Pastoral Care : Safeguarding, Mental Health and Wellbeing Team
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Updated for Coronavirus 15/06/20

If you have a query or concern you should raise it with any of our school staff.  

Normally your child's classteacher would normally be your first point of contact, however during this school partial closure we ask you  to either use the 'Live Chat' or 'Leave a Message' on this website which will be picked up next working day.  Please ensure you label your message 'For Pastoral Care Team' providing your name and contact details.

All staff have received basic training in safeguarding, mental health, pupil wellbeing, inclusion and equality.

We have specific staff if you wish to contact someone who has significant experience and additional indepth training.  Please ask and we will find the most suitable person to help you.

Our school has a core Pastoral Care Team which brings together the work of our:

  • Vulnerable Children's Team (incl. Safeguarding)
  • Inclusion Team
  • Hardship Team

Our school has trained Mental Health staff and we have excellent relationships with two projects; Future In Mind and Mental Health Schools Team (Warrington NHS)

The PC Team manages our safeguarding work including the support of those children subject to child protection.  Their role is to provide timely intervention to ensure that children's outcomes, particularly in terms of achievement and safety are secured.

You can find more about safeguarding in Warrington by looking at the website for the Safeguarding Partnership: https://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/201134/childrens-social-care-and-safeguarding/2478/warrington-safeguarding-partnership

The pastoral team at the parish church may also be able to help.  We can arrange for you to speak with a vicar if you think it will support you.

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Bereavement, Loss and Mental Health

As a school we have provided the following booklet to all families both here online and also in the envelope drop to homes.

BASIC WELLBEING PARENTS' PACK

Bereavement and Loss

We are currently evaluating the materials to put here. 

Organisations that can help

Mental Health Foundation   Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities  Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind   A mental health charity      Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm)  Web: www.mind.org.uk

PAPYRUS    Youth suicide prevention society    Phone: 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)  Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Samaritans    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair            Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)   Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE   Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers   Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

YoungMinds   A charity dedicated to children’s mental health    Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)  Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care   Support for grief and bereavement    Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)  Website: www.cruse.org.uk

NSPCC    Child protection charity   Phone: 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour)  0800 1111 for children (ChildLine’s 24-hour helpline)   Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Refuge    Advice on dealing with domestic violence    Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)   Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Advanced Solutions      Information, advice and support for families of children pre, during and post a neurodevelopmental diagnosis   Phone: 01925 320863   Website: www.addvancedsolutions.co.uk

NHS Mental Health crisis line   Advice for people of all ages   Phone: 01925 275309

Happy? OK? Sad?   

Information about local & national mental health services that can offer information, advice, support or treatment.

has tips for simple things you can do to feel good, as well as links to self-help resources and details of support services

Website: www.happyoksad.org.uk

My Life Warrington    Links to local advice for Warrington residents including Education, Health and Wellbeing, Money and Legal, Housing and Help for Carers.    Website: www.mylifewarrington.gov.uk 

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Parents COVID-19 Coping and Self-Help Guides and Information  

Coping with Coronavirus Self Help

9 things to say to your anxious child

COVID-19 anxiety

World Health Organisation Stress and Kids COVID-19

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If I have a Social Worker?

If you have been allocated a social worker prior to the virus or during the outbreak you will receive:

- name and contact details of your social worker which is likely to be your main point of contact if you are finding life more difficult 

- the contact details of our Pastoral Manager (Joanna Brown) who you may contact for signposting to other agencies

The Pastoral Manager will speak to parents at least once a week to check on welfare.  The social worker has agreed to talk once a week to the child.

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New Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Our new COVID-19 Addendum to accompany our normal Safeguarding policies can be found here: COVID19 Safeguarding Policy

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The Vulnerable Children's Team: Led by Miss E Fleming

  • Miss Emma Fleming (Assistant Headteacher & Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mrs Joanna Brown (Pastoral Support and Safeguarding Manager)
  • Mrs Sue Kirby (Early Help Co-ordinator/Family Support Worker - Thursdays & Fridays)
  • Mr Matthew Boyle (Head of School)
  • Mr Chris Metcalfe (Executive Headteacher & Mental Health First Aider)

The email for the Pastoral Support and Safeguarding Manager is stmargarets_safeguarding(@)warrington.gov.uk

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The Inclusion Team: Led by Miss E Fleming

  • Miss Emma Fleming (Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion) & SENCO)
  • Mrs Laura Albon (Inclusion Case Management Assistant)
  • Miss Star-Lee Highdale (EYFS Achievement Mentor - EYFS link to SENCO)
  • Local Authority Educational Psychologist

The Inclusion Team email box is: inclusion(@)st-margarets.warrington.sch.uk

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 The Hardship and Pupil Premium Team: Led by Mrs A Meager

  • Mrs Amanda Meager (Assistant Headteacher (Standards)
  • Mr Matthew Boyle (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Miss Karen Morris (Achievement Mentor & Achievement Teacher)
  • Mrs Karen Vernon (Achievement Mentor & Achievement Teacher)
  • Miss Starr-Lee Highdale (EYFS Achievement Mentor)
  • Mrs Julie Henessey (Pupil Premium Admin)

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OPERATION ENCOMPASS

Letter to Parents

I am writing to inform you that our school participates in a Police-led initiative called Operation Encompass, a scheme which will ensure that we can we can better support any child where a domestic incident has been reported to Police from their home.

Following a domestic incident, the Police will make contact with the school via telephone and communicate relevant information to nominated, fully-trained school staff. This will ensure that we are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe, supported and listen to.

Each school has a member of staff called a key adult who is trained to liaise with the police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the child.

The initiative was launched county-wide at the beginning of 2015. It is active in all Warrington schools across the local authority and in a number of schools in the areas of Halton, Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East with success.  You can find out more about Operation Encompass via the following site: https://www.operationencompass.org/

If you would like to speak to someone further about the initiative, or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Brown.

We are committed to working in partnership with local relevant organisations to safeguard and protect children across Cheshire and provide the best possible care and support for our pupils.