Looking after children’s well-being
Although we would all like our children to sail through their school years without a care in the world, growing up isn’t always easy! It may be friendship issues, family splits, illness in the family, death of a pet – all sorts of things can upset a child’s equilibrium.
At Dussindale, we have lots of ways to support children who are having a tricky time:
- Each child in Key Stage 2 has a “book of worries” - a little notebook that they can write in if they want to share worries with their teacher, but find it hard to talk. These are private, between the child and the teacher. Younger children have opportunities to express their feelings verbally.
- Several of our staff members have received special training in supporting children through talk and play, and this can be provided at the instigation of the child, parents or the teacher. It’s often really helpful for children to have someone different to talk to about their problems or worries, and they can soon feel much better.
- We have a Peer Mediation group of older children – “The Go-Between Team” – who have been trained to support children in sorting out their own difficulties, with the support of a member of staff. This is especially useful for children who are having friendship difficulties.
- The cluster has a Partnership Pupil Counsellor, who is fully trained and can provide a higher level of support for children whose worries run deeper. The school can make a referral with the agreement of parents.
For parental support we have a Family Support Worker who can offer a listening ear, advice and signposting.