There are times in a young person’s educational career when a limited placement at a special needs school will help him to overcome the behavioural, emotional or social problems he displays. But retaining links with his mainstream school is important. When this is identified, the school works in partnership with the Children’s Services and the mainstream school. A typical example of how Chaigeley would support this need would be for one of our staff to accompany the pupil on the day or days that he is at his mainstream school.
Chaigeley provides a broad range of additional support for our pupils. The pastoral care of pupils is an essential element of meeting their special needs and making progress. On a daily basis, pupils have access to the Pupil Support and Therapy Services (see links) for both timetabled or ‘drop-in’ support as/when needed.
The links between day and residential staff have been recognised by Ofsted as “fostering pupils enjoyment and achievement positively”. We also strive to develop positive relationships with parents/carers of our pupils , and with relevant outside agencies, so that each individual pupil gets the support they need to succeed at school.
Therapeutic support is considered an important part of the overall care for children who experience emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. The goal of therapy at Chaigeley is to enhance the development and personal wellbeing of the pupils, as well as provide advice and support for staff. By offering psychological support to the pupils we can support them to reach their true potential, both academically and personally.
Concerns leading to referral may include:
- Low Self Esteem
- Lack of respect
- Lack of co-operation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Problems with friends
- Poor Self Image
- Difficulty forming healthy relationships
- Poor communication/social skills
- Difficulty in understanding or dealing with emotions and feelings.
In support of addressing behaviours displayed, Chaigeley have a therapeutic team that can offer an assessment, intervention and outcome process. Therapeutic sessions can take on a one-to-one basis, in pairs, or in small groups.
The Therapy service at Chaigeley currently includes: Mentoring, Coaching, Anger Management, Counselling, Bereavement Counselling, Psycho-Educational sessions re: substance abuse, Speech and Language Therapy, weekly visits from a Psychology Assistant and regular visits from a Chartered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. We are introducing
Play Therapy in the near future too.
Pupils are often referred by staff but they can self-refer too. From September 2014 pupils will also be able to self-refer via the VLE. Parents/Carers are also welcome to refer or request support. We have a Therapy Coordinator who facilitates this service and also researches additional therapies valuable to our pupils and seeks to develop the department to deliver these services.
Support is provided by external agencies as and when required
The pupil support team are an experienced group of staff members who are on duty every day. They carry out practical tasks, such as ensuring all pupils are safe and accounted for, supporting specific lessons etc. but they are also on hand to deal with any issues which may arise during the school day. These may include: providing a ‘time-out’ facility for distressed or agitated pupils, mediating between pupils, helping pupils to reflect upon their behaviour, working individually with pupils – either in the classroom or designated work area, escorting pupils to medical/dental appointments, attending multi-agency meetings, to name just a few areas where they support pupils on a daily basis. The pupil support team has strong links with the therapy service, and also the Student Council.
Chaigeley has a self-contained flat within the main building which resident pupils, who are approaching the end of their school career, occupy so that they can start to acquire the life skills necessary for adult life. For example they are provided with money to buy the food of their choice and then prepare their own evening meals. They also have to get themselves up in time for school in the mornings. This helps them gain the confidence to fend for themselves, but with knowledge that staff are on hand should they have any problems.
Pupils can earn external accreditation (AQA) to demonstrate that they have participated successfully in a programme devised specifically to help young people develop independent living skills. This programme is particularly valuable to pupils who may be about to leave residential/foster care.
The school has recently started the development of a Play Therapy program and has enlisted the services of David Taransaud, a well respected practicioner in the field to lead the initiative.
In school we have 3 staff trained as tutors of Team Teach. This training is for all members of staff that work directly with the young people who display challenging behaviours.
- How to reduce the use of physical intervention and risk
- The use of verbal, non-verbal de-escalation strategies before positive handling techniques are required
- Using the least intrusive positive handling strategy and a continuum of gradual and graded techniques
- Legislation and policy
2 inset days are set aside each year for staff training.
This page provides a range of useful links to help parents keep their children safe.
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Please be aware that the Criminal Records Bureau (which carries out suitability checks on adults) has been replaced by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Suitability checks will still be made by the DBS. More information can be found on the DBS website. References to CRB will be changed as school policy is updated.
This website gives practical advice about the services offered in relation to the safeguarding of children in and around Warrington. Information is given on how to make a referral along with a list of useful contacts should you have a concern or require advice. Use this site if you have a concern about any child.
Know IT All for Parents: This website provides a unique, interactive guide to help you keep up to date with how children use the Internet and how you can support them in keeping safe. It is produced by ChildNet International.
ThinkUKnow for parents:This website, from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, has a section dedicated to parents with lots of useful advice. In particular check out the parent webcast!
Go OnThe GoON website provides a range of free online courses to help adults who are less confident users of computers and technology. As well as a whole range of general courses, the site includes courses on keeping yourself and your family safe online.
Social Networking:This website, from ChildNet International, gives some useful advice on social networking, which lots of young people use on a daily basis.
NSPCC advice for parents: The NSPCC website has a section for parents with advice on Internet safety.
Guide to mobile phone safety: This section of the T-Mobile website has useful advice regarding mobile phone safety for parents.
Chaigeley policy on the checking of new staff: This policy outlines how we as a school go about ensuring new staff are safe to work with young people. Please note CRB as been replaced by DBS (as above).
At Chaigeley School we value the importance of recognising and promoting good mental health and wellbeing in our pupils’ and staff.
What is mental Health?
“ A state of (complete) physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”
“ The emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our own, and others, dignity and worth”
The World Health Organisation
We are developing a whole school approach to promote resilience and improve emotional wellbeing, preventing mental health problems from arising, and providing early support when they do.
We want to use different activities to inform our pupils’ what mental health and wellbeing is all about, listen and support.
We want to train our staff so they are well prepared to support pupils’, parent / carers
Below is a list of some useful websites that can be easily accessed to provide further help and support.
In order to provide a innovative solution for young people who need 52 week care and education provision Chaigeley School has entered into a solid partnership with 1st Affinity Fostering Services. Together we have developed a joint outcomes framework that focuses on developing independence for complex young people aiming for a reintegration into their own chosen communities when they reach young adulthood.
Although 52 week residential care can be effective, the ethos behind our integrated approach is based in the belief that a family unit creates the foundation for a good support network that allows independence to be fostered and nurtured and is therefore more effective at developing the ‘whole self ‘. The integrated Fostering with Education package provides a residential 38 week education package and then supports young people during the holiday periods through a consistent foster placement. The foster carers are specialist in the BESD field and undergo training alongside school staff and have access to specialist support networks. Foster carers take on the role of ‘active parent’ during the 38week period and attend meetings, reviews and school events to support the active engagement of pupils. This provides a ‘normalising’ experience for pupils, who will have peers attending school on a 38week basis that return home to family units during the holiday periods. The most exciting element of this provision is the potential to develop resilience for young people who may find long term foster care too challenging to cope with. This innovative model will also focus on developing the capacity to accept a longer term fostering relationship and will support an integration towards this if appropriate, it also supports skills needed to aquire independence within a community, which can be more difficult to nurture in a traditional 52 week residential provision.
This solution not only supports an ‘active parenting’ model but also provides a more efficient way of achieving better outcomes for young people.
If you would like to know more please contact either Toni Bailey, Principal or Colin Tucker, Director 1St Affinity and we would be happy to outline a bespoke solution for any young person.