Emotional Health & Wellbeing
Welcome to our Emotional Health and Wellbeing page.
Bohunt is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our students and we have a wealth of resources to share with you.
The following links are designed to provide you with practical advice on areas of concern that sometimes can cause parents and carers anxiety or stress when supporting their teenager.
Remember that if you have any particular concerns regarding your child’s emotional health and wellbeing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with your child’s tutor or Achievement Co-Ordinator. If you have a safeguarding concern or query at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask for the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Pittaway, Head of School.
The range of links and resources outlined on this page is by no means exhaustive. We would welcome feedback and recommendations of additional information that parents and carers have themselves found useful and supportive.
Should you wish to provide any feedback please email email@example.com and title your email EHWB Web Page.
Thank you for your continued support with keeping our children safe and happy.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
All our Achievement Co-Ordinators and Senior Achievement Co-Ordinators receive yearly training specifically about providing effective pastoral care to young people who are at risk of self-harm. Our Safeguarding Leads work closely with our pastoral leaders to ensure that there is a robust and effective support network for those young people who need it.
Please follow the links below for some information and advice.
Our Welfare Team, Gillian Tanton and Gemma Ward, work closely with our School Nurse, Jo Anderson, and Pastoral Administrator, Emma Whitehouse, to provide effective support to those children with additional medical needs. We continue to promote healthy eating on school site and continue to seek ways to identify and support any children who we feel may need it in school.
Eating disorders are often blamed on the social pressure to be thin, as young people in particular feel they should look a certain way. However, the causes are usually more complex.
An eating disorder may be associated with biological, genetic or environmental factors combined with a particular event that triggers the disorder. There may also be other factors that maintain the illness.
At home, you are best placed to notice any changes in eating patterns or habits. Whilst this can be tricky, there are some warning signs you can look out for:
- missing meals
- complaining of being fat, even though they have a normal weight or are underweight
- repeatedly weighing themselves and looking at themselves in the mirror
- making repeated claims that they’ve already eaten, or they’ll shortly be going out to eat somewhere else and avoiding eating at home
- cooking big or complicated meals for other people, but eating little or none of the food themselves
- only eating certain low-calorie foods in your presence, such as lettuce or celery
- feeling uncomfortable or refusing to eat in public places, such as at a restaurant
- the use of “pro-anorexia” websites
Please follow the links below for some further information and advice.
As addressed often in our Bohunt Bulletin, we are aware of the impact anxiety can have on a young person’s development and confidence. It is not uncommon to feel anxious; it is a perfectly normal emotion. Sometimes, however, young people are not equipped with the tools themselves to manage this emotion, letting their anxiety override rational thought and interfere with their emotional health and wellbeing.
It is therefore so important to understand what causes anxiety in your child, and that we help them to manage it effectively so that it does not affect their daily lives.
Please follow the links below for some information and advice. You can also view our Bohunt Bulletins here , if you would like to revisit the Emotional Health and Wellbeing sections.
On-line Safety and Social Media Use
We write to you regularly about new apps and social media websites that come to our attention and pose a potential threat to the safety of young people, and we will continue to do so.
We also speak with all parents and carers at the Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening every year specifically about supporting your child by keeping them safe online.
Please follow the links below to access both the recent letters sent to you, and the Year 7 information from the presentation.
CEOP Safety Centre
Children and young people
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
Educate Against Hate
If you have any safeguarding concerns at all about a child, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call reception on 01428 724324 and ask to speak with our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Pittaway, Head of School.
Please find our Child Protection Policy at the link below.