Pastoral care

At Belmont Castle Academy we have a responsibility for the care, well-being and safety of all pupils. This includes the social and emotional well–being of all children and extends to their families when required. The whole School ethos provides a basis for this policy with a focus on a pupil and parent/carers centred approach.

Aim

The team at Belmont Castle Academy aims to ensure that pupils are happy and secure in whatever activity they are taking part in, whether social, spiritual, mental, emotional or physical. We have a caring commitment to guide and support pupils equipping them with skills needed to live in the outside world.

Good Practice in working with children and families

  • To create and maintain an atmosphere where pupils feel they are well known, safe, valued, respected and happy.

  • Staff to respond in a positive and sympathetic way to the concerns, fears and worries of the pupils and parents and carers.

  • To build an atmosphere of trust and support for all stakeholders.

  • To enable pupils to fulfil their potential and to equip them with the skills they will need in adulthood.

  • To promote in pupils the self-awareness and self-confidence to face challenges and to make positive choices in daily life.

  • To establish and maintain appropriate and supportive relationships with parents and carers so together we can prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that they will encounter now and in the future.

  • To offer appropriate intervention to children and their families where support and care is needed

Implementation of the Pastoral Care Policy

All members of staff have a duty of care to pupils. It is also the duty of all Teachers and TA’s to know who in School is the most appropriate adult to deal with more complex issues.

Support for Children

  • To offer a safe environment where pupils can share their feelings and concerns.

  • To support children to solve problems and make the right choices.

  • To actively listen to children and to provide support when they face difficult and challenging times.

  • To provide a counselling service from a CACPB qualified counsellor

  • To provide Pastoral Support Plans for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

  • To offer peer mentoring to children.

  • To provide appropriate intervention groups, programmes and individual work.

Liaison with Parents

As with all children it is acknowledged that liaison with parents is a vital element in the creation of a good home/school partnership where effective communication is key. It is our intention to work with parents and carers in a non-judgemental way and ensure that relationships are built on honesty and trust.

Support for Parents/Carers

  • To offer a safe environment where parents/carers can share their feelings and concerns

  • To actively listen to parents and carers when they face difficult and challenging times and to offer advice and support where appropriate.

  • To work pro-actively with parents and carers when developing Pastoral Support Plans for children.

  • To support families using the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) in order to gain outside intervention where necessary

  • To offer Powerful Parenting; an inclusive programme designed to promote effective parenting/carer strategies and where parents/carers can share experiences and network with others in the community.

Associated Policies

  • Behaviour & Anti bullying

  • Positive Handling

  • Anti-bullying

  • Safeguarding

  • Equal opportunities

  • Visitors

  • Attendance

  • Special Educational Needs

  • PSHCE

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