Social and Emotional Support
My name is Kelly Jones and I am the Safeguarding and Child Protection Coordinator here at Norton. I am also the Mental Health Lead.
Embedded in our Christian value of compassion, we are very privileged at Norton Fitzwarren School, to have a therapy room available 5 days a week and our role within the school is to support all children with their social and emotional mental health and wellbeing. This can look different for all children and can vary from 1:1 sessions to group or family sessions. We are also available to support parents and families, whose children are struggling.
How to access support
Please open the flow chart below to look at how to access Mental Health and Wellbeing support for your child.
Mental Health and Well Being Policy 2021
12 Top Tips to support Mental Wellbeing through Nature
Talking to your Child about Mental Health
What is it?
The Thrive Approach prepares children and young people for life's emotional ups and downs. Based on neuroscience and attachment research, it is a rigorous, targeted and measured approach. It is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It also provides a firm foundation for academic attainment.
You can find out more about Thrive by following the links below:
A Parent's Guide to Thrive
How will a child be referred?
Children may be identified by a member of staff or through a class screen (these are completed termly). You can also speak to your child's class teacher if you think your child may benefit from Thrive. Together you may decide to complete a referral form which will then get passed on to the SENDCo (Emma Morris), for consideration. Children, themselves, can also ask for support by posting a note in the post box next to the Thrive room or by contacting the Wellbeing Champions in Sycamore, Willow and Maple Class. If we feel your child would benefit from Thrive, we will ask you to sign a consent form.
Some useful websites:
Home - Somerset Big Tent - Empowering children and young people to find the right wellbeing support at the right time - in your local area
https://www.minded.org.uk/ a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
https://www.annafreud.org/ - advice for young people, parents and schools
https://www.annafreud.org/onmymind/ - support for young people written by young people
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk Quality assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.
https://youngminds.org.uk/ Website dedicated to Children and Young People's mental health
https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ Confidential advice and support for those suffering with anxiety.
https://childbereavementuk.org/ Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus/ - advice for young people, parents and schools
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/ - Has a Covid-19 Toolkit for Schools
https://mhfaengland.org/ - guide to working from home, information how to help young people