Child Protection & Student Well-Being
When a parent or member of staff recognises there is a problem with a student in their group e.g. attendance dropping, becoming withdrawn, changes in usual behaviour, or known emotional issues – depending on the issue these concerns need to be discussed with the appropriate member of staff immediately. Various interventions can then be put in place to support the student and/or family.
Miss H James, Mr M. Everest, Mr Keys, Mr Smithson, Mr Harris, Miss Thomas and Mr Harris are also Safeguarding officers.
CRUSE work in Blenheim one to one with students when needed. Jigsaw Southeast formerly Jigsaw 4U also offer grief support for students experiencing the death of a significant person. They often work in conjunction with Macmillan.
Pastoral Facilitators have a mentoring role and work on such areas as motivation, self-esteem, and organisation with individual students and small groups . We have two learning mentors in school four days per week. Tania Gauci (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) and Steve Loizou (Tuesdays). Our Wellbeing Ambassadors in Year 9 offer support to students coming into Year 7. The mentoring outlined here is in addition to any mentoring offered by the SEND department.
The School Nurse sees students at our request or at the request of other agencies e.g. Children’s Services - this could be to discuss dietary issues or sexual health for example. Students can also speak with the school nurse in confidence at the weekly drop in sessions held on Wednesday mornings in the office directly opposite the Drama department.
If you are a student at Blenheim and feel you would like to discuss a concern with a member of staff please feel free to discuss it with any member of staff that you trust. They will be able to reassure you and refer the matter on to the best person to resolve the issue for you.