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My child is being bullied at school

My child is being bullied at school

My grandson who is 6 is being bullied at school. We have been in contact with the school but they don't believe it is happening. My daughter has been to the doctor where they have taken photos and given my grandson sleeping medicine. My daughter has taken my grandson to school today, and she heard the teacher telling one of the parents whose son is one of the ones bullying my grandson; it’s not your son which has upset my family. We are at our wits end now what to do and where to go for the support for my grandson. I would be grateful for any advice you can give us.

Sorry to hear about your upsetting situation and the difficulties with the school. The website below has some very useful advice under the “Getting Support from the School” section. http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/what-to-do-if-your-child-is-being-bullied/

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Promoting mental health among students

Promoting mental health among students

What are the steps a school can take to promote mental health among students?

The mental health of children and young people is increasingly seen as a fundamental consideration for schools. This is a step in the right direction for all students but even more so for those living with chronic medical and mental health needs. A place to start is by looking at these resource  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-mental-health-in-schools-and-colleges. Lots of useful research based information on how schools can promote the mental health of students through policy and practice. Additionally, the PSHE association produces guidance and a range of teaching plans and resources for schools. https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/guidance-preparing-teach-about-mental-health-and

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My daughter has selective mutism

My daughter has selective mutism

I have been saying on and off for the past two years that my daughter has selective mutism but only in occasional situations outside home and at school. It’s perhaps gone on too long as it has not really been picked up by teachers.It came to a head on Wednesday when the head mistress gave a detention for not completing her maths work and only achieving one sum when to me this seemed harsh and also she must have been struggling to ask for help. Where do I get a formal diagnosis as for two years in her report they have labelled her stubborn and she is obviously uncomfortable in some situation. At home and in familiar surroundings she is fine but school isn't one of them. Please help!

It must be stressful for you all at present. The first thing we always suggest, if you haven’t already, is trying to talk directly to school, perhaps meeting with the SENCo to discuss your concerns. If you feel that you are not able to progress your concerns with school and you would like to talk to a Child and Adolescent Mental health (CAMHs) professional regarding your concerns you can pursue this through your GP. Alternatively you may find it helpful to call the Youngminds helpline: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/parent_helpline We have had very positive feedback from families that have used this service.

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