OFSTED 2022 "PSED is an absolute strength of the school. The dedicated family liaison officer has created a school hub to support 25 families. This includes mental health training for parents and pupils, support with attendance and family check-ins. "

Pastoral Care at Hill View   

Hi my name is Luisa Gibson and I am Hill View Infant  Academy’s appointed Pastoral Lead and Family Liaison Officer. 

My role is to provide  support to  parents/carers with any issues that you may have supporting your child either in school or at home.  

I work to promote parental involvement in school, can signpost to agencies out of school and support children in school. I can provide information and advice to parents and investigate any concerns raised.

I work with you, the teachers and senior  leadership team to help support your child to learn and enjoy their school days. Should you have any queries or concerns I am here to support you, I aim to provide a caring manor and an understanding listening ear.

I am available to contact via the school office and will aim to be on the school yard at collection times throughout the week.

To speak with me about anything at all please contact the school office or via email at  shvlgibson@hvi.org.uk

 

If you feel you would like to discuss your child's wellbeing with a member of staff, we are always here to listen to and support your concerns and questions.  Please speak to us if you need help.

 

What is pastoral care?

The physical and mental wellbeing of your children is of great importance. Children should always feel safe, respected, and valued, and should be able to receive help when required- both at home and at school.

Hill View Infant Academy we have ‘Outstanding’ personal, social and emotional development. We feel that pastoral and personal development is fundamental to the development of your child, and by having a whole school approach and high standards this allows your child to achieve in other areas of the curriculum.

As noted by OFSTED (2022) : 

"PSED is an absolute strength of the school. The dedicated family liaison officer has created a school hub to support 25 families. This includes mental health training for parents and pupils, support with attendance and family check-ins. The school looks to innovate practice in this area. Staff from the NHS mental health support team work alongside school staff. This speeds up access to therapeutic support for pupils with emotional needs. Skilled staff run play therapy to support pupils with adverse childhood experiences."   

 

 

To find out more follow these links:       

Our restorative approach

Emotional Health and Well being

Mental Health in Schools Team

 

 

There are many online websites which offer free vital support and advice for parents regarding their children's emotional wellbeing and mental health. We recommend the websites below. Click the logos to access the websites.

 

Useful websites

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·  Wellbeing Info: Home                                  YoungMinds partnership announced               

An Update on Washington Mind's Services - Washington Mind                  Improving children's and young people's mental health – Place2Be

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust - CAMHS aims to support  professionals working with children and young people who may be affected by  difficulties with their mental health. As well as                            

The NSPCC’s Underwear Rule is discussed when needed in our PSHCE lessons. During these discussions we will aim to teach the children pupils the following important safety skills without giving explicit information or telling scary stories. We will be teaching our pupils the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule, using the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which is like a green cross code for staying safe from sexual abuse. (We will not use this term with the children).

 

PANTS stands for:

• Privates are private

• Always remember your body belongs to you

• No means no

• Talk about secrets that upset you

• Speak up, someone can help

 

The lessons introduce a range of activites, all delivered in a way that’s fully age-appropriate.

These include:

 

• “appropriate” and “inappropriate” touching

• your child’s right to say no to things that make them feel upset or uncomfortable

• who your child can turn to if they ever feel upset or worried.

If you would like to know more about the NSPCC’s campaign and see how you can help keep your children safe in partnership with our school, more information including a video can be found at nspcc.org.uk/underwearrule or simply click the NSPCC Pants icon above. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

Hello Yellow Mental Health Awareness Day 

To view a selection of books that are particularly useful as a resource to discuss emotional well being with your children click here.

Books for emotional wellbeing

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