Safeguarding and Wellbeing
At Forefield Junior School, we are all working together to create a safe, secure and happy environment where children are able to reach their full potential.
Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead
As Designated Teacher for Safeguarding, Mrs Russell is the person to talk to if you have a worry or concern.
Mrs Barton is another person to talk to about safety issues, especially when Mr Swift and Mrs Russell are unavailable.
The CAFÉ (Care & Advice For Everyone)
The CAFÉ is a reflective space where support is provided to equip pupils with the skills they need to overcome whatever barriers they may be facing.
We have two Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) - Mrs Elston and Mrs Rainford. ELSAs are specialist teaching assistants with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by Sefton’s Educational Psychologists. An ELSA’s aim is to help children feel happy in school and to reach their full potential by removing barriers to learning. Mrs Elston and Mrs Rainford are on hand to support children as they join the juniors and move through to the end of Year 6.
Mrs Elston and Mrs Rainford are also trained Drawing & Talking Practioners. Drawing & Talking is a Therapeutic Intervention that can be used for both children and adults. Drawing enables a child to express worries and preoccupations from deep in the mind that they would not be able to talk about. Over time, the child can sort things out, regain a feeling of control over events and move on.
Counselling service "Brighter Horizons 4U" works in close partnership with FJS. Pam is our designated counsellor who is available to offer support and advice for school, parents and children. The service provides confidential support to the children in the calm safe space of the CAFÉ.
The Happy Hub
In November 2021, not long after lockdown was lifted and the world was slowly starting to get back to some sort of normality, many children found that they couldn’t cope with a classroom environment and struggled from the day to day routines, so we all sat down, had a chat and we knew that things had to change in school, so that’s when we decided to set up The Happy Hub.
Mrs Newell, our Learning Mentor, joined Forefield the following February and thankfully, it has gone from strength to strength.
Some children may need a little bit of help or support with their work, a quiet 5 minutes away from the classroom, a craft lesson, a game of pool, a quiet corner to sit and reflect or just a person to sit and talk to - The Happy Hub is the place for them to go. They will always feel safe, cared for and made to feel very welcome.
The door is always open to any child that needs some ‘time out’. The children can even come and have their packed lunch with their friends here too!
Every afternoon, Mrs Newell works on a 1-1 with children from all the year groups. The sessions change each month. The Happy Hub sessions can vary from gardening one week to arts and crafts the next!
If you need to talk to Mrs Newell at any time about The Hub or any worries/issues you may have about anything at all then please email or phone the school office and leave a message. She will get back to you as soon as possible.
Anti-Bullying Alliance - The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying. On their website, you will find links to all things bullying including the definition of bullying, research, online CPD training and lots more about preventing, recording and responding to bullying of children and young people.
BBC Children's Wellbeing - Five steps to help with children's wellbeing
Brighter Horizons 4U - BH4U is a counselling service which provides counselling for children, families and schools.
Bully Busters - The website contains information and practical advice on bullying, as well as contact details for the free helpline.
Kooth - An online mental wellbeing community
Mentally Healthy Schools - Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured mental health resources, information & advice for schools and further education settings in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
NHS Every Mind Matters - Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing and make them part of your daily routine.
NSPCC: Children's Mental Health - Advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm
Partnership for Children - The website includes free wellbeing activities for children.
Place2Be - Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.
Young Minds - Fighting for young people's mental health
Keeping Safe Online
The Internet is amazing! We can use it to help us learn and to play games. We can use it to keep in touch with our friends and family by email, instant messaging and social media. We can download the latest chart hits, stream movies and TV shows and watch live broadcasts from across the world. The Internet has become such a useful tool that it is difficult to imagine how we ever lived without it!
As with all tools, it is important that we know how to use it safely and understand the dangers we face when we don't use it responsibly. On this page, you will find a number of very helpful links to help both children and parents ensure that we always stay safe online, along with a monthly Online Safety Newsletter from Knowsley City Learning Centres.
Links for Children
Think U Know - Visit CEOP's website to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
Choose your age group:
Childnet Primary Zone - Find the latest information on the sites and services that you like to use, plus information about mobiles, gaming, downloading, social networking and much more.
Links for Parents and Carers
Net Aware - From Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and Tumblr, Net Aware is a simple no-nonsense guide for parents to the social media, apps and games that kids use.
Internet Matters - Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online. Supported by leading experts, they have developed this online portal specifically designed for all parents to access simple, easy and practical advice so that you can make confident, informed choices when it comes to children’s online safety.
NSPCC Online Safety - It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, the NSPCC can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.
Common Sense Media - Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They aim to empower parents by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help you to harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Childnet - Home to 'Know IT All for Parents', a unique interactive e-safety guide for parents and carers produced by Childnet International. It's designed to help you as a parent or carer keep up-to-date with how children are using the internet, and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly.
Think U Know - for Parents and Carers - CEOP's website aims to make online parenting simple.
Parent Zone - Parent Zone provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. The aim is to help parents to help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.
UK Safer Internet Centre - Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
Get Safe Online - A unique resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.
Online Safety Newsletter