Level One – Safeguarding for all
This support is available for all children in the academy
Level Two – Early Help
This support is accessed via our internal referral system
Level Three – External Support and Children’s Services
This support is accessed via a referral to external agencies
All of our students are assigned a tutor when they arrive at the Academy. The form tutor is an essential link between school and home, and often the first port of call if a students or parent/carer has a query or concern. Tutors will support students with homework, uniform, equipment and organisation, as well as providing emotional support if they feel worried or overwhelmed.
Form tutors can be contacted via College Admin: Student Services 01527 830726.
Nurture Lunch Support
We offer a variety of games clubs for those students who prefer quiet time or find social times difficult. The children gain new friendships which helps them build their confidence and resilience.
Our school nurse is Elsa Chadaway and she has drop-in appointments every Wednesday for both students and parents.
Kooth is a free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people. When you sign up you can choose an avatar, which helps to keep you safe and anonymous. You can have a "drop-in" chat with a counsellor or therapist or book a one-to-one session.
Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. You can talk to other young people anonymously on the forums whenever you like, and keep an online journal.
Subscribing to Kooth means you can read its online magazine and maybe even write for it. You can also use Kooth to set goals with your online counsellor or therapist and keep a record of how you are doing. Evidence suggests that Kooth can help children and young people with a range of emotional and psychological problems.
Kooth is suitable for children and young people aged 11 to 19 (25 in some areas). It can help with lots of different problems, including family problems, eating disorders, loneliness, bullying, anxiety and depression. If you’d like to sign up with Kooth go to www.kooth.com and enter a user name and password.
A new curriculum for PSHE has been developed by the department for education. It is not compulsory until September 2020, but TGAR will be integrating it into our curriculum from September 2019. PSHE will focus around three core themes:
- Health and wellbeing
- Living in the wider world
Working with Parents
We value the input and feedback of all parents and strive to develop strong links. The academy has a ‘working with parents forum’ and is looking at bespoke ways to hear the voice of families from all social-economic backgrounds. It is vital that all parents feel empowered to have their say and work with the academy to build strong relationships for the students.
Some of our more vulnerable students may need extra support during unstructured times. Our mainstream autism base provides a safe haven for some of our more vulnerable students. We aim to care, protect and encourage our students to reach their potential.
Our Achievement Support Team have a combination of various unique skills to offer, from SEMH to complex communication needs groups. The staff show great commitment in helping those often vulnerable students achieve and grow in character.
Sexual Health Nurse
Thrive helps us to check children’s readiness to learn, to identify any gaps and then plan to meet them. Through doing so, we will be able to make sure that all of our pupils have what they need to make the best possible progress in their learning
What does it take to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning? Recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development have provided some of the answers to this question.
The Thrive Approach draws on insights from these fields to provide a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal social and emotional development. In addition, the Approach can equip you to work in a targeted way with children and young people who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.
CRUSH is an awareness raising and support programme to help young people make safe and healthy relationships. The sessions are run in small groups and are specifically designed for 13-19 year olds. CRUSH will help you to understand how to recognise and avoid abusive relationships, how to leave a relationship which is unsafe and help you to manage any exposure to domestic abuse within your home environment. It will also help you to understand the difference between unsafe and healthy relationships. Groups run in school are led by trained counsellors from RBC.
Our objective is to support and equip students with additional needs to fulfil their academic and personal potential, ensuring they are given equal opportunities, enabling and encouraging them to feel valued members of the Academy Community.
We have a highly experienced and qualified body of staff who specialise in a range of additional needs. Our aim is to ensure not only academic progress for all our students, but also to support their social and emotional well-being.
Any parents that have children that may be suffering with their mental health are advised to gain advice from the following website; https://youngminds.org.uk/
Our department has regular access to our own educational psychologist and speech and language therapist. We have an excellent relationship with external agencies and work in close collaboration to ensure there is a successful team around the child.
MET (Medical Education Team)
The Medical Education Team support young people who are unable to access mainstream education due to medical illness, a medical professional is required to make a recommendation the safeguarding team will make a subsequent referral for the service. Parents/carers will work with the Academy to support students in their transition to MET and regular communication will be maintained throughout. Students will continue to study a number of subjects alongside the therapeutic work that will be conducted.
Early help family support
If you are experiencing difficulties in your family or are worried about your children, there are people who can offer help and support. Difficulties could be for example:
- mental health problems
- domestic abuse at home
- drug or alcohol dependency
- your child starting school
- struggling as a lone parent
- debt problems
- housing problems
Here you can find advice and guidance to help support your family. If you need more help than your usual support network, for example your health visitor, child’s school, doctor or Children’s Centre the family support process can help.
If you would like to self-refer please use the following link http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/childrenreferral
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Free online parenting courses available through Worcestershire County Council. Please visit at inourplace.co.uk use voucher code SOLIHULLEPPROFFHWCS
West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC)
WMRSASC is a free, confidential and non-judgemental support service for survivors who have experienced rape, assault, incest, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual attack, whether physical, verbal or emotional. The trauma caused by sexual abuse may not surface for many years after the event. They treat all calls equally, sensitively and confidentially, appreciating the courage required to break silence, overcome guilt and threats, and share the events of the past whether they happened days or years ago.
Their website will help you find information about their services, about rape and sexual abuse, about helping and being helped…
Touchstones is a small, local charity with one very simple aim – to be there for any bereaved child and young person in North East Worcestershire – including Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wythall, Rubery, Hagley.
Every child or young person who goes through the tragedy of bereavement needs loving support as they face their loss, but sometimes additional support from outside their family can help them through their pain and grief. The team have years of experience in working with children and young people struggling to deal with the loss of a loved one.
They provide free one-to-one support and weekend experiences for local children and young people who have had someone that they love very much die.
Additionally, Touchstones is here to advise families and schools on how to support children and young people through bereavement, including pre-school children who are best supported by their own family. They can also offer advice and support to schools in the event of a sudden death in the school community. They also offer training packages, tailored to the needs of individual schools.
To make a referral or get advice, please also ring this number or email this address
CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing.
Local areas have a number of different support services available.
These might be from the statutory, voluntary or school-based sector, such as an NHS trust, local authority, school or charitable organisation.
CAMHSCAST is a service which sits within Worcestershire CAMHS. They work directly with professionals who are working with young people, experiencing or at risk of experiencing mental health difficulties. The service offers consultation, advice and support.
We have an educational psychologist who works at TGAR. Dr Kathrine Lander will complete assessments with students that may be experiencing difficulties. Dr Lander will also offer one-to-one support and group sessions through her assessments. All strategies are shared with staff in order for them to implement in their day-to-day practice.
Reach 4 Wellbeing
The Reach4Wellbeing Team is part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), we promote and support emotional wellbeing for children and young people aged 5-18 years old. We are a team of 7 staff, with one case worker for each of the following areas: Wyre Forest, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon. We offer short-term group support programmes for those experiencing mild to moderate emotional difficulties, specifically anxiety and low mood. These programmes are based on skills which research has discovered helps children and young people with these difficulties. Government recommendations promote group work as the first way to help children and young people with these issues as early as possible.
Community based support working with students and parents. Our PCSOs are Denise Thompson and Chris Allbutt who are in school every Friday.
Swanswell are a drug and alcohol support service. They are a charity empowering people to live healthy, safe and happy lives. The school can make a referral for our students but they can also be contacted by telephone on 0300 303 8200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.
Helpline: 0800 068 4141.