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Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) Support

Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) Support at Collingham

The school's Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) Leader is Mrs Shaw. Mrs Shaw is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and has completed the DfE-funded Senior Mental Health Lead Training with Place2Be. She has also accessed specific training around anxiety, bereavement and ????


Our Social, Emotional & Mental Health Governor is TBC.


We also have qualified Mental Health Champions across the staff team who have all completed Place2Be's Foundation course. These staff are: Mrs Bolton, Miss Duggleby-Letheren, Mrs Hesketh, Mrs Meek, Mrs Myers and Mrs Seaton.


There are posters around school that let the children know that they can talk to any grown-up at Collingham School. They will always listen to how they are feeling and they will always try to make them feel better.


However, these posters also name all of the above staff - who have been specially trained - so that the children can talk to them if they would prefer.





All staff in school have completed training with Child Bereavement UK so that - as a school - we were better placed to support families when a baby or child of any age dies, or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.


Following this training, we created a whole school Bereavement Policy (see attachment below) which sets out how the school would support children, parents and staff with bereavement; provides advice to staff and parents; and also includes a comprehensive list of websites and written resources that might be useful.


Should you require further advice, you can call the Child Bereavement UK helpline on 0800 02 888 40. They will provide confidential support, information and guidance for families.


You can also visit their website or email them directly at


Practical tips to support children’s behaviour, mental health and wellbeing


Place2Be's Parenting Smart is an archive of 51 different topics that can impact so many families across our school community on a day to day basis. Sometimes, we just don't know where to start to help our children during their times of need or when we start to question why they are displaying certain behaviours.


For each of the topics, there are short factsheets to read as well as some accompanying videos that explain how you can help your children in all of these situations. 


By clicking on the image above, you will be able to gain free access to all of the factsheets.

The topics include:


1. My child doesn’t want to go to school


2. How can I support my child after a traumatic event?


3. De-escalation techniques with children


4. The importance of limits and consequences for children


5. How to ignore irritating behaviours effectively


6. My child keeps getting angry and lashing out


7. My child struggles with changes and endings


8. My child is anxious


9. Helping your child develop a positive body image


10. Playing with my child


11. Supporting healthy gaming habits


12. My child has friendship issues


13. I’m going through a break up and want to support my child


14. Having your child develop talents


15. Supporting children with homework


16. Co-parenting after a separation or divorce


17. My child thinks they need to be perfect


18. Understanding shyness in children


19. Problem-solving with children


20. My child says “I hate you!”


21. My child has trouble going to sleep


22. How do I get my child to listen?


23. Building listening skills for parents


24. Talking to my child about race and discrimination


25. Helping your child understand cultural identity


26. Helping children develop positive gender identity


27. Helping your child prepare for Secondary or High School


28. My child is struggling with peer pressure


29. My child is being bullied. What can I do?


30. My child has meltdowns


31. Using praise and reward with children


32. My child might have bullied someone


33. My child and I keep getting into arguments


34. My child just says no to everything


35. My child still wets themselves


36. Helping your child when they start or change primary school


37. Family mealtimes are turning into a battleground


38. Safe social media for primary aged children


39. Reading with your child


40. My child pushes my buttons


41. My child is stealing


42. My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?


43. Raising a resilient child


44. Healthy habits for parents


45. Understanding sexual development to support your child


46. Building secure relationships with children


47. Creating routines and rituals to help your child


48. Supporting your child when someone dies


49. My child is feeling sad or low


50. Help your child manage separations and goodbyes


51. Understanding sibling rivalries