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Lockdown can be a very difficult time for adults and children. Please find some links to sites below to help support you, with the increase in device use and computer safety to coping with change and emotions. 

 

Please find attached a clip from a Kidsafe tutor and KS. The session is all about our current situation and how you can support and help each other. It's a great session to watch and take part in with your child/ren. It's about 5 minutes long.

https://www.facebook.com/kidsafechildrensmentalhealth/videos/302105097453656

Please find below, some really useful resources and events shared from Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Children's Mental Health Week

A message from Director of Public Health - Colin Cox

Colin Cox has done a short video on the importance of Children's Mental Health Week.  Please click on the link below to view the video.

 

Director of public Health Video, click here. 

 

Family - Children's Mental Health Week

We all have mental health, whether we are 2, 10, 16, 47 or 83! As a family – parents, carers, sibling grandparents – we play an important role in teaching children and young people how to understand and manage their feelings.  Positive emotional health not only prevents mental ill health but also allows children to enjoy life, believe in their abilities and cope with life’s ups and downs.

 

What can you do at home?

Find time to talk – as a family or just the two of you – ‘Check in’ with them while you’re doing things together, so they get used to talking about their feelings. Talk about the things you are grateful for, things that you are finding hard, talk about your day, ask their thoughts on things, what they are watching, playing, reading. Encourage them to ask you! Being curious and aware of the things around them helps children learn and to be aware of their thoughts and feelings.

 

Spend time together – Cook together, talk about your day over meals, read together; make something together, play together - play helps children to be curious, learn new things, solve problems, and express feelings without words. Go for walks - look at things, explore nature together; cycle - exercising regularly lowers rates of depression and anxiety and relieves stress.

 

Be a role-model – Show how you cope with difficult feelings and look after yourself. Make a present for someone; say something nice; give some time to help someone else. When we are kind to others and give our time and energy to someone else, it is very rewarding and helps children understand empathy.

   

Need some TOP TIPS about emotional health and how you can help your child ‘Express themselves’? Link:

How you can help you child link, click here.

 

What's on this week?

There are lots of opportunities this week to explore and discuss your child’s mental health and wellbeing, and ideas on how to support them and you as a whole family.

Mental Health Family Hour: The live stream sessions focusing on young people’s mental health including anxiety, lack of motivation to do any work and the fear of losing someone to COVID-19. Different episodes available covering other issues and beneficial for both the young people and parents. Here is a link please watch and share, click here.

 

MyTime: MyTime are offering information sessions every day this week for parents and carers giving informal practical advice and ideas that can help support the mental health of them and their child through the pandemic. For session times and sign up information please click this link.

 

Kooth: Kooth can offer that mental and wellbeing support to young people in Cumbria aged 11-18. Kooth are hosting a virtual Kooth information session for parents and carers. Session is on Tuesday 2 February at 12-1pm  Link here. 

 

Mindfulness In Challenging TimesHave you ever felt stressed or overwhelmed? If the answer is YES, then you will benefit from watching this:  For link click here.

Explore what Mindfulness is and some very simple techniques you can easily weave into everyday life and increase your emotional resilience.E-school nurse: E-School Nurses are running twice weekly online health support and advice for parents, carers and professionals, supporting children and young people aged 5-19 years old. More information is available click here.

Express Yourself Entries

Here are some of the entries we’ve had from Cumbrian children and young people, showing and telling us about what’s helped them during COVID.

 

 

Kidsafe is a specialised child protection programme which is delivered into our school. Rachel Corrin Year One teacher delivers the sessions as our Kidsafe trained tutor.

 

The Kidsafe programme deals with building children’s confidence, self esteem and equips children with effective skills to deal with unsafe situations.  Kidsafe enables children to value themselves and others and helps children to make wise and healthy choices/decisions in their lives.  Kidsafe teaches children to recognise and/or prevent abuse i.e., what is appropriate and what is not appropriate, this is done in an age appropriate, fun and non-scary way through a variety of media including the use of a puppet, games, singing and worksheets.

 

Topics covered during the course include:-

 

Raising self confidence, feelings and talking about our feelings, bullying, respecting our bodies, inappropriate touching, secrets, communication skills, assertion – saying No, computer/internet safety and age ratings on DVD’s and computer games.  After the full programme has been delivered a bank of scenario’s can be accessed by the trained tutor to address issues within school.

The Kidsafe UK programe continues to evolve and develop, with traing taking place yearly, to help support and meet the chaging needs of todays society and therefore help support our children.

Kidsafe is a specialised child protection programme which is delivered into our school. Rachel Corrin Year One teacher delivers the sessions as our Kidsafe trained tutor.

 

The Kidsafe programme deals with building children’s confidence, self esteem and equips children with effective skills to deal with unsafe situations.  Kidsafe enables children to value themselves and others and helps children to make wise and healthy choices/decisions in their lives.  Kidsafe teaches children to recognise and/or prevent abuse i.e., what is appropriate and what is not appropriate, this is done in an age appropriate, fun and non-scary way through a variety of media including the use of a puppet, games, singing and worksheets.

 

Topics covered during the course include:-

 

Raising self confidence, feelings and talking about our feelings, bullying, respecting our bodies, inappropriate touching, secrets, communication skills, assertion – saying No, computer/internet safety and age ratings on DVD’s and computer games.  After the full programme has been delivered a bank of scenario’s can be accessed by the trained tutor to address issues within school.

The Kidsafe UK programe continues to evolve and develop, with traing taking place yearly, to help support and meet the chaging needs of todays society and therefore help support our children.

 

At All Saints PSHE has always been a high priority and will continue to be a main focus of the school and  integral to its vision.  

 

Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.

 

All the staff at All Saints recognise that pupils should have opportunities to take responsibility for themselves and their environment.  Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing to the life of the school and community.

 

PSHE is taught whenever possible across the whole curriculum and dedicated PSHE lessons and Circle time. 

 

We have an enthusiastic and successful School Council which meets to discuss issues raised by pupils.

 

A Life Education Bus (supported by the Home-School Association) visits the school every year to support this area of the curriculum.

 

 

 
 

Useful Links for Skills Development and Resources.

List of PSHE websites for 4-11 year old students, including games and activities and resources for teachers and parents. From Starting Primary School, Self; Awareness, Wellbeing and Careers, Relationships, Health and Safety, Community and Global Citizneship.   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zmpfb9q

 

Learn about the internet and being a SMART surfer; plus lots of good sites for children. https://www.childnet.com/resources/looking-for-kidsmart Kidsmart,

 

Coping with change and uncertainty this site has some fantastic resources which are especially useful during these uncertain times: https://www.bbc.com/ownit 

 

Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang. https://www.bbc.com/ownit CBBC's stay safe 

 

Keeping safe online http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/ Safety Net Kids,

 

Tips and links to child friendly apps https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/expert-help/e-safety-tablets-and-apps E-Safety, Tablets and Apps,

 

This links to many sites to support anti-bullying resources http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org/anti-bullying-week Anti-bullying network,

 

Child-friendly, US site with tools to learn about bullying and how to prevent it.                  https://www.stopbullying.gov/ Stop bullying,  

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