Specialist Education Support Network

Every child deserves an education

Parental Support

 

Parental Support

 

In order for SESN and its school to develop its whole schools approach we believe it is necessary to continually develop strong links with parents and carers and the home environment. We believe this positive involvement and engagement will improve your child's wellbeing, attendance, externalised behaviours, increase in a sense of belonging within out schools and further their attainment and progress. 

 

Parents are encouraged to contact the school staff if they are facing or likely to face any difficulties, and where the school may be able to assist in some way. We would always welcome any questions or queries you may have. 

 

Local Support

SESN and its staff will ensure we are able to signpost you and the family if you require any additional support. However you can access all the support available locally through the Lincolnshire Family Services Directory and Local Offer. 

 

Go to the Family Services Directory Homepage

 

Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Concerns

If you have any concerns around your child's mental health and wellbeing, please call us to discuss your concerns and observations as early as possible. You can also find additional information through our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy here

 

Attendance

If your child is absent from school, please inform us by 8.30am with a reason for their absence. If you are having difficulties with your child attending school, please contact our Centre Manager who will be able to discuss your concerns and work with you to seek options in order to support you and your child. You can gain additional information through our attendance page here

 

Further Education, Careers and Employment

If your child is currently exploring their further education options, school staff will support with impartial guidance and raise awareness of the opportunities available to them and how it looks to meet their personal and professional interests. Staff will liaise with you and your child throughout to ensure there is a smooth transition to further education. If you child has an EHCP, we will ensure regular communication with the further education provider in order to better understand your child's needs.

 

Additional information can be accessed through our Careers Pathway page here which will also provide you with a number of external website to offer additional advice and guidance. 

 

Confused by all the exam and college application jargon? Click here for our more accessible breakdown of useful information. 

 

County Lines

County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. The 'County Line' is the mobile line used to take the orders of drugs. Imported areas (areas where the drugs are taken to) are reported increased levels of violence and weapons-related crimes as a result of this trend. 

 

How do you know if County Lines drug dealing is happening in your area?

Some signs to look out for include:

  • An increase in visitors and cars to a house or flat
  • New faces appearing at the house or flat
  • New and regularly changing residents (e.g different accents compared to local accent
  • Change in resident's mood and/or demeanour (e.g. secretive/ withdrawn/ aggressive/ emotional)
  • Substance misuse and/or drug paraphernalia
  • Changes in the way young people you might know dress
  • Unexplained, sometimes unaffordable new things (e.g clothes, jewellery, cars etc)
  • Residents or young people you know going missing, maybe for long periods of time
  • Young people seen in different cars/taxis driven by unknown adults
  • Young people seeming unfamiliar with your community or where they are
  • Truancy, exclusion, disengagement from school
  • An increase in anti-social behaviour in the community
  • Unexplained injuries

 

What can you do if you have any concerns?

  • You are invited to speak to us and our designated safeguard lead on 01522 243172. 
  • You can speak to your local police by dialling 101, or in an emergency 999.
  • If you would rather remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you are a young person who is worried about your involvement, or a friend's involvement in county lines

  • A good option is to speak to an adult you trust and talk to them about your concerns.
  • You can also call Childline on 0800 1111. Childline is private and confidential service where you can talk to specially trained counsellors about anything that is worrying you.
  • Alternatively, speak to a children and young people's service like Catch 22. They work with children and young people of any age to help get them out of situations they're worried about, and have helped lots of children and young people involved in County Lines.

 

Online Safety, Cybercrime and Cyber secure

Not only should we protect our own devices and accounts from exploutation from other family members, but we also need overnight into how electronic devices are being used by our children to prevent them breaking the law either through ingorance or malicious intent. 

If you are concerned that someone you know is on the cusp of cyber criminality or may have already committed cyber offences, you can contact our designated safeguard lead or alternatively find out more information through Cyber Secure or email cyberchoices@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

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Key Staff:

Richard Bell - Acting Head of Centre and Designated Safeguard Lead

Nicci Simpson - Student Outreach Worker

Chloe Sinclair - Administration and Attendance