If you’re worried about the impact of coronavirus on your mental health, you are not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic is a new and uncertain time for all of us and will affect our mental health in different ways. However the way that you are feeling right now is understandable. With the right help and support, we can get through this. 

During this difficult time we understand that you might need someone to talk to in person about how you are feeling.  If you are worried or concerned about anything you can contact a member of the Welfare Team on talk2us@sdcc.net . If you complete the google form someone will make contact with you by email to arrange a telephone call.  There will be members of the team available from 9.00 to 11.00am and 1.00 to 3.00pm.


Student Welfare Information

During the Coronavirus Pandemic our Welfare Team is available to offer support to students and parents.

As a school we are committed to ensuring that our students are safe and understand how to keep themselves and others well.

In the event of self-isolation or closure, our school safeguarding and welfare staff are still available. 

Addendum Stoke Damerel Community College: Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Covid 19



If you are worried or concerned about yourself or others, please contact our Safeguarding Team via the email below, where we will try to answer any questions. This includes if you have any concerns about online bullying or behaviour.



The safeguarding team are:

Simon Kelly 

Rachel Miller

Cheryl Dickinson

Siobhan Easterbrook

Alex Halambiec


Parents / Carers

If you are worried about your child during this period please contact the Safeguarding Team by using the safeguarding@sdcc.net  

If you have a serious concern about a child or young person's wellbeing, you should contact the Plymouth Gateway Service; the child or young person may be someone in your own family, or friend’s or a neighbour’s child.  Plymouth Gateway Service is made up of a team of professionals who can offer advice and support about a variety of issues, including how to keep children safe.  


Plymouth Gateway Service can be contacted on 01752 668000

Select Option 1 – Children’s Services.  

Or email: gateway@plymouth.gov.uk. 


You can also contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.  If a child, young person or an adult is at immediate risk of harm, please contact 999.



Stay active and have fun!

The College is supporting a free resource launched by Sustrans, which is offering families a range of content outlining different activities that children can enjoy at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sustrans Outside In is a weekly newsletter sent to parents and carers over the course of four weeks. There are five activities themed for wellbeing, keeping active, being creative, investigating and ‘anything goes’, as well as a challenge to keep children active during the lockdown restrictions.

The programme has been designed by the registered charity’s knowledgeable Schools Officers and includes videos, games, cycling, walking and scooting-themed fun. 

Miss Le Page said: “I've signed up for this myself and the activities look great, especially for our younger students. It’s completely free, so why not give it a go!”

Parents who would like to take part, can register at the Sustrans website using this link.


COVID-19 Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities


Supporting Children with Learning Disability/ASD - Coping with Covid 19 Isolation


How to help your teenager with staying home during lockdown


Net Aware: Your guide to social networks, apps and games


Useful Websites

NHS England



NHS Public Health www.publichealth.hscni.net,



Jeremiahs Journey https://jeremiahsjourney.org.uk/
Foodbank https://plymouth.foodbank.org.uk/


Feeling a little low and need some support?
Then click on links below…


CHILDLINE 0800 1111
A free and confidential helpline for children
and young people in the UK. Lines open 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.

NSPCC 0808 8005000
Advice, guidance, help, support or to take
action on your behalf if you have concerns
about a child who is either being abused or at
risk of abuse.


Charity aimed at providing emotional support
to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to
cope, or at risk of suicide.
Email jo@samaritans.org or telephone (open
24 hours a day).

Grief is a natural process, but it can be
devastating. Cruse Bereavement Care is here
to support you after the death of someone
close. They offer a range of free confidential
support for children. 

An anonymous, free online counselling and
emotional wellbeing service for children.

MIND 0300 1233393
Confidential help on a range of mental health


YOUNG MINDS 0808 8025544 (parents’ helpline)
Committed to improving the emotional
wellbeing and mental health of children and
young people.


If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are
unable to cope and need support, text Shout
to 85258.


Help and advice for families in a digital world


Is your child or the child you are caring for experiencing anxiety, worry or stress? 

Are they experiencing psychological or emotional distress?

Do you need to talk to someone who can offer support and advice? 

This service is open to Children, Young People, Parents, Carers and Professionals

The Urgent Mental Health Support Telephone line is open now 24 hours a day,
7 days a week on 01752 435122 for advice and support.




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