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Supporting Your Child's Wellbeing
First Aid and Medical Enquiries
Mrs Farnell, our Health and Safety Officer, is also the First Aid Appointed Person for the Academy and is the first point of contact for medical enquiries or to discuss pupils coming into school with incapacities or prescribed medicines. Please contact Mrs Farnell on Direct dial 01785 413600 or
Physical, Emotional and Mental Health
Health is very important and at The Weston Road Academy we want to support pupils to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. To that end, and to support what we already do through tutor time, PSHCE and the curriculum , this section of our website offers help and advice in some key areas. Please follow the links within each section and if you want to obtain further advice, speak to someone in person, or suggest an improvement to this area of the website, please comment using this email:
Self-harm involves somebody intentionally damaging or injuring their body.
Often their intention is to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Self-harm can also be a cry for help.
That help is available and you can speak to anyone in school, but below are some useful links that could help and support you.
Self-esteem is the way you feel about yourself. Lots of things can lower our self-esteem, such as a relationship break-up, not doing well in an exam or putting on weight. None of these things makes us worth less, but it can feel that way.
If your self-esteem is low, it's important to learn how to improve it. The best way to improve your self-esteem is to "treat yourself as you would treat a valued friend", in a positive but honest way.
Staff are always willing to lend an ear and the links below also provide help and guidance.
Stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. Small amounts of stress are good and useful. Positive stress can help us perform better, for example in exams or sports for example. It can help with our motivation. Too much stress, however, may lead to problems in the body that could be harmful.
Stress can be caused by what is happening to us and around us, but also by how we see a situation or how bad it might be.
We get stressed when we do not think we have the ability to cope with a situation. The important thing to know is we never have to cope alone. Help is available both in school and via the links below.
Anger affects your health and can cause high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, colds, flu and problems with digestion.
Anger is sometimes a natural reaction but can be difficult to control. However, we have a responsibility to try.
If you or anybody else needs help or support with this then speak to an adult you trust or follow the links below.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.
We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together".
The good news is that with the right support, most people can overcome it.
If you or anybody else needs help or support with this, then please speak to an adult you trust or follow the links below.
For young people and children, divorce can be stressful, sad, and confusing. At any age, you may feel uncertain or angry at the prospect of Mum and Dad splitting up. If this is a problem either you or a friend is going through, then you do not have to deal with it alone. With divorce rising, there are certainly a lot of people feeling the effects. Don’t bottle up your feelings. Speak to someone and share the problem. The web link below could be helpful.
Bullying is defined as ‘an on-going issue of name calling, physical abuse, use of force, use of power over someone else and/or ignoring or isolating someone.’ Bullying of any type is unpleasant and unacceptable. You should not have to suffer this and must tell someone straight away. In school there are lots of staff you can speak to, not least your tutor, House leaders or anyone in the Pastoral Office. But we also have BIL which is the Bullying Incident Letter box. If you want to report something anonymously, then use BIL.
The links below will give you advice and help if you or anyone else needs it
Does any of this sound familiar? "I'm too tall." "I'm too short." "I'm too skinny." "If only I were shorter/taller/had curly hair/straight hair/a smaller nose/longer legs, I'd be happy."
Don’t put yourself down? There’s a lot of information out there focusing too much on people’s appearance. As a teen, you're going through lots of changes in your body. It's not always easy to like every part of your looks, but when you get stuck on the negatives it can really bring down your self-esteem. Most people wish at least one part of their body was different but if it is getting you down then the links below are a good place to start.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. It doesn't have to be difficult either.
The key to a healthy diet is to do the following:
1 - Eat the right number of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much, you’ll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight. The average teenage boy needs around 2,500 – 3,000 calories a day and the average teenage girl 2,000 – 2,500 calories .
2 - Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
A number of people suffer from eating disorders which can and must be treated. These include: anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating. All of these can be treated. You can speak to an adult about your concerns or use the links below for help and support.
Unless you have been living on a desert island, you know about the dangers of smoking. Regardless of that, some people still choose to smoke. If you, a friend or family member smokes and needs help and advice on quitting, the links below will help. If people need more convincing, just show them some of the pictures.
Most adults drink alcohol from time to time and a little alcohol (when you get to the age of 18) is not a bad thing. Alcohol becomes a problem when people drink too much of it either on the odd occasion or regularly. It is also important to know that alcohol affects your inhibitions and your ability to make good decisions. Also, when under the influence of alcohol you run the risk of being taken advantage of by others. If you or anyone you know needs some help and advice in this area, then the links below are very useful.
There are a vast number of drugs out there that people use. The majority of them can be found in a chemist or prescribed by the doctor. However, there are also dangerous and illegal drugs about that damage and kill thousands of people every year. These drugs are illegal for a reason but people still show an interest in them. If you are concerned about yourself, a friend or anyone you know, then you will find some great advice in the webpages below.
Sex and Relationships
Intriguing, interesting, embarrassing! Everyone has questions about being in relationships but it’s not always that easy. Who to talk to, how much to say, and how to know if the information you are getting is right. You may have someone you feel you can confide in and you may not but these websites are very helpful in answering all those awkward questions.
Facebook, BEBO, Twitter, ASK FM, we have probably all used at least one of these and more besides. They are great fun and a useful way of keeping in touch with family and friends. We can share photos and just catch up. But there is also a dangerous side to Social Networking sites. It is important that you keep your information safe and secure, that you keep private information private, and that you are careful what you say about and to others. If you have any concerns with regards to these type of sites, then you can speak to an adult that you trust. Another option is to visit one of the websites below for very useful advice, hints and tips on keeping safe while online.
Sexting is the act of sending sexual messages to someone else by mobile phones or through social networking sites and instant messaging. The biggest problem is that sexting photos and messages can be shared with people and sent everywhere. Research suggests that 88% of self-made pictures and photos are stolen and made available on other websites. This means your picture can be seen by absolutely anyone at all! Be very careful what you send and who you send it to, and never send a photo that you would not want seen in public. If you have any concerns, the following websites are very helpful.
Grooming happens when someone tries to get to know you with the intention of sexual abuse. This doesn’t have to be online, but the internet gives people more opportunity not to be noticed. If someone you do not know tries to be your friend, then be wary. They may not be who they say they are. Do not give out private information, secrets or photos. If you are concerned that this might be happening, then speak to an adult that you trust immediately. They can help no matter what you may have already said or done. If you need any help or advice, then the following websites are excellent.
An internet 'troll' is someone who posts unpleasant comments about people online. They may just want to shock, start an argument or in some cases bully someone. They will say very unpleasant things about a situation or a person which is only meant to cause upset and emotional damage. People have been jailed for this, so be careful what you say online. However, if you or anyone you know is a victim of a troll, either speak to a trusted adult or look at this website:
What are they? Your smart phone, android, tablet will probably have location services built in. They are there to make it easier than ever for you to show your friends and family where you are in real time. You can set your phone to update where you are as you move from location to location. This sounds great, but beware. Your friends maybe able to see where you are but so can many others. Before you use location services, make sure your settings are correct so that only friends and family can track you. If in doubt, turn it off.
Staffordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Information for Parents and Carers