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Family Support and Wellbeing

Our Designated trained Lead for Mental Health is Ms Ali and she is well supported in this role by our staff family. In addition, Mrs McGowan, Mrs Cooper and Miss Wildy are trained Mental Health First Aiders and support children, staff and parents in a variety of ways; we work towards everyone feeling emotionally secure and resilient to deal with life's ups and downs. Ms Ali, as Pastoral Manager, leads on pupil wellbeing, staff wellbeing and family support.

Social wellbeing and the ability to build positive healthy relationships, be respectful and caring is vital. Ms Ali supports this in school through her work with families. Our 'Good to be Green' system encourages good friendships; the SMSC curriculum and British Values are interwoven through all learning. Staff build good relationships with children and parents and this is demonstrated by the strong community we have established.  We rely on and are there for each other. 

We are all put on this Earth to fulfill God's mission and be who God wants us to be. We each have the responsibility to open our hearts and minds to the role we are intended to play. We can only truly be happy when we are working and living together for God. To do that successfully, we need to take care of the bodies God has given us and be respectful of each other. At St Antony's we try to take care of everything that makes us like Jesus Christ and  fully human.

Pastoral care & Wellbeing Support
Pastoral Manager Ms. Ali

Our Pastoral Manager is Rehana Ali. Her role includes supporting Parents and families through family support, initiating CAFS and facilitating TAF meetings. She ensures that pupils can come to school and be educated by making home visits, mediating between parents, offering parenting support and escorting children to and from school when required, sourcing food bank and financial support and liaising with support agencies, nurseries, and high schools for best outcomes.

Ms Ali runs regular Parenting groups and coffee mornings for parents.

Her role includes ensuring pupils are emotionally safe and happy; this is by offering 1:1 support and group work to children as well as a daily lunch time drop in. She also runs a Wellbeing club after school and offers nurture to any children that maybe experiencing a tough time alerted by parents using the no details ‘Handle with care’ support system on Dojo. She offers nurture on arrival to school in line with Operation Encompass support. (Police notification of DV within the home) She will identify need and signpost to relevant agencies where required eg The school nurses, the Young Carers or the Mental Health Support Team etc.

Handle with Care 

If your family is experiencing difficulties at home, we would like to provide additional support at school. If your child is returning to school after a difficult holiday, weekend or night please send us a 'Handle with Care' message.

We understand that you are not always able to share details and that is ok. The message will let us know that your child may need extra time, patience or help in school.

Parent coffee mornings

Parent Coffee mornings, usually every Friday morning 9am -10am however the Parent Community Hub is open for parents most mornings to pop in for a brew and chat. (Accessible through Reception)

A chance to have a brew, eat cake or donuts! Relax after the school run, connect and make friends. Share experiences and belong to the school family & community.

Parenting Course 

Ms Ali runs a parenting course every half term. The support is offered over 6 weekly group sessions.

Covering Parenting styles, Issues affecting parenting ability, Parental wellbeing, behaviour management, successful parenting skills. Routines, boundaries, age appropriate milestones and more.
It’s always a friendly, non-judgemental atmosphere where parents can learn as well as share their challenges & successes.  

There is usually lots of laughter and some deep conversations.

Parents receive a certificate on completion of the course.


Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass operates in all police forces across England. It helps Police and schools work together to provide emotional and practical help to children. The system ensures that when Police are called to an incident of domestic abuse, where there are children in the household who have experienced the domestic incidents, the police will inform the key adult usually the DSL designated safeguarding lead. In school before the child/children arrive in school the following day. This ensures that the school has up to date relevant information about the child's circumstances and can enable immediate support to be put in place, according to the child's needs. 

Operation Encompass does not replace statutory safeguarding procedures. Where appropriate, the police and or schools should make a referral to Children's Social Care if they are concerned about a child's welfare. 

More information about the scheme and how schools can become involved is available on the Operation encompass website. 

Childline – 0800 1111

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0800 800 5000

Social Care Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS) – 01254 666400

Adult Safeguarding Team-  01254 585949

Samaritans - 116 123 open 24 hours a day

Crime stoppers –  0200 555 111

FRANK - drugs helpline - 0300 123 6600, or text 82111

Drug and Alcohol Service – 01254 495014

Relate –  0300 100 1234

Lancashire MIND – 01257 231660

Respect and Men’s Advice Line – 0202 802 4040

CALM – (Campaign Against Living Miserably) – Freephone or webchat (5pm-midnight)   

For those who are anxious, worried, unhappy or lonely - 0800 585858

Listening Service Lancashire 0800 915 4640. Mon-Fri 7pm to 11pm Sat & Sun 12pm -12am  

Young Minds - for young people wanting advice & information about mental health & wellbeing. 

Parents/Carers helpline 0808 802 5544

Suicide Prevention- Papyrus - charity for the prevention of young suicide - 0800 068 4141. 

9am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends. 

SHOUT - Text service offered by Crisis 85258

National Domestic Abuse Helpline- 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247

Karma Nirvana -Supporting Victims of Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage tel - 08005999247   

National Modern Slavery Helpline – 08000 121 700

The WISH Centre – 01254 260465

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