Welfare

Hand washing:
It is always important that we all wash our hands thoroughly, both at home and at school. Help your children understand how to wash their hands properly by doing it with them. Click on the links to find some diagrams showing children how to wash their hands and some useful information about when to wash them, including a book mark that they can make.

 

Healthy Living:
Change for Life is a site that gives lots of information and advice for adults and children around diet, exercise and healthier living generally, as well as useful advice on how to make changes to improve your lifestyle.

 

Food and Healthy Eating:
School Food Trust is a site that provides information regarding eligibility for free school meals; ideas for packed lunches; information on healthy diets; how to get your children to eat more fruit and vegetables and much much more!

 

Head lice:
Head lice are a constant problem in primary schools but can only be defeated if everyone checks and, where necessary, treats their child’s hair. Throughout the year at Christ Church we will be taking part in ‘Bug Busting’ weeks, when we will be highlighting the need to check your child’s hair and give advice on the different ways you can treat them. However, it is important to remember to check your children’s hair all the time!

To find out more about the life-cycle of nits and how long they remain in your children’s hair, click on the link.

To find out more about how to cope with nits and the wrong ideas that people have about treating them, click on the links. More information can also be found on the NHS nits web site.

 

Drugs and Alcohol:
The Directgov site provides guidance to parents on how to discussing drugs with their children, together with advice for parents who may be concerned about their children and drug abuse. Drinkaware gives parents useful information on how and when to talk to children about alcohol and the NHS site provides lots of useful information on alcohol generally and answering questions around alcohol misuse.

 

Self Harming:
At least 10% of adolescents report having self harmed at some stage and it is a very difficult subject area for parents to deal with. Oxford University have published a guide for parents and carers (2016) entitled ‘Coping with self-harm’.  It was developed with the help of parents and carers who have had to cope with this sensitive issue and looks at why children might self-harm and the ways in which they can be supported.  To download a copy, simply click on the link.  If you have concerns that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact Shella Robinson or another member of staff at the school.  There is also a website that might be useful listed in the ‘Related Links’.

 

Smoking:
Do you want to give up smoking? If so, advice and support can be found on the NHS website.

 

Domestic Violence:
If you are a victim of domestic violence, or know anyone who is, help and support is available from Refuge and Hidden Hurt.