Emotional Health and Wellbeing
At Ravens Wood School we understand that there may be times when students need some support in managing new and often difficult situations. If your son is experiencing a specific medical condition please contact the school office or your son’s Head of Year in the first instance. This will ensure an appropriate care plan can be created in line with your son’s needs. Emotional health and well-bring is taken seriously at Ravens Wood School. Below is some information regarding our Student Counsellor Mrs D Floyd and the service she offers. Also below are details of organisations which may help when specific need arises and if external support to that provided by the school is needed.
If you wish to discuss any matters relating to emotional health please do not hesitate to contact a member of the pastoral team or the Assistant Headteacher Mrs M German at: email@example.com
The Ravens Wood School Counselling Service
What is Counselling?
Counselling is offered as part of the pastoral care system at Ravens Wood and is a skilled way of helping students to find ways to manage their challenges. The aim is to empower them to live in a more resourceful way by giving them a safe and confidential place to offload their thoughts and feelings without being judged. It is a therapeutic process which assists a student to focus on their particular concerns whilst also addressing and exploring specific problems, making choices, working through feelings of conflict and improving relationships with others. It enables students to gain a better understanding of themselves and situations as well as developing strategies to manage change.
Counselling is not….
Telling young people what to do. It is a process built on trust which enables them to find their own strengths and abilities which will enable them to reach their goals and make choices, whatever they might be.
Will it help?
Counselling does not suit everyone, but for those who are sad, lonely, confused, angry or wanting to make changes in their lives, it may be a helpful form of support. It is always the young person’s choice whether they wish to attend. They will be encouraged but not be forced to do so, and if they feel it will not be useful to them, their decision will be respected.
Is it confidential?
YES – with an important exception. What has been discussed remains confidential unless the young person gives their permission to tell someone else. If however it is felt that the young person is in danger of harming themselves or others, then there is a duty of care to escalate the matter appropriately, but the young person will be spoken to first to make them aware of what will happen and will be involved throughout.
How does an appointment get made?
Pupils are usually referred by a member of staff or carer, but they can also ask for counselling themselves.
Is the guardian’s permission required?
Not always – this will be discussed in the first session
Do parents / guardians get feedback?
Not necessarily. The young person’s confidentiality will be respected, but they are encouraged to discuss their issues with their parents / guardians.
How long will counselling be for?
This will largely depend upon the young person’s needs. They are usually offered 6 sessions, but this is reviewed regularly to check progress. Some may feel that just 2-3 sessions are enough to start to make positive changes, whereas others may need longer term support. Usually the sessions are weekly, but again depending on their needs, this can be fortnightly or as and when required. Sometimes students will be referred to outside agencies such as CAMHS if longer term or more specialist work is required.
What issues are explored in Counselling?
Typical examples include:
- Low self esteem
- Post traumatic stress
- Relationship / family breakdown
- Communication difficulties
- Substance abuse by self or others
- Depression and low moods
- Sexual and sexuality issues
- Eating disorders
- Self harming
- Emotional / physical abuse
Self image issues
For further information, please contact Mrs Debbie Floyd MBACP, School Counsellor
Youth Agencies for Emotional Support
Winston’s Wish –for bereaved children and their families
08452 03 04 05 (2p per minute)
St. Christopher’s Candle Project – for bereaved children and their families
0208 768 4500
Al-anon – support for relatives and friends of alcoholics
0207 403 0888
Alateen – support for children of alcoholic parents (ages 12-17)
0207 593 2070 (part of Al-anon)
NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)
0800 358 3456 (freephone)
SNAP – LBGTQ Youth Group and mental and sexual wellbeing
FRANK –information and confidential advice regarding drugs
0300 123 6600 live chat 2-6pm
Bromley Changes – drug and alcohol support for under 18s
0208 313 1107 07920 813660
Bromley Community Wellbeing – face to face and on line self- help and support for the emotional wellbeing of under 18s
0203 770 8848
Bromley Children Project – one to one and group support for families including courses and workshops
0208 461 7259
0800 11 11
- 9b Station Road, Orpington 11am – 9pm 016898 33000 (visits in person)
- Central number - free from landline or mobile 116 123
Safeguarding issues can also be addressed through a member of the Safeguarding team: Mrs M German, Designated Lead Safeguarding Officer firstname.lastname@example.org, Mrs C Henry Safeguarding Officer email@example.com or Mrs M Lester Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding Officer firstname.lastname@example.org