The World Health Organization describes mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Whilst we continue to pray for our Christ’s College community and the world, we also wish to support our families by signposting to a few of the many pastoral support, advice, guidance and professional services that are operating to support children and young people in the area of mental health at this time.
Christ’s College Mental Health & Wellbeing Provision
At Christ’s College, we deliver three levels of support:
1. Universal Support
The health and wellbeing of all students is considered. Staff take in to account the learning needs of all children in the classroom. This includes the provision of differentiated learning with access to SEN Passports, and the creation of an effective and inclusive learning environment.
All students are given the opportunity to learn about the importance of mental health and wellbeing via the PSHE curriculum, assemblies delivered by external mental health organisations, and via participation in mental health workshops.
All students have access to additional support from form tutors, the pastoral team and class teachers.
2. Targeted Support
Targeted support ensures that specific and additional interventions, are provided for some students. This support/intervention is targeted at students whereby universal support is not sufficient, and students are not making expected progress. Some students needs may also be supported through the involvement of external agencies, some students may be on the SEND Register and some may be at SEN Support level.
In school with parental consent, staff are given the opportunity to refer students to Impact North East Counselling, and an Emotional Resilience Nurse. Staff are also given the opportunity to contact the school SENCO regarding referrals to CAMHS, CYPS and an Educational Psychologist.
3. Personalised Support
Personalised support ensures targeted provision which is needed for a few students, where it is necessary to provide highly tailored intervention, to ensure the highest quality of support, in order for students to achieve their potential.
Personalised support may include one-to-one or specialist interventions, for example via personalised support from the school Vulnerable Pupil Teacher, following a Foundations Programme.
Additional personalised support is provided by the pastoral team via student support plans, for example with regard to bereavement and behaviour support.
Students on the SEN Register or with an EHCP for example, may receive additional external support from Autism Outreach, CAMHS or CYPS.
The school works closely with Together for Children, to ensure personalised support for Looked After Children with Sunderland Virtual Schools, and by supporting students and families supported by Early Help, Children in Need and students subject to Child Protection Plans.
(For all students)
(For some students)
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|Mr Ian Tully
Vice Principal (Pastoral)
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
|Miss Victoria Najafi
|DDSL/ Senior Mental Health Lead/ Pastoral Manager (Safeguarding & Welfare)
|Miss Susannah Orr
|Assistant Vice Principal (SENDCo)
|Miss Laura Purvis
|Pastoral Manager (Behaviour)
|Miss Megan Gaughan
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