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If you have any any concerns about your child's mental health or as a family you would like some extra support, please speak to your child's class teacher or you can contact via the school office:


Mrs Sue Summers - Parent and Family Support Advisor

Ms Taylor - Safeguarding officer

Mrs Canuku - SENCO

Mrs Briffett and Miss Newbury - Pastoral support

Mrs Bond and Miss Williams - Well-being and mental health co-ordinators



Talking about death


  • Children can experience a variety of grief reactions.
  • Emotional responses .
  • Physical responses .
  • Behavioural responses . Children may exhibit none, some, or many of these responses.


When talking about death:

 use simple, clear wordsTo break the news that someone has died, approach your child in a caring way. Use words that are simple and direct. For example, "I have some sad news to tell you. Grandma died today." Pause to give your child a moment to take in your words.

Listen and comfort. Every child reacts differently to learning that a loved one has died. Some kids cry. Some ask questions. Others seem not to react at all. That's OK. Stay with your child to offer hugs or reassurance. Answer your child's questions or just be together for a few minutes.

Put emotions into words. Encourage kids to say what they're thinking and feeling in the days, weeks, and months following the loss. Talk about your own feelings: It helps kids be aware of and feel comfortable with theirs. Say things like, "I know you're feeling very sad. I'm sad, too. We both loved Grandma so much, and she loved us, too."


Useful websites:

  • www.childhoodbereavement.ie/families/children-and-grief/
  • https://www.barnardos.org.uk/how-to-talk-to-your-child-about-grief
  • https://www.winstonswish.org


If it would help to talk through your feelings then here are some links which may help:


Childline https://www.childline.org.uk/

Mind.Org https://www.mind.org.uk/

NHS     https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/talking-to-children-about-feelings/


REMEMBER as a school we are also always hear to listen ,care and support the young people and families of Hamp Academy. Come and speak to us on the gate, make an appointment via the office or classdojo.

50 ways to build a child's self-esteem

The five essential steps of Emotion Coaching:

  • Be aware of your child’s emotion
  • Recognize your child’s expression of emotion as a perfect moment for intimacy and teaching
  • Listen with empathy and validate your child’s feelings
  • Help your child learn to label their emotions with words
  • Set limits when you are helping your child to solve problems or deal with upsetting situations appropriately


ChatHealth is a new mobile health service for parents and young people in Somerset making it easier to get health and wellbeing advice. Available Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

  • Parents of children 0-4: Confidential help from the Health Visiting Team for parents and carers of 0-4 years. Just send a text 07480 635514
  • Parents of children 5-19 years: If you have a child 5-19 and looking for confidential help and advice? Just send a text to your School Nurse Team. Text 07480 635515
  • Young People 11-19 years: Discreet and quick. If you’re aged 11-19 it only takes one text to start making a difference. You’ll get confidential advice from a local School Nurse. You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. Text 07480 635516  

You are never too young to talk mental health - tips for parent and carers