The Active Wellbeing Society are a local charity that are providing help for those who are self-isolating and need help getting food, sanitary products etc while they are in lockdown. To access the charity call 0121 728 7030.
We are really pleased to share with you important and fantastic news that Kooth.com has been commissioned by Birmingham Children’s Partnership. The service went live on April 13th and the award winning and innovative online counselling and support service is now available to all young people aged 11-25 across Birmingham.
It is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health support. Kooth is used across the country and is well rated by young people.
Kooth is linked into the wider mental health support from Forward Thinking Birmingham and offers:
- Online mental health counselling and chat services from midday to 10pm during the week, and 6pm to 10pm at weekends
- Peer to peer support through moderated discussion forums
- Self-care tools and resources to build resilience
- Early response to and identification of emotional wellbeing and mental health problems
- And there are no waiting lists, referrals or thresholds to access the service
For more information please refer video below that tells you more about the service (additional short films are also available via this link)
We wish all our Hall Green families Ramadan Mubarak for the start of Ramadan this year, despite the unusual circumstances we find ourselves. Please see this link for an important message from Birmingham City Council about staying safe over Ramadan.
Birmingham City Council have also provided us with some contact numbers for foodbanks and other support networks for families in hardship in this time, and for the city’s support for teenage mental health.
Take care and Stay Safe.
Please refer to the letters below regarding Covid updates and pupils returning to school.
With children likely spending more time online, now is a good time to remind parents of the risks certain websites, apps and social media can pose, so that they are aware of the steps they can take to protect their child. We’ve created a safeguarding hub that allows your pupils’ parents to access interactive guidance on setting up parental controls on their child’s devices, as well as guidance on apps like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and more.
The Key Support Services
While schools and social workers remain at the forefront of work to protect vulnerable children, including by supporting them to attend school, expanding the NSPCC helpline and raising its profile will mean more adults know where to go with concerns about the safety and wellbeing of any children. Some common signs that there may be something concerning happening in a child’s life include:
- aggressive or repeated shouting
- hearing hitting or things being broken
- children crying for long periods of time
- very young children left alone or are outdoors by themselves
- children looking dirty or not changing their clothes
- children being withdrawn or anxious.
Last year the NSPCC helpline, which has around 100 staff, received 73,000 contacts from people with concerns about a child’s welfare.
It can be reached 24 hours a day by email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or through its online reporting form. Its team of experts can also be called Monday to Friday 8am-10pm or 9am-6pm at the weekends on 0808 800 5000.