Pastoral Support: Mental Health & Wellbeing

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.


Universal Support
(For all students)
Targeted Support
(For some students)
Personalised Support
(For a few students)
  • Mental Health Assemblies
  • Mental Health Workshops
  • Student Voice & Leadership Opportunities
  • Weekly Core Virtues Student Awards
  • Celebration Assemblies
  • Praise Points & Hot Chocolate Breaks
  • Clearly identified school Core Values
  • CPOMS logs & identified actions
  • PSHE Programme
  • Open door policy – parental coffee mornings & meet your form tutor evenings
  • Poor/late attendance monitored
  • Safeguarding policy followed by all staff
  • Risk management/action plans
  • Structured school and class routines
  • Up-to-date safeguarding training for all staff
  • Whole school behaviour policy
  • Attendance at lunch time early support intervention groups for social skills, anxiety and worry and resilience.
  • 1:1 support and check-ins with key staff members
  • Referral to SENCO
  • Referral to Impact North East Counselling
  • Referral to Emotional Resilience Nurse
  • Referral to CAMHS/ CYPS
  • Referral to Together for Children (ICRT/ Early Help/ Early Help Outreach Support)
  • Social Skills groups/Nurture Provision (Primary)
  • Transition support (Primary-Secondary)
  • Foundations Programme (1:1 support with Vulnerable Pupil Teacher & individual rewards programme)
  • Focused transition support (Primary to Secondary)
  • Personalised Student Support Plans
  • SEN Passports
  • Outreach Support (Early Help/ Autism Outreach/ EAL/ Visual Impairment Team)
  • Targeted & direct work with students in school led by external professionals from  Together for Children (Early Help Workers/ Social Workers/ Anti-Bullying Co-ordinators)
  • Team Teach trained staff

School Support

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 Attendance

External Support

The Bread and Butter Thing

The Bread and Butter Thing offers weekly groceries at a fraction of high street prices. The new Washington Hub opens at Rainbow Family Centre on Thursday 23rd February. For £7.50 they offer roughly £35 worth of food each week including fresh fruit and veg, chilled food for the fridge and cupboard staples such as pasta and cereal.

For further information please read Introducing The Bread and Butter Thing


Sunderland Counselling Service Cruse Bereavement Support
Mindfulness & Grief Institute The Compassionate Friends
The Lullaby Trust Sunderland Mind
Winston's Wish - Giving hope to grieving children Child Bereavement UK - Rebuilding Lives Together

Mental Health

Sunderland Mind NHS Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Sunderland and South Tyneside
Children and Young People’s Service

Sunderland Counselling Service Young People - Mind Washington
Kooth - Free online counselling support for young people! Young Minds - fighting for young people's mental health
Grace House - short break and respite care for children and young people Childline - 0800 1111
Papyrus - Prevention of Young Suicide Shout 85258 - here for you 24/7
if u care share  

Supporting Families

Barnardo's - Believe in children Home Start
Together for Children - Sunderland  

General Health & Wellbeing

Change 4 Life Anna Freud - National Centre for Children and Families


Clam Harm Young People - Mind Washington
Sunderland Mind Health for Teens

Anxiety & Depression

Sunderland Mind Health for Teens
Young People - Mind Washington Childline - 0800 1111
Kooth - Free online counselling support for young people! Samaritans

Eating Disorders

Beat Eating Disorders Eating Distress North East

Child Exploitation

Child exploitation takes many forms, and any child or young person can be exploited – there is no stereotypical victim.

We all need to:

  • help prevent children becoming victims,
  • be aware of the signs that a child might be being exploited, and
  • speak out if we see something suspicious.

Domestic Abuse


Wearside Women in Need Helpline 0800 066 55 55 (For confidential, and non-judgemental support and advice for women)
Office: 0191 565 8877
WWiN offer 1-2-1 Outreach support to women experiencing domestic abuse. This includes court support where necessary. Refuge accommodation for women and children fleeing abuse where they will be supported emotionally and practically.
ManKind Initiative Helpline 01823 334 244
Offers a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse
Men's Advice Line Helpline 0808 801 0327
Offers Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Keeping Children Safe Online

Education Staff

Education Support Care First

Sunderland Mind Newsletter

Sunderland Mind