitation, and
  • helping children and young people reintegrate back into school

You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.

STUDENT: Advice and Support

We would always encourage students to speak to a member of staff or a trusted adult if they need guidance or advice. However, we understand that this can be difficult and therefore encourage students to contact one of the external agencies we work with. 

YC Hertfordshire

Specifically aimed at young people in Hertfordshire, YC Hertfordshire gives a wide range of information and advice, including links to options guidance, jobs, training opportunities & work experience.  It is an extensive website with links to many other resources.
 

Kooth

Kooth is a free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people. You can have a "drop-in" chat with a counsellor or therapist or book a one-to-one session.
 

CEOP
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works accross the UK tackling child sec abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children.

Childline

To help get info and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.
 

NSPCC 

The NSPCC offer help, advice and support to parents, professionals and families.
 

Young people in care and leaving care

Love your body, Love yourself, #lovehealth, An NHS Teen Health Website.


Other Useful Links

www.knifecrimes.org ​ – This Home Office approved website offers advice and resources for parents and young people around knife crime and keeping safe. 

https://noknivesbetterlives.com/parents/ - A website where you can find separate sections for young people and parents regarding knife crime. 

www.childrenssociety.org.uk - This website offers advice and resources about county lines and gangs, including case studies and material for parents in different languages. 

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/parents/ - This website offers advice and resources around many topics including anti-social behaviour, cyber bullying, domestic abuse, drugs and legal highs, radicalisation, sexting, abuse within teen relationships and ?

https://www.fearless.org/ - Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. What makes this site different is it provides a safe place to give information to about crime - 100% anonymously.

https://www.justtalkherts.org/just-talk-herts.aspx - Just Talk in Herts offers guidance regarding mental health and wellbeing.

Signpost

Signpost
Signpost is a charitable organisation that provides free counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 and living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives.  Please visit http://signpostcounselling.co.uk/ for further details. 

PARENT: Covid-19 Support

PARENT: Advice and Support

Throughout the year we will host a variety of parent information evenings to share advice with parents that can contribute to their child’s academic and personal development.  Previous topics have included mental health, dealing with exam stress, eSafety and substance abuse. Details of these evenings will be sent via parentmail with booking details available on the homepage. Please click here to view the programme for 2020-2021.


We work closely with Herts County Council to ensure that parents can access independent advice when it is needed the most.  We are therefore pleased to signpost parents to the Families First portal.  www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/familiesfirst 

Families First is Hertfordshire's programme of early help services for families. It is aimed at taking action to support a child, young person or their family, as soon as a problem emerges. This can be at any stage in a child's life from pre-birth to adulthood and applies to any problem or need that the family cannot deal with on their own.
 


We also work with Hertfordshire County Council’s Childhood Support Services have developed a directory that shows all parenting provision in one place so that both parents/carers and professionals can see what parenting support is available in Hertfordshire.

The parenting directory lists all courses that are available to parents/carers in Hertfordshire and cover a range of topics including:

• parenting a child with additional needs

• healthy relationships healthy baby programme

• confident fathers programme

• caring dads

• understanding teens.

 

The parenting directory is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport 


We have very strong links with DSPL9 who support Children, Young People (0-25 years) & Families in Early Years, Schools, Colleges, in the Community and at Home in Watford, Three Rivers, Bushey & Radlett.  DSPL9 provide a service that finds positive solutions to multi-complex needs. 

The Team will consider service requests to support families, children or young people with multi-complex/agency needs that require intensive involvement. DSPL9 use a triage technique to identify services or organisations that will meet the need. In cases where this cannot be accomplished DSPL9 will endeavour to design and apply an appropriate solution.

Service Requests are accepted from Professionals, Parents, Carers and Young People http://dsplarea9.org.uk/triage-team/.  If you prefer to have a conversation you are welcome to call Jan on 07715 415894


Other useful Websites 

Healthy Young Minds in Herts - Information about challenges parents face with teenagers and how to deal with issues as they arrise

https://www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/parents-and-carers/parents-survival-guide/understanding-your-teenager 

My Teen Brain - Advice and support tips for parents of teenagers

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/childcare-and-advice-for-parents/parents-and-family-support/my-teens-brain/my-teen-brain.aspxChild exploitation and online protection command

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Signpost Parent Support

Signpost

Signpost is a charitable organisation that provides support and counselling to children and young people.  Signpost also offers a free service to parents which allows them to discuss any support or advice they require.  Please visit http://signpostcounselling.co.uk/support-parents/ for further details. 

www.knifecrimes.org  – This Home Office approved website offers advice and resources for parents and young people around knife crime and keeping safe. 

https://noknivesbetterlives.com/parents/ - A website where you can find separate sections for young people and parents regarding knife crime. 

www.childrenssociety.org.uk - This website offers advice and resources about county lines and gangs, including case studies and material for parents in different languages. 

https://www.safe4me.co.uk/parents/ - This website offers advice and resources around many topics including anti-social behaviour, cyber bullying, domestic abuse, drugs and legal highs, radicalisation, sexting, abuse within teen relationships and ?

https://www.fearless.org/ - Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. What makes this site different is it provides a safe place to give information to about crime - 100% anonymously.

 

 

PARENT: Workshops & Information Evenings

Please click on the link below to view the list of parent/carer workshops available to you this academic year. 
 
 
Exam and test anxiety and stress - Tuesday 16 March 2021 

19:00-20:00 

It’s normal to feel worried and anxious about exams, but for some the thought of exams can be overwhelming and have a negative impact on mental health. This session will look at:

  • The characteristics of anxiety and stress

  • How to look after mental health during revision and exam times

  • Coping strategies for young people and building motivation

  • Planning a revision programme

  • How parents/carers can support during exam time- The ‘Back up Team’!

  • Signposting support available to parents and young people

To attend this event, please book your place here. This workshop is being held remotely via Google Meet, the link to join can be accessed via the booking website and your booking email will also contain the Google Meet link to join the event. 

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Tuesday 4 May 2021 

19:00-20:00 

This session stands on its own, but also builds on from the session on anxiety and stress. It focuses on how parents can adopt approaches that will support their children/teens to increase their resilience and develop strategies to help themselves and others to maintain positive wellbeing and mental health.

 

The session will pick up on effective ideas and approaches from positive psychology. We will explore responses to problem behaviour, skill-building, and the importance of expressing emotions, gratitude and the truth about finding happiness.

To attend this event, please book your place here. This workshop is being held remotely via Google Meet, the link to join can be accessed via the booking website and your booking email will also contain the Google Meet link to join the event. 

PARENTS & STUDENTS: Wellbeing and Mental Health Support

NHS Support 

A huge list of mental health and wellbeing support for all ages.

Kooth

Kooth is a free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people. You can have a "drop-in" chat with a counsellor or therapist or book a one-to-one session.

Anna Freud Centre

Anna Freud aims to create a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm).

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and kinder world through effective resources and support.

Head Space

Less stressed. More resilient. Happier. It all starts with just a few minutes a day.

Healthy Young Minds

Information about challenges parents face with teenagers and how to deal with issues as they arise.

My Teen Brain

Advice and support tips for parents of teenagers.

The OLLIE Foundation

The OLLIE Foundation works with the NHS, Public Health Herts and Hertfordshire Constabulary to train front line staff as well as Teachers, Youth Workers, parents and older teens across the County. We are very proud to be recognised at one of Hertfordshire’s leading suicide prevention charities.

Men's Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Mind

Mind promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm).

Just Talk

Just Talk in Herts offers guidance regarding mental health and wellbeing.

 

PARENTS & STUDENTS: e-Safety Advice

The school takes eSafety incredibly seriously and has appropriate filters in place to prevent any inappropriate access to the internet via the school system.  We also teach students how to stay safe online through L3 lessons and assemblies. Students can also report any online concerns via their desktops to CEOP and we recommend all parents to familiarise themselves with the websites below.

www.childnet.com  - A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce guidance specifically for parents and teachers: 

www.thinkuknow.co.uk   - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.

http://www.internetmatters.org  This website contains lots of information about staying safe online, with tips about games, social networking, mobile technology and more.

www.kidsmart.org.uk/  - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.

www.bullying.co.uk   One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.

http://www.chatdanger.com/   - This website is about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.

Instagram advice - https://www.ychertfordshire.org/media/705813/Instagram-guidance.pdf

The internet is an exciting and fun place for adults and children to use and explore educationally and socially. The challenge for parents, carers and teachers is to make sure our children are aware and understand how to be safe when using the internet and related technologies.

Some Key Advice for Children and Young People 

  • Be nice online.
  • Keep your personal details private.
  • ThinkB4Upost, send or forward.
  • Do not share your password with others.
  • Don’t arrange to meet up with someone you only know online, and tell a trusted adult if someone asks.
  • Be careful who you webcam with.
  • Know how to keep yourself safe.
  • Don’t open an attachment unless you are 100% sure it is safe.
  • Tell a trusted adult if anything happens online that worries or upsets you.

HERTS GRID FOR LEARNING NEWSLETTERS

 

Online Safety Newsletter Summer 2020

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Advice for popular apps and social media platforms

 

Cyber-flashing - Parent Factsheet

Fortnite - Parent Factsheet

Instagram - Parent Factsheet

Loot Boxes - Parent Factsheet

Snapchat - Parent Factsheet

TikTok - Parent Factsheet

WhatsApp - Parent Factsheet

YouTube - Parent Factsheet

Top Apps Among Children