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School Early Help Offer

The resources below offer support to families. 

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Safeguarding Team 

Miss Bellin is our Safeguarding Lead and she is supported by Mr Beard, Mr Green, Mrs Mason and Miss Jolleys. Miss Jolleys is also our SENCO.   
Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Alison Whittaker. 

Pastoral Staff 
Each Key stage is supported by a Head of Key stage and also Pastoral Leads. 
In the Sixth Form there are also two Heads of Year. 
  
KS3 - Mrs Mason and Mrs Hopps 
KS4 - Mr Green and Mr Drulia 
KS5 - Ms Dobson, Miss Allen, Ms Whitehouse and Ms Kirkman   
Mrs Roberts is our Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing.   

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Lancaster Girls' Grammar School Health and Wellbeing Guidance - March 2021 

Cost of Living Support

Early Help Offer at LGGS

Emotional Support 
We have two trained counsellors working in school that can provide students with a short course of therapy.  Sessions usually run for six weeks. 
We also work in partnership with ACE and have a visiting counsellor that attends once every week. 
We also run a compassion group. 

Health Support 
We are visited by our School Nurse once a month. 
Gemma attends on Monday lunchtimes.     

Support for Domestic Conflict 
We work in partnership with NEST Youth Victim Support.  Students can join our group sessions which are run for six weeks by our in school worker Rowan.  There is also a lunchtime drop in on a Wednesday. 

Support with keeping safe online 
Keeping Children Safe Online 

Did you know...? 

  • 1 in 3 young people have seen something worrying or nasty online (used to be 1 in 4)  
  • 1 in 3 children have been a victim of cyberbullying  
  • Almost 1 in 4 children have come across racist or hate messages online  
  • In 2020-21 there were over 2,500 Childline counselling sessions about online bullying 
    (According to a survey by the NSPCC in 2020-21) 

One of the most common jobs that we come across on the neighbourhood policing team involving young people are linked to internet safety. In most of those instances, parents are unaware of what their children are doing online or how to check safety settings.  
I always insist that privacy and safety settings are on the maximum which can be provided - this can be done on all social media accounts. Some of the measures available are: 

  • Putting TikTok, Instagram or Twitter accounts on private. 
  • Making profiles completely unsearchable on websites such as Google, Yahoo or Bing. 
  • Changing settings so only friends of friends can send friendship requests to your child. 
  • A setting to allow only friends of the profile can send messages or view content. 
  • Look through your child's friend or follower list and make sure that everyone is someone you, and they, know. 

Radicalisation of children is becoming increasingly prevalent through these websites, and profiles without these settings on are targets for groomers. 
I have attached a brilliant booklet (below) from Sandwell Prevent which goes into a lot more detail.  
If you have any concerns about your child's online behaviour, the people they are talking to, or need some more advice - please get in touch!  
​Download booklet here.

Early Help Offer Information


Supporting Families Employment Advisor 
Employment Advisor - local contact information

Local Early Help Offer
Local Food Bank
​Olive Branch

Morecambe Bay Food Bank

Support for Vulnerable members of the community

Local Groups

Triple P Parenting Course
Triple P Parenting courses available for parents – in person in various centres in Lancaster and Morecambe and some on Zoom too; both Teen and Primary age available.

For more information or to book a place on Triple P contact: Lesley.rothwell@lancashire.gov.uk  01524 586583
or Nichola.burrow@lancashire.gov.uk 01772 538771.Triple P Courses and contact details

Children and Family Wellbeing Service
Youth Programme

MONDAY
EASY Youth Group for those with SEND (12-19yrs) 6.15pm - 8.30pm
A group for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Activities include cooking, games and physical activities in a safe supportive environment.
Taking place at Morecambe Library: Contact Claire Armer 07717815062

WEDNESDAY
Locality Youth Council (12 to 19yrs or up to 25 with SEND) 6.15pm - 8.30pm
A group for young people who would like to be involved in making a difference in their local community, whilst engaging in fun and enjoyable sessions. Supporting north participation, discussing local projects and issues. Taking place at Morecambe Library.
Contact: Chris McQueen on 07496715912

Youth Impact Group (12 to 19yrs or up to 25 with SEND) 3.30pm - 5.45pm
This is a small group for young people with issues such as social anxiety. This is a nurturing group to help build self-confidence and communication skills in social situations. Held at Morecambe Library. Contact: Claire Armer 07717815062

THURSDAY
Detached Session (12 to 19yrs or up to 25 with SEND) 6.15pm - 8.30pm
Fun and interactive activities and discussions with young people out in the communities where they live, young people will lead the focus of the work. Held in the Morecambe area.
Contact: Charlie Bluglass 07977273886

Detached Session (12 to 19yrs or up to 25 with SEND) 6.15pm - 8.30pm
Fun and interactive activities and discussions with young people out in the communities where they live, young people will lead the focus of the work. Held in the Lancaster area. Contact: Chris McQueen on 07496715912

FRIDAY
Open Youth Club (12 to 19yrs or up to 25 with SEND) 6.15pm - 8.30pm
This group is open to any young person in the local area. Safe space for young people to hang out with friends and opportunities to participate in a variety of activities. Held at Morecambe Library.
Contact: Chris McQueen on 07496715912

PYRO (LGBTQ+) (13-17yrs)
Fun, informative sessions, exploring key topics and issues affecting young people who identify as LGBTQ+. Providing an opportunity to meet other young people, make friends, socialise, and support each other. For more information regarding date/time/venue.
Contact: Nicole Cobb 07887631335

Anxiety

Young Minds - What is anxiety?

Young Minds: The symptoms of anxiety? What to do about anxiety? Treating anxiety

AnxietyBC

AnxietyBC: Talking to your child or teen about anxiety

Cancer Care - Bereavement Counselling for Children and Young People

Cancer Care - Bereavement Counselling for Children

Free telephone sessions with a fully qualified counsellor for young people experiencing bereavement.

Drugs and Alcohol Support

Parents may find the following websites useful in finding out more information about Drugs and Alcohol support.

Lancashire Young Addaction
Addaction is one of the UK’s largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment charities and provides services tailored to the needs of young people and their parents.
The Skills for Life project supports young people with drug misusing parents. Freephone: 0808 164 0074 

ADFAM
ADFAM offers information to families of drug and alcohol users, and the website has a database of local family support services.
Telephone: 020 7553 7640  Email: admin@adfam.org.uk

Alcohol Concern
Alcohol Concern works to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to increase the range and quality of services available to people with alcohol-related problems.
Telephone: 020 7264 0510 Email: contact@alcoholconcern.org.uk

ASH
ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) A campaigning public health charity aiming to reduce the health problems caused by tobacco.
Telephone: 020 7739 5902 Email: enquiries@ash.org.uk 

Drinkaware
Drinkaware Independent charity that promotes responsible drinking through innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture.
Telephone: 020 7307 7450 


Drinkline 
A free and confidential helpline for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking.
Telephone: 0800 917 8282 (lines are open 24 hours a day)

Drug Education ForumDrug Education Forum This website contains a number of useful papers and briefing sheets for use by practitioners.

DrugScopeDrugscope Centre of expertise on illegal drugs, aiming to inform policy development and reduce drug-related risk. Includes detailed drug information and access to the Information and Library Service. DrugScope also hosts the Drug Education Practitioners Forum.
Telephone: 020 7520 7550 Email: info@drugscope.org.uk 

FRANKFRANK National drugs awareness campaign aiming to raise awareness amongst young people of the risks of illegal drugs, and to provide information and advice. Provides support to parents/carers, helping to give them the skills and confidence to communicate with their children about drugs.

Telephone (24 Hour Helpline): 0800 776600  Email: frank@talktofrank.com 

Re-SolvRe-Solv (Society for the Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse) A national charity providing information for teachers, other professionals, parents and young people.
Telehone: 01785817885  Information-line: 01785810762  Email: information@re-solv.org 

SmokefreeSmokefree NHS Smoking Helpline: 0800 169 0 169

Eating Disorders

Beat Eating Disorders

Beat Eating Disorders - how to get help

Beat Eating Disorders - Guide for Parents

Beat Eating Disorders Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677
(Open 365 days 3.00pm - 11.00pm)

Beat Eating Disorders - Someone I Care For

Lancashire Help With Eating Disorders

Young Minds


Young Minds Find out what you can do if you are affected or for parents / carers who are concerned about someone they care for. 

NHS Choices - Eating Disorders

 

Mental Health and Well-being, Resilience

LGGS Health and Wellbeing Guidance

Most young people will experience emotional ups and downs at some point whilst they are at secondary school. There are many factors that impact on mental wellbeing. Please read our LGGS Health and Wellbeing Guidance which offers lots of useful advice on this subject.
 

Young Minds for Parents


 

Young Minds: Parents' Free Helpline: 0808 802 5544 
(Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm) 

Young Minds- please see sections on: 
Parental survival guide Parents’ Lounge
Parents’ guide to support A-Z Parents’ Helpline

MindEd for Families

 

Mobile Phone - Behaviour Policy

Policy concerning the use of mobile phones in school.

Mobile Phone - Behaviour Policy

Perfectionism

Safe at Home

Self Esteem

Relate

Child Development Institute

Child Development Institute: How to help children and teens develop healthy self-esteem

NHS Choices

NHS Choices: Raising Low Self-Esteem

Self Esteem 

Self-Harm

Sleep

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