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Links for Parents and Students:

Home Learning is an integral part of life at Dover Christ Church Academy and as such links closely with the Academies long term curriculum design, a fortnightly timetable for all Home Learning available in school.

SIMs Parent App Launch PDF

E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents/carers and students improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way. Please find some useful links below:

Children's Commissioner: Talking To Your Child About Online Sexual Harassment - A Guide For Parents December 2021

Since March 2020, thousands of young women have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment through the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ project. This is an online platform where girls ‑ who are still mostly in school – have described growing up in a world where harassment, including sexualised comments, slut‑shaming and the sharing of nude pictures, is part of their everyday lives. This harmful behaviour happens online and offline. I’ve seen this first‑hand during my time as a headteacher and I know how stressful and damaging it can be for children, especially girls.

Of course, boys can experience sexualised bullying too, and when they do it’s often in the form of homophobic abuse, or through pressure to be more ‘masculine’. Read more here

St James' Place Parent Carer Webinar January:
Read more here

Kooth: We're here over Christmas & the New Year:
With the dark nights drawing in and the frost appearing in the morning, we know Winter is on its way. For many, December is a month of joyful family time, wrapped gifts and twinkly lights. However, for some young people, it can be a very lonely and difficult experience.

With this in mind, I wanted to make you aware that Kooth.com is available right throughout the Christmas & New Year break for all 10 - 25 yr olds across Kent... Read more here

The Parents Protect website:
The Parents Protect website aims to help parents and carers protect their children from sexual abuse and exploitation. There is information and guidance on warning signs, creating a safety plan for a family, as well as online safety. Call 0808 1000 900 for advice or click here: https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/

Below are posters created by National Online Safety, please download the full size.


12 Social Media Online Safety Tips Poster

Online Content 10 tips to keep children safe online Poster

What Parents & Carers Need to Know about Poster

What parents need to know about Facebook Messenger Poster

What trusted adults need to know about Social Media and Mental Health Poster

Facebook Online Safety Tips Poster

Friends and Followers Online Safety Tips Poster

Live Streaming Online Safety Tips Poster

Omegle Online Safety Tips Poster

Snapchat Online Safety Tips Poster

What Parents need to Know about Discord Safety Tips Poster

What Parents Need to Know About Gaming, Streamers and Influencers Safety Tips Poster

What Parents Need to Know About Likee Safety Tips Poster

What Parents Need to Know About YouTube Safety Tips Poster

SEND Newsletter - Website
Many parents and carers of children and young people may find the first few weeks back in school, or going to school for the first time, quite a challenging or worrying time.

The SEND newsletter always has a lot of information about help available for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

In this edition, three Kent teachers share insight into preparations that take place in school, as well as tips and advice that have worked for other parents to help you during this time. You can sign up to receive future issues here: https://mailchi.mp/kent.gov.uk/kent-send-signups

Information from: Mr Mussett - Joint Leader of Aspen 2

Kooth - Website
Your online mental wellbeing community: Kooth Website

Mood Spark - Website
This site has loads of information, things you can do, video clips etc… around how you are feeling and getting support – there are offers of online training such as in mental health first aid for young people to do as well if this was something you were interested in. : Discover Mood Spark

Linwood Youth Hub - Facebook
Your online mental wellbeing community: Linwood Youth Hub Facebook

Release the Pressure - Website
Online mental health support 24/7: Release the Pressure website

Kent Youth Health - Website
Online emotional support during Corononavirus (Covid-19): Kent Youth Health website

Young Minds Crisis Messenger: 24/7 text message service for young people needing immediate mental health support. Text ‘YM’ to 85258

Websites that are Helpfull to Young People and Children:

Barnardos - Website
Online service making sure no vulnerable child feels unseen this summer: Barnardos website

NHS School Health - Website
Online support for Secondary school students [aged 11-19] NHS School Health website

Websites that are Helpfull to Parents who Need Help for Themselves:

Wheel of Well-Being - Website
Improving Body, Mind, Spirit, People, Place and Planet Wheel of Well-Being website

Live Well [Kent] - Website
Online mental health and Wellbeing Courses Live Well [Kent] website

Our Place - Website
Different programmes you can work through around different areas of parenting/young people’s development Our Place website

Centre for Mental Health - PDF
Top tips to promote resilience whilst at home Centre for Mental Health PDF

Kent Resilience Hub - Website
Kent Resilience Hub: Resilience Webinar for Parents Kent Resilience Hub website

Community Pantry at Dover Big Local - Website
Community Pantry at Dover Big Local: Creating a sustainable and long-term solution to food poverty and helping the UK Community Pantry at Dover Big Local website

Websites that provide SEN [Special Educational Needs] Support:

The National Autistic Society - Website
The National Autistic Society: Transforming lives and changing attitudes The National Autistic Society website

Autism Education Trust - Website
Autism Education Trust: The brand new transition to employment toolkit Autism Education Trust website

The Kent Autistic Trust - Website
The Kent Autistic Trust: A better life, A better future website The Kent Autistic Trust website

IASK (Information Advice & Support Kent) - Website
IASK (Information Advice & Support Kent): Providing free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support about special educational needs IASK website

Includes Us 2 - Website
Includes Us 2: Listening, supporting and empowering disabled children and their families Includes Us 2 website

KCC SEND Newsletters - Website
KCC SEND Newsletters, A monthly newsletter which you can sign up to, it provides really useful information for parents in respect of children with SEN KCC SEND Newsletters website

IMAGO: Kent Young Carers - Website
IMAGO: Kent Young Carers, Young Carers are a group that have been particularly identified as ‘being lost’ throughout the pandemic and as such there is funding and additional resources to support these young people regardless of what level of caring responsibilities they have (right down to just having a sibling with identified needs such as ASD) IMAGO: Kent Young Carers website

Reconnect Kent - Website
Reconnect Kent, It's time to reconnect Kent children and young people Reconnect Kent website

Miscellaneous websites benificial to Parents and Students:

Kooth - PDF
Free online parent information for wellbeing and mental health support: Discover Kooth

Family Learning Courses - PDF
Details of Free, Fun and Informal Courses for Parents, Carers, and Their Children: Family Learning Courses

Counselling support:
Are you feeling low, anxious, or stressed? Are you living with a long-term health condition and feeling worried about your health? Are you finding it hard to cope? NHS funded Talking Therapies (also known as IAPT) can help.

For free NHS talking therapy or counselling please contact:

  • Insight Healthcare 0300 555 5555
  • Dover Counselling Centre 01304 204123
  • University Medical Centre 01227 469338
  • We Are With You 0300 0120012
  • Refer yourself into your local NHS talking therapy service: Link Here

Dover District Open Access Services South Kent - April 2021:
Dover Youth Hub can still offer support to young people, parents, families or children over 8 years old or we can help find the right service to help…Download newsletter for more ways which we can help you. Download PDF

Kent Young Coach Academy (KYCA) - 2021:
We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Kent Young Coach Academy (KYCA), open to young people aged 15+ that have just started their sports coaching journey, or those already coaching in a community setting and keen to receive further training.

Deadline for applications – Friday 30 April 2021 APPLY NOW

DCCA Attendance Posters:
Information about punctuality and full attendance and how important these are to a student’s education and future.

DCCA Attendance Matters Poster

DCCA Attendance Information for Parents Poster

Confidential Texting Service for 11 – 19 year olds
Chathealth confidential texting service for young people aged 11-19 is provided by Kent Community Health. Young people can text the school health team about any concerns or health issues on 07520 618850. The number is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Parents, young people and schools can access a range of helpful information and resources via the Kent Youth Website, please follow the link: https://www.kentyouthhealth.nhs.uk/

Further details about the service can be found here: https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health/chathealth/

Invitation to BeFree Webinar - PDF
Find out how BeFree can support your young people, how to refer, how BeFree is operating at the moment, plus Q & A.: Download Info Sheet

Open Access Information Sessions: Buckland and Whitfield Children's Centre - PDF
1:1 appointments with an Early Help Worker who can advise and support families: Download Info Sheet

DCCA Virtual Library - PDF
Visit the library here: DCCA_Virtual_Library

Kent Police - At-home learning and activity packs for children
https://www.kent.police.uk/police-forces/kent-police/areas/kent-police/campaigns/campaigns/2020/parent-resources-activity-packs/

Childline
0800 1111
www.childline.org.uk

Young Minds
0808 802 5544
www.youngminds.org.uk

NSPCC - Online safety with the NSPCC
0808 800 5000
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

CEOP
www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre

The Parentzone - Experts in digital family life
https://parentzone.org.uk/

AACOSS
www.aacoss.org
enquiries@aacoss.org

In-game chat: How to keep children safe.
https://parentzone.org.uk/article/game-chat-what-parents-need-know

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