Trauma Informed Schools (TIS)

www.traumainformedschools

Trauma Informed Schools Approach

Here at Constantine Primary School we believe in providing every child with the opportunity to experience an outstanding education, both academically, emotionally and socially. We believe that by identifying the barriers to learning, providing an inspiring and relevant curriculum that considers the whole child and providing the necessary support for children to achieve and develop, all children will reach their true potential.

We are committed to ensuring that our school develops a Trauma and Mental Health Informed Approach to ensure that all our children develop positive mental health and resilience, enabling them to fully engage in life and learning. There is a growing body of research and understanding of the impact of Childhood Adversity on long term mental and physical health and the protective factors that mitigate the potential impact. It is our aim to maximise the protective factors of school by creating an environment of safety that has strong, positive, supportive relationships at its heart.

The school has undertaken extensive whole school training, provided by Trauma Informed Schools UK so that every adult has the skills and understanding to respond appropriately to the needs our children may display. We have specially trained Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioners to support children who are identified as requiring additional support.

Our TIS practitioners are

  • Mrs Anthea Alexander
  • Mrs Carly Kent

Our aim is to support children to make sense of their experience, find ways to manage their emotions and feelings and ensure that they maintain the capacity to learn, despite difficult events that may happen for them.

USEFUL LINKS

The websites below are recommended for advice and services on a range of subjects and offer advice and support for children and parents in different aspects of family life.

www.youngminds.org.uk

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Young Minds offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. They can provide information about organisations that listen, and they offer online support and info. 

www.familylives.org.uk

Family Lives is a charity that supports parents in all aspects of family life including child development, schools and parenting/relationship support. They also offer advice around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, risky teenage behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.

www.winstonswish.org.uk

The death of a parent, brother or sister is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. At Winston’s Wish, they believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives. The Winston’s Wish Helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a bereaved child or young person.

www.childbereavementuk.org

This charity helps children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

www.littleparachutes.com

Little Parachutes lists a vast range of picture books that help children cope with worries, health issues and new experiences. They cover really challenging topics such as divorce, serious illness, operations and bereavement to name a few. There are also recommended books to encourage children to behave well, explore their feelings and develop positive traits such as resilience, confidence, courage, gratitude and kindness.