Parent/Carer Information & Support
In order to support our students and families during these challenging times, the Bexhill Academy website now has a section devoted to Covid-19. This will include updated support materials and letters as they are released. If you require any further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The following provides useful information and website links covering different categories to support parents/carers and children
Getting support with the cost of living
Please see our dedicated page: http://www.bexhillacademy.org/parents/support-in-dealing-with-bereavement-and-loss
Child Care and Holiday Provision Providers
2021 - Sidley Summer of Fun for Secondary
Government Parent Guide on a Voluntary Code of Practice for Out of Schools settings
This is also available in several community languages (links are at the top right of the web page)
Safeguarding under Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Safety Week 7 June 2021
East Sussex Public Health and partners are working together to reduce and prevent childhood unintentional injuries. In East Sussex, the rate of hospital admissions due to unintentional and deliberate injuries in children 0-14 years continues to remain significantly higher than the England average, with Hastings and Rother having some of the highest admission rates in the South East. Across East Sussex A&Es, each week, on average, there are 46 attendances for children aged under 5 years as a result of an accident.
For women and children against domestic violence
Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Relationship Violence
Do you Dare to Care?..........Find Out More
An Information and Support page, run by Women’s Aid, for young people who have experienced Domestic Violence and Abuse
Education and Attendance
Department for Education
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.
Government Website for Parents and Kids!
A-Z of information for Education and Learning
School Attendance, the Law regarding Withdrawal from Learning and the Impact of Absence.
School Performance Tables
Find schools and colleges in England and view school performance, characteristics, workforce, finance and Ofsted inspection outcomes.
Extremism and PREVENT
Concerns around Extremism and Hate Crime
Parents - We all want our children to live in a safe and loving environment so that they can grow up to become happy, confident adults. You will already know that your children can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home, and will have taken steps to protect them so they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential.
Extremism and Radicalisation
Extremism and Radicalisation - A Guide for Parents
This pack provides you with the relevant resources and information to ensure your establishment is compliant with the new duties under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The new duties are listed in sections 2 - 5 of this support pack
Forced Marriage/FGM/Honour based abuse
Advice and counselling for anyone affected by FGM
Family Healthy Eating Programme 2022 by School Health Team
Support for Parents/Carers with children who are resistant eaters
BHT Sussex provides advice to families that are getting into rent arrears or are concerned that they may get into rent arrears in the future due to loss of income, employment, or health issues
Support for Parents/Cares of LGBT+ students
As you will be aware, Bexhill Academy are working towards their Rainbow Flag Award to enhance support for our LGBT+ community. As part of this process, we are working closely with the All sorts project in Brighton. All sorts, in conjunction with the Self Harm Networking partnership, have launched some workshops for parent/carers of LGBT+ parents.
Support for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure of their sexuality
Resources and information for LGBT people
Campaign Against Living Miserably
A leading movement against male suicide
Hub of hope
A national database for mental health support
Me and my mind
An NHS service providing support to young people (aged 14-35) struggling with their mental health
Increasing awareness and access to support for anyone under 25 affected by OCD
On My Mind
Empowering young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing
Improving the lives of people severely affected by mental illness
Supporting Parents Helpfinder
Young Minds have created a useful 'Supporting Parents Helpfinder'. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child's mental health during the pandemic (and beyond).
Time to Change
We're Time to Change - With your help we can change the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems
Voice Collective is a UK-wide, London-based project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs
When Feelings Explode
Young Minds have created a useful poster highlighting ways to give support to children when they have angry feelings or outbursts and may help families start a conversation and talk about each other’s feelings.
An advice and counselling network
Behaviour Support and Advice - Got a Teenager?
Parenting teenagers can be likened to a rollercoaster, with many ups and downs along the way. Some parents see changes in their teenager almost overnight whereas others may see a gradual change. Teenagers can also experience highs and lows through changes in their lives, both emotionally and physically. You may feel more anxious as your teen becomes more independent and it can become harder to give them advice. Parenting teenagers can be an enjoyable experience with a little bit of preparation and we offer a wealth of information on the different issues you might face.
Benefit Help and Returning to Work
Information on help paying for childcare, including
4.Support while you study
5.Free childcare and education for 2 to 4-year-olds
East Sussex Parent and Carers' Council
Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about, as well as supporting parenting professionals. We believe that happy children come from happy families and currently support families to improve the outcomes for over 1 million children each year.
Financial Help for Lone Parents
Information including Child Benefit - eligibility, claiming and when benefit stops and Having a Child, Parenting and Adoption - legal rights, parental rights and child maintenance
Hastings and Rother Positive Parenting Guide October - December 2021
Information and Support for parents/carers of babies and young children
Open for Parents
Free parenting support is available to any parent who wishes to access it. There is a variety of support and interventions available, ranging from light touch advice to specialist group-based programmes.
Open for Parents (previously the Parenting Matters website) is an easy to use resource for parents who are looking for parenting advice or support in their local area. The website has useful information listed by age groups about common issues e.g. safety, nutrition, health, managing behaviour and mental health support as well as SEN/additional needs. The information will link parents to national and local sources of information and support
Parenting Guide - Jan - Mar 2022
This website, which is supported by the Home Office, aims to educate parents and carers about child abuse. There is lots of useful information for parents to access with contact details for other agencies they can contact should they have concerns. Please remember if you have a concern about any child at our school please talk to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Hillman)
Support for young people and families during the summer break
Top Tips for Separating Parents
The Family Justice Young People’s Board developed a video called ‘Top Tips for Separating Parents’
Welfare Benefits Project
From April 2016, the Welfare Reform project will be changing. The name will change to the Welfare Benefits project and the services delivered will be funded by the two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) covering Hastings and Rother and Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford. The project will no longer cover High Weald, Lewes and Havens CCG.
Active Sussex have teamed up with REBOOT, providing young people and their families access to local sports and activities, directly into their own homes. They offer a variety of online sessions to suit different interests and abilities that are FREE to access.
Health Advice for Parents, for Kids, for Teens and Educators
Health Advice for Parents, for Kids, for Teens and Educators
Measles - Useful Information
Public Health Information - Mumps
2020 - Updated Information regarding Mumps
Sexual Health Advice
Most teenagers would like to talk to their parents or carer about relationships and sex. It might seem difficult, but here are a few ideas on how to start the conversation.
Think Measles Poster
East Sussex County Council’s specialist family service, SWIFT, have produced two documents related to the use of pornography by young people. The first is an information leaflet for parents/carers, with advice on how to talk to their children about pornography. The second is a leaflet for teenagers.
Puzzled About Porn?
An educational guide for young people aged 13-18
Talking to Children about Pornography
A Guide for Parents/Carers
Safeguarding Children and Adults
Safeline is a specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse and to support those affected in their recovery
Stop It Now
Confidential help and support around child sexual abuse
A teaching guide for parents and carers
Safety in the Home
A toolkit of resources for parents and carers produced by East Sussex Public Health that focuses on a wide range of topics including accidental poisoning, burns & scalds, fire & electrical safety, choking, and safer sleep.
Keeping your little ones safe from accidents in and around the home during the Coronavirus Pandemic
On Line Safety
Connecting Safely Online
A hub of online safety resources for parents/carers and students with additional needs
Protecting your Children from Abuse On-Line
Fortnight Battle Royal - Guidance for parents
Online Safety Handout
Online safety: useful information for children, parents and staff
Social Media Library
Description : A list of commonly used social media sites and apps with a short description
Supporting Young People On-Line
The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.
What Parents Need to Know about Tik Tok
SEND and Learning Disabilities
A UK charity for people with a learning disability
Substance and Alcohol Misuse
Alcohol and Drugs - What Parents Need to Know
Information for Parents, Carers and anyone who works with Young People
In general, most young people, especially those under 16, trust their parents and will respond to any information and support you offer. However, as teenagers get older the culture gap may widen and communication may be more difficult. This does not mean you should not try. Before you do talk to your child about drugs, make sure you have accurate, up-to-date information about different types of drugs (explore our A-Z of drugs or FAQs) and make the time to have the conversation
Counselling Support for Young Carers
Care for the Carers' Teen Talk counselling service has expanded to provide support young carers living anywhere in East Sussex
The East Sussex 'Your Carers Team' to provide support and advise for young carers
Young Carers Newsletter March 2022
Young People and Gambling
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM)
A national charity with a social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young and vulnerable people, helping them build resilience and understand the potential harms caused by gambling and gaming
Young People and Parties
West Yorkshire Police has information for young people about the potential dangers of house parties on its website, and how to keep themselves safer.
Covid 19 Section
At Bexhill Academy, our students are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly on and off line. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. Bexhill Academy recognises that these challenges and risks have increased as a result of the Covid national lockdown and the increased access to remote learning and social media. The use of the latest technology is actively encouraged at Bexhill Academy to support remote learning, but with this comes a responsibility to protect students, staff and the school community from abuse of the system, both in school and at home.
Online safety is an integral part of safeguarding. Accordingly, the Covid Online Safety Addendum policy is written in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2020 (KCSIE) and other statutory documents; it is designed to sit alongside the academy’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and our Online Safety Policy. Despite the changes as a result of the national lockdown, our policies are fundamentally the same with the addendums setting out some of the adjustments we are making in line with the altered arrangements and following advice from government and the local authority. These Addendums will be reviewed regularly as the nature of the pandemic and local or national responses that involve remote education, or government guidance on how we should operate, significantly changes. These policies can be viewed in the section below.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) will take lead responsibility for any online safety issues and concerns and follow the school’s safeguarding and child protection procedures. Information for parents/carers and students regarding online safety can also be found on our academy website.
2022 - February Updated Risk Assessment for Full School
Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK Government Response
COVID Testing - Privacy Notice
COVID-19 Advice for Parents/Carers
When your child is unwell or injured
East Sussex campaign for safe travel to and from school
Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Message to Parents/carers from Sussex Police
Jo Shiner, Chief Constable of Sussex Police, has shared a letter with some advice for parents and carers regarding the key measures around the coronavirus restrictions and where parents/carers can go for advice around keeping their children safe
Online Safety Policy 2022-23
The COVID-19 Migrant Information Service
The COVID-19 Migrant Information Service is designed to provide information to migrants living in the UK about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the various ways the virus and the
associated government responses could affect their lives
The See, Hear, Respond Partnership
This is a new service funded by the Department for Education and run by Barnardos.