MENTAL HEALTH – A PARENT’S ROLE
· Anger Management
· Attachment issues
· Behaviour Issues
· Gender identity disorders
· Relationship issues
· Self Harm
‘NORMAL ADJUSTMENT REACTIONS’
Sometimes, the way a child reacts to certain situations is a normal response to life events. E.g., it is normal to feel sad or angry as a result of bereavement or parental separation or to be fearful after a traumatic event.
WHAT CAN WE DO AT ST BON’S?
- Protect: Make sure every child feels safe in school.
- Understand: Every child experiences things differently – we need to understand individuals and what makes them feel the way they do.
- Help promote resilience: A child who feels safe, secure and does not fear failure will be confident in themselves and this will help them to deal with adversity.
- Communicate: Speak with parents if we have concerns about their child and agree an action plan to support him/her.
- Support parents: If the parents feel supported, the child will feel supported. Signpost to www.1bigdatabase.org.uk for support from local outside agencies.
WHEN A CHILD NEEDS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
If a child’s problems become severe, complex and enduring and are affecting the child both at school and at home, it may be appropriate to make a referral to CAMHS (Bristol Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD NEEDS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT:
- Speak with your child’s classteacher, Lucille Charles (Headteacher) and/or Liz Kurzik (SENCo) so they can review your concerns and see how it fit with the CAMHS criteria.
- We can seek advice from our contact at CAMHS and inform you how to proceed. Referrals to CAMHS are usually done through the School Nurse or your GP and can only be made with your consent. In addition, we will be required to provide evidence to support the referral, detailing what we have done in school to support your child.
- If a referral can’t be made, we can still put actions into place to help your child. It may be that those actions will help build a case to enable a referral at a later date.
WHO CAN REFER: GPs, Paediatricians, School Nurses, Social Workers