Please see below information and resources for students, parents and carers on mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Advice for Students
Advice for Parents/Carers
If any of these issues are affecting you or your child and you would like to speak with someone in school, please contact your child’s Head of Year or a Home School Link Worker.
For contact details, please view the following page: https://www.georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk/contact-us/
Home School Link Workers
At George Abbot, the role of the HSLW is to:
- Support parents, families and students on a wide range of issues;
- Help children and families increase school attendance and punctuality;
- Develop and maintain positive relationships and act as a link between the home and school.
The HSLW role is tailored to support the needs of your family and circumstances. We can help in many ways including:
- Enabling parents and children to discuss concerns or worries in a secure and safe environment, with a flexible and open-minded approach;
- Support and guidance to students in times of change and stress, such as parental separation or bereavement;
- Help students struggling with lack of confidence or low self esteem, are withdrawn or anxious;
- Assisting parents/carers whose children are reluctant to attend school or have been excluded;
- Offering parent guidance and support on a wide range of issues or difficulties impacting on their family life e.g. illness, domestic violence, disability, financial difficulties, experiencing difficulties with child’s behaviour;
- Undertake home visits to support families/children;
- Work closely with other agencies and help families to access other services, resources and local community information to meet their needs;
- Offering support in school meetings and appointments;
- Help to fill out forms such as Free School Meals (FSM), Early Help Support
Our George Abbot HSLWs are Rachel Neu, Emily Young, Karen Rhodes and Claire Daniels. Please contact reception on 01483 888000 and ask to speak with a Home School Link Worker.
Alternatively, please email:
- RNeu@georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk (HSLW Team Leader) – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – Year 11 and Sixth Form
- EYoung@georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – Year 9 and 10
- KRhodes@georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk – Thursdays and Fridays – Year 8
- CDaniels@georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk – Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Year 7
Any student can make an appointment to see the youth worker at any time. The school works with the Matrix Trust (https://matrixtrust.com/) to provide support for young people who need to get help and advice on a range of issues. To make an appointment to see one of our youth workers, your child should first speak to their Head of Year. Additionally, the Youth Workers will be visible on playgrounds and around school wearing their green Matrix jumpers, so that any child can speak to them directly.
School Mental Health Practitioner
Referrals to the school’s mental health practitioner can be made through the Head of Year. All referrals are confidential and placed on a waiting list, which is prioritised in order of need. Parental permission is required for counselling to begin and a signed document is needed from the child and parent/carer. Sessions usually last for 6 weeks and are reviewed at that stage. If you are concerned about the mental health of your child, you should contact your GP to make an appointment as well as informing the Head of Year.