For Students: Useful Links

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust runs a ‘ChatHealth Messaging Service’, where young people aged 11-19 can text a school nurse for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

Young people can send a text to: 07507 332 258 (9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday excluding bank holidays)

The nurses can advise on a wide range of topics, such as:
• Emotional health
• Relationships
• Self-harm
• Bullying
• Alcohol
• Healthy eating
• Drugs
• Smoking

Please note: they aim to reply within one working day and you should get an immediate bounce-back to confirm they received your text. Texts will not be seen outside of normal working hours. If you need help before you hear back, contact NHS 111 or dial 999 if it is an emergency

For Parents/Carers: Resources Collated by the NCC Psychological & Educational Teams

The Psychological and Educational teams at Northumberland County Council have collated extensive resources to assist parents/carers in supporting young people during this time.

Supporting children with additional needs

  • ASD toolkit for school closures (PDF)
  • What is the Coronavirus? (PDF)
  • Pandemics and the Coronavirus (PDF)
  • Easy-read information sheet (PDF)
  • Staying safe from germs (PDF)

Supporting Healthy Relationships in the Home

Isolation and the current climate we live in can be stressful for all, putting pressure on our relationships with loved ones. Northumberland’s Wellbeing and Community Health Services Group have asked us to share these links to resources that may be useful in supporting healthy relationships in the home.

The last several weeks have been really difficult for most people as we have learned to adapt to a new way of life.  This time can place significant pressure on relationships with our partners, especially if the relationship was in distress to begin with.  Below are some resources that are free to access and might help you and your partner to navigate the issues you are facing:

And online courses for parents:

This is aimed at expectant or new parents but this is just as helpful for those of use with older children especially during Covid-19. We know that having a baby is one of the biggest life changes we can go through. We will be tired and stressed, and we may argue more.

The videos help us learn to argue better so that we can sort things out and move on together. Why stress should be a shared burden. It can also be accessed through baby buddy app see ‘You and your partner’. 

  • Free online parenting course from UK Charity Family Links and hosted by Netmums. This is an eight-session email course that guides you through different parenting topics and situations, helping you become a more confident parent. Many of the tips and skills can be applied to all relationships.

Online Safety

Please can I take this opportunity to remind parents to carefully monitor their child’s online activity always, but even more so during this period. If you have any concerns, or need any additional advice please contact me via admin@qehs.net

Mr Todd

Resources from Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police PREVENT team within Special Branch:

‘As you may be aware our children and young people are sadly vulnerable to being drawn into concerning activity of various descriptions through their online activity. The forced hiatus bringing the premature closure of our schools due to Covid-19 will create opportunities for those people around the world who would seek to prey upon the vulnerable. We can expect the use of the internet by children to vastly increase and remain at that level for an extended period.’

The below document includes additional information produced by the Home Office which you may find useful. Local Contact Information has been added to support you in the event that you do have a concern. As always, please contact school if you have a concern or need advice.