Safeguarding - during COVID19
We will be posting information about local services that may support you. Do get in touch with us if you would like to find out more or if there is anything else school can help you with. The best email to reach us on for safeguarding information is firstname.lastname@example.org This is checked daily and we will get back in touch with you as quickly as possible. Alternatively, you can telephone the school office on 01173772186.
We have shared this information with families in our newsletters and on social media where possible.
Financial support available
The Bristol City Council Local Crisis Prevention Fund (LCPF) is now accepting claims for those returning to school who need assistance with food, school uniforms, shoes and stationery costs. Support is available in the form of Tesco and Co-op supermarket vouchers.
Please contact Deb Skuse if you would like to apply for this financial support and need help to complete this online.
Alternatively you can follow this link directly http://www.bristol.gov.uk/lcpf
Barnardos See, Hear, Respond
This is a new service funded by the Department of Education (DfE) and offers rapid support for children and young people affected by Covid 19. The programme supports children from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.
Parents and carers can make direct referrals online. For more information, check out http://barnardos.org.uk
Or if you are interested and need support completing the online forms, please contact Deb Skuse.
Heart of BS13 are operating a food service for those in need.
If you have a low income and cant get out, you can order free frozen meals from here. This gives you 3 meals per week per person in the household, delivered on either Tuesday or Friday.
Our local foodbank at the Withywood Centre is also open on Wednesdays; this needs a voucher from us so get in touch by calling the school office by phone or email.
There is a food club for families who have a child under 5 running from Hartcliffe Childrens Centre on Thursday morning each week, including bank holidays. Membership is a one off cost of approx. £1 per family and then a cost of approx. £3.50 per week which gives you a bag of fresh food (around £15 or more in value). A similar club runs from Knowle West Nursery School on Tuesday afternoons.There are social distancing systems in place, each family is given an allotted collection time or staff at the centre can deliver where needed. Here is the website with contact details.
Bristol Food Network has support for families who are finding it difficult to access good, affordable food. You can find out lots of information here including the National Food Service.
Acorn Bristol have volunteers who are able to help by picking up shopping (limited to £20 per time), prescription collection or a friendly chat. Please note that the volunteers may not have DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) clearance. Ring 0743 247 3293 or check out their website here.
You are all doing a fabulous job helping children with their learning and keeping in touch with friends, all of which is happening online during lockdown. Keeping safe online becomes particularly important at this time. The NSPCC have lots of information on their website that you may find helpful. Have you download the Safer Schools App yet? Its free and available on Android and IOS. You'll find log in details on the term 4 safeguarding newsletter.
Good mental health is important for us all and even more so during lockdown. Child Adolescent and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have created a new website for us all, camhs-resources.org.uk - take a look, it has lots of recommended books, videos and apps.
Our school nursing team have this helpline number 0300 124 5801 available each week day from 9.00-4.00pm for you to call with any health queries about your child. Have a look at this poster for details. There is also a list of resources for primary age children that you may find helpful.
Bristol City Council Education Psychology Service have Ten Top Tips for parents and children to support good mental health and well-being during the Covid 19 outbreak.
Do you feel worthless? Do you feel isolated? Does it feel like your life isn't your own? Does someone else have control of you, your finances or your life? Do you worry about being at home with that person or do they question your every moment while you've been away? Has the lockdown situation made life more difficult because you don't get a moment to yourself? Domestic Abuse doesn't have to be violent. If you feel like you would like someone to talk to in strictest confidence, please contact the domestic abuse advisor, Sarah Johnson on 07834126878 or email her at email@example.com.
Next Link continues to offer a service if you are concerned about your safety and need help and support.
Young Carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has a disability, a long term illness or is affected by mental ill health or substance misuse. Young carers may look after parents, care for a brother or sister or another relative. They take on responsibilities normally only expected of an adult. The Young Carers Service supports young carers aged 8-18 years old. The Carers Trust website has information on looking after yourself and the person you care for during the Covid 19 pandemic if you are a young carer or young adult carer.
If you are entitled to Free School Meals or think you might be and are not sure what to do next, please get in touch with us.
A new telephone hotline is now available to help those most in need in Bristol during the Covid 19 pandemic. Call 0800 694 0184 from 8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday. Do you need support with food supplies, medication other essential items, or do you know someone who does?
Have remained open to support families with young children. They are here to help you, whatever is going on in your life, for example as a new parent or are finding to hard to manage at the moment. Or if you are feeling worried, anxious or feel unsafe in any way. The teams are highly skilled and well informed and can offer advice on most things, eg your developing baby, routines at home, supporting language development and play, health, housing and finance. Click here https://www.southbristolcc.org.uk/
Medication in school
Please remember it is very important that you return medication to school now that we are open to all children. You will also need to complete a new Administration of Medicines form as your consent. Look out for office staff at the start and end of the school day in the playgrounds.
A copy of the form can be accessed via the link below. If you are able to print it off / complete online and email it back to school before your child returns to school that would be very helpful. Please fill out all of the required information on page 1 and remember to sign the bottom of page 2 (if you are emailing back to school, we will take this as an electronic signature)