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Mental Health Week 2020

This week is Mental Health Week. Follow the link for excellent resources.


EP information updated 4th May
ASD support
Hartlepool carers and young carers
Daisy Chain Update
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated 30 March 2020
Letter to parents
Advice from EP Service
Community Services

c/o North Ormesby Health Village

14 Trinity Mews

Tel: (01642) 263030


Dear Parent, Carer


Sent on behalf of NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group


Due to the massive impact of COVID-19, NHS England released guidance about releasing capacity from community services to support the response in acute care. A list of priority areas have been provided which Community Services providers must follow. These areas are:

  1. Support home discharge of patients from acute and community beds, as identified in the new Hospital Discharge Service Requirements, and ensure patients cared for at home receive urgent care when they need it


  1. By default, use digital technology to provide advice and support to patients wherever possible


  1. Prioritise support for high-risk individuals who will be advised to self-isolate for 12 weeks.


In light of this, NHS England has issued guidance across Adult and Children’s services where community services should stop, or only be partially provided until 31st July 2020.

We are working closely with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, South Tees Hospital Foundation Trust and County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust to monitor the impact of the guidance.  

Below lists some specific areas where access to services has changed which are important that you are aware of and contact numbers for key services that your family use.

COVID 19 is unlikely to cause a serious illness in children, but please remember children can still become seriously unwell from other causes that are always around. Please do not let concerns over COVID 19 stop you from contacting medical services. If you are not sure if your child needs to be seen please go to for advice or contact 111 or your GP. If you think your child is seriously unwell call 999.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the DCO for further support.


Yours Sincerely,


Ruth Kimmins

Designated Clinical Officer


Some Information Sheets From Liverpool CAMHs
Trail Blazer
Trail Blazer
“In the event of school closures  - If your child is feeling low in mood, worried or anxious and requires support from the schools Mental Health Support Team then please email your child’s name, school, year group and your telephone number to and someone will contact you. Your Mental Health Support Team is available Monday – Thursday 8.30-5.00pm and Fridays 8.30-4.30pm. Please note that we are not a crisis or out of hours emergency service. If you have serious concerns about your child’s mental health and wellbeing then you must contact your local CAMHS Crisis service on 0300 013 2000 Option 6”
Hartlepool Hub Support
Daisy Chain
Support Groups

This is a list of support groups that might be able to give extra support at this difficult time.

I will try to keep the links active. This was written on March 27th 2020. Updated on 7th June 2020.


Little Treasures

They have a growing number of venues in the North East, ran by volunteers many of whom are autistic themselves.



What is PDAPDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is widely understood to be a profile on the autism spectrum. PDA individuals share characteristics with others on the spectrum and also have a distinct cluster of additional traits. Find out more here.


Young Minds

 UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health



 Information & supportFor children and young people; ... “We understand mental health and wellbeing”


Action for Children

Online counselling and support for children and young people

At Fens Primary School all pupils, regardless of their particular needs, are offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school, and ensure that they feel they are valued members of the wider school community. We offer a range of provision to support children with communication, interaction, cognition and learning difficulties, social, mental and health problems or sensory and physical needs. We have high expectations of all of our children and we believe that it is the entitlement of all our children to achieve their full potential.

When children are assessed and identified with SEND, we will ensure that their needs are met through Quality First Teaching and that additional support is given where required, either within school or in collaboration with specialist external agencies. Children with SEND will be taught and managed sensitively with a view to promoting their inclusion in all school activities, as far as it can be reasonably arranged, and also to promote their independence.

The Co-ordination of SEND within Fens Primary School

Mrs. C. Atkinson is the SEND coordinator for the whole of the school, and, in-line with legislation, she has undertaken and gained the National Award in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination.  If contact is required, then please phone the school on (01429) 870405, or email the school ( for the attention of Mrs C. Atkinson. We offer an open door policy and requests for appointments can be made in person at the school office.

Mrs. L. Fryer is the identified governor with responsibility for SEND.

Mrs. S Pugh is the Parent Support Officer, and she may also be able to help with some SEND questions. 

If parents have any concerns about their child they should contact their child’s class teacher in the first instance. Alternatively, they may make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Atkinson, the SEND coordinator, or Mr. Cornforth, the Head Teacher.

SEND’ Provision

Once a child is placed on the SEND register, discussions are held around the desired outcomes, including the expected progress and attainment for that child. The views and wishes of the child and parents are central to this discussion. An IEP will be written with specific and time limited targets set; a provision map will be written and this will be reviewed termly. Parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress and the targets support on a termly basis, however the class teacher and SEND Coordinator  will be available for other appointments if this is desired by the parents.

Fens has a graduated response to interventions and targeted support and this is in line with the Hartlepool Range Documentation.

Range 1: Quality first teaching for all, including differentiated classwork.

Range 2/3: Children receive additional, time limited and targeted interventions. These interventions may involve group work or one-to-one support.  This will be closely monitored for impact on attainment.

Range 4i and 4ii: The SEND Coordinator and class teacher will work with specialists to select effective teaching approaches and/or more specialist interventions in order to support the child’s progress. Additional funding may be applied for to support children in these ranges.

Education Health Care Plan

Statements of Educational Need are being replaced with Education, Health and Care Plans. The Department for Education has also introduced Personal Budgets to accompany these plans, which may give parents more control over the support their children receive.

If a child’s progress is of significant concern, the school, after consultation with parents and other professionals, will consider a needs assessment from the Local Authority (LA). Parents can also request a needs assessment to be carried out.

If the LA agrees to conduct a needs assessment, it will include the parents in the assessment from the start and make them aware of the opportunities to offer views and information.

A needs assessment does not always lead to an EHCP , but the information gathered during the needs assessment may indicate ways in which the school can further meet the needs of the child without a One Plan.

When the LA does issue  an EHCP, it will notify the child’s parents and give the reasons of the final decisions and the final plan will be issued. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that SEND provision meets the needs of the child and secures the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care.


Home School Partnership

  • Parents’ views are always welcomed and their views respected. At all stages of the SEND procedure the parents’ concerns and views are taken into account.

  • The parents of all children are offered termly consultations with the class teacher and an annual report at the end of the academic year.

  • In addition, parents are welcome to make an appointment to meet with Mrs Atkinson (SEND Co) or Mrs Pugh  (Parent Support Officer) to discuss any concerns or progress made.

Pupil Views

  • The views of the children matter to us.

  • Children on the SEND register are aware of their termly targets and are asked about their views on their own strengths and weaknesses, plus the support they would like to receive.

  • Children who are on a One Plan are asked more formally about their opinions and their learning.

Staff Development

The school is committed to providing professional development to ensure that our staff are up to date with changes in SEND provision.  We monitor, review and develop all of our staff through internal provision and external agencies where this is appropriate.

Please click on the link below to view our SEND policy

Fens Primary School SEND policy

Please click on the link below for the 2019 SEND report

SEND report

Please click on the link below to view the Fens Accessibility Plan

Fens Accessibility Plan

Please click on the link below to view the Hartlepool SEND Local Offer

Please click the link below to view the Hartlepool SEND Home Page

Please use the email address below for Hartlepool Infrmation, Advice and Support Services who work with families and pupils up to the age of 25 years who are new to the Education and Health Care Needs assessment process.

Please click on the link below to view the referral process for Independent Support Services, who also support families with the Education and Health Care Needs assessment process.