Health & Wellbeing Support
At Thornleigh Salesian College, we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure the social, emotional and psychological well-being of our students.
Bekindtomymind is a Bolton campaign supporting young people who are struggling with emotional or mental health problems to know “it’s okay to talk.” The website is filled with information and details of where to go for help.
Research states that the creation of strong mental health and well-being in young people will undoubtedly improve academic outcomes. In response to this and the changing needs of young people in today’s challenging world, Health & Wellbeing support is available.
Tips for supporting young people with anxiety
Supporting a young person through these anxious times.
Anxiety: we're all feeling it right now to some extent. For young people, we know it's a particularly anxious time, but there are lots of things you can do to support them. For example, creating a clear routine in the mornings with more flexibility in the afternoons can help, as one parent suggests in their tips for supporting an anxious child in lockdown.
If your child is struggling with anxiety, creating a 'worry box' together can help too. This also provides a good opportunity to check in with them. While your focus may be on the young people in your life, it's also vital that you look after yourself - three parents share their tips on our blog. You're doing a great job and together we will get through this.
Where does this fit?
At Thornleigh, our pastoral care system is central to supporting students and their families. The following 3 tiers of support remain in place throughout a student’s life at the College:
Tier 1 – Form Tutor
Tier 2 – Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year
Tier 3 – Senior Leadership Team
Wellbeing support, Safeguarding, School health & The Bosco Centre work alongside this tier system to offer support where needed.
What we do?
Some of the services we offer:
- Bespoke, child centred interventions
- Toot Toot website available for students to request support, assistance or advice
- Referrals to external services for ongoing and regular support of students and their families.
- Collaboration with external services to ensure student’s needs are continually addressed through Early Help and Child Action Meetings.
- Provide advice, support and information for students and their families through the School Website, Wellbeing Resource Station, Presentations and Guest Speakers.
- Staff and Parent Training Courses
- Delivery of Preventative Programs, Workshops, Presentations and Courses, developed and delivered in various methods throughout the College timetable.
How to access support?
Parents are asked in the first instance, where possible to make initial contact with the Year Teams. The Year Teams will address all concerns and make appropriate referrals where necessary.
By keeping the Year Teams informed at all times, they will be able to identify areas of concern in their Year Group and provide regular support for students.
Students are able to self-refer for support and are encouraged to do so.
Physical and mental health and emotional well-being
Castle Hill Centre – North Team
Telephone: 01204 463563
Text the school health team for confidential advice & support 07507 331753
The Parallel Young People’s Health Centre
The Parallel is part of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. It is a health centre specifically for young people aged 11 to 19 providing:
- General health and wellbeing clinics – anything to do with your health. Staffed by adolescent health nurses and specialist doctors.
- counsellor (emotional health practitioner)
- ADHD practitioner
- epilepsy practitioner
- senior practitioner CAMHS
- gay and bisexual youth group
Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. In this process, all services and agencies work together to support a family to address any issues.
The Early Help Offer includes universal and targeted services designed to reduce or prevent specific problems from escalating or becoming entrenched.
For more information on the early help assessment go to:
Bolton offers a number of services offering support and guidance for all aspects of life:
‘Families First’ is a Bolton programme, funded by the Government, which works with families facing serious problems, to “turn their lives round”.
Who is it for? Families First aims to support families who are experiencing a mixture of difficulties in their lives, including parents not being in work, children not attending school or being involved in youth crime or anti-social behaviour.
Any enquiries should be directed to the Family First Co-ordinator within Bolton Council’s Community Safety Team, Tel. 01204 331051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Behaviour Support Service
Advice on Positive Parenting Approaches. Bolton Behaviour Support Service provides a team of specialised behaviour workers who work with young people in schools. The school allocates students as appropriate to their need. The service also offers advice on aspects of positive parenting.
Send an email to email@example.com
Social / Emotional
Missing From Home
RUNA works with children and young people who have been reported missing from home. RUNA works in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, Bolton Council and school.
The RUNA project provides contact with every child who is reported missing to the Police in Bolton. The project workers meet with children and young people once they have returned home. They discuss the dangers and address the problems which cause them to run away. RUNA liaises with other organisations that can support both the individual and family in order to prevent future running away.
Contact RUNA on: 01204 385848 or see their website: Urban Outreach.
Targeted Youth Support Bolton
Targeted Youth Support is a community based service that works with young people aged 8 - 17 years old and their families who are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and/or offending.
Telephone: 01204 332232
Bolton Young Carers
Young Carers are children and young people under the age of 18, who provide care to another family member usually an adult, who has a physical illness/disability; mental ill health; sensory disability; has problematic use of drugs or alcohol.
Phone: 01204 540 100
Bolton Lads and Girls Club
Bolton Lads and Girls Club is a youth club and registered charity based in Bolton. They offer a range of targeted and universal provisions including sports, arts, mentoring and community outreach work.
For more information about the support available, how to make a referral and contact details, take a look at the Bolton Lads and Girls Club website
Young people’s mental health can fluctuate and this is absolutely normal and to be expected. Where young people’s mood is low for a considerable period of time and it impacts the things they would normally do, we would encourage you to seek advice and support.
The best websites to access for support are the following:
Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/
Kooth - https://www.kooth.com/
Action for Children – www.actionforchildren.org.uk
These websites have a parent helpline for you to be able to speak to a mental health professional who can provide advice and support if you have concerns.
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. They are a service offering help for children and young people, usually between the ages of five and 18 who live in Bolton.
CAMHS work with children and young people to help them cope when they are having problems relating to how they feel, how they think about things and sometimes how they behave.
Telephone: 01204 483222
Bolton Psychological Therapy Service
Bolton's Primary Care Psychological Therapy Service (Bolton IAPT) provides free, confidential talking therapies for adults aged 16 years and over.
Referrals through the following ways:
- Speak with your GP, or health and social care professional
- Self-refer by contacting Single Point of Access on 01204 483101
- Self-refer online via https://www.iaptportal.co.uk/bolt.html
We are here for you! Any young person aged 10-18 in Bolton struggling with low level mental health difficulties.
We can provide one to one support with a listening service worker via telephone, message and video call.
Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.
If you’ve been affected by crime, Victim Support can give you the support you need to move forward. Services are free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened.
Free Support Line 08 08 16 89 111
Thornleigh Salesian College is part of what is known as Operation Encompass.
This means that the Police routinely inform us of any domestic incidents so that we can best support our young people in school the following day as appropriate.
Phoenix Exit Team - Children at risk of exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation is the sexual abuse of children and young people by adults in order to obtain sexual acts. It can happen to both girls and boys of any age and from any background.
Technology is widely used by perpetrators as a method of grooming and coercing victims, often through social networking sites, such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, BBM (Blackberry Messenger) and mobile devices.
If you are worried that a child or young person you know may be being sexually exploited you should speak to PHOENIX EXIT, Bolton’s Child Sexual Exploitation Team for advice on 01204 337195 or email Phoenix.ExitTeam@gmp.pnn.police.uk
Drugs and Alcohol
Bolton Integrated Drug and Alcohol Services - BIDAS
BIDAS are an integrated Drug and Alcohol service across Bolton enabling and empowering individuals and their families to achieve their full potential, positive outcomes and improved Health and Wellbeing.
Contact BIDAS on: 01204 557 997 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
360° is a substance misuse service working with young people under 18 and their families and carers in Bolton.
It has substance misuse workers, support workers, an emotional health practitioner and a tier 2 coordinator who provides support and training to professionals working with young people in Bolton.
Tel: 01204 337330 or http://www.360online.org.uk
Children's Social Care
Worried about a Child?
If you are worried that a child may be being abused or neglected then please take action.
In an emergency call 999 or you can contact Bolton’s Referral and Assessment Team, part of the Multi-agency Screening and Safeguarding Service (MASSS) on 01204 331500.
Bolton Safeguarding Children
“Children and young people face many challenges as they grow-up. Sometimes as a parent or carer it is difficult to know where to go if you are worried about the safety of your own or someone else’s child.”
Bolton Safeguarding Children Board provide a wealth of support, advice and guidance for parents and carers to access: