Social Emotional and Mental Health Support

In the Leathersellers Federation of Schools we aim to:

  • provide appropriate support for all students who have Additional Educational Needs;
  • to promote an ethos of inclusion
  • to enable all students to access the curriculum and achieve their full potential

Providing advice and guidance is an important step in achieving these aims.

There are a small number of students whose needs necessitate additional support from specialist external agencies, many of which can be accessed through referral by your GP. In addition, there is a wide range of skilled support available to students and parents on the internet. We have listed a number of support agencies below under these headings:

  • Self-harm
  • Disordered patterns around eating habits
  • Mental Health
  • Counselling

We are also aware that specific recommendations are also helpful and we have included these appropriately.


Self-harm does not always just affect the individuals carrying it out, but also their friends, family and other people around them. Self-harm can be lonely and isolating and caring for someone who self-harms can be emotionally exhausting.

There is no single cause or event that leads directly to self-harm, but rather a series of risk factors combine to increase the likelihood that a vulnerable individual will start.

Self-harm is a coping mechanism, therefore it is necessary for the individual to learn about safer alternatives. Students have told us that they find www.kooth.com useful as it is a confidential way of accessing counselling for young people. We provide information about kooth in in our schools.

Our policy is that it is unacceptable for students to self-harm in school; we have a rule that any self-harm marks on arms should be covered by long-sleeved tops for P.E. and that students should not show their cuts to their peers.

We are happy to support in any way we can, but we always advise parents and their daughters and sons to see their GP so that they can offer the appropriate advice and referral to meet needs.




Alternatives to self-harm

  • Soothing/Stress Relief/Distraction:
  • Going for a walk, looking at things and listening to sounds
  • Create something: drawing, writing, music or sculpture
  • Going to a public place, away from the house
  • Keeping a diary or weblog
  • Stroking or caring for a pet
  • Watching TV or a movie
  • Getting in touch with a friend
  • Listening to soothing music
  • Having a relaxing bath

Releasing emotions:

  • Clenching an ice cube in the hand until it melts
  • Snapping an elastic band against the wrist
  • Drawing on the skin with a red pen or red paint instead of cutting
  • Sports or physical exercise
  • Using a punch-bag
  • Hitting a pillow or other soft object
  • Listening to or creating loud music

Help for young people

Professional Help:
School Counsellors
School Nurses
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services* - CAMHS
*Usually through referral by GP or other professional

Helplines and Online Information/Support:

Young Minds

0800 1111

116 123



National Self Harm Network – NSHN

The Site

Help for parents and carers

Professional Help:
School Nurses

Helplines and Online Information /Support:

Young Minds

Young Minds Parent Helpline:
0808 802 5544
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm)

116 123

Mind (over 18s only)



Royal College of Psychiatrists



The Maudsley Hospital


Disordered patterns around eating habits

While rates of clinical eating disorders are low, estimated from 1% to 3% of the general population, more subtle forms of disordered eating are difficult to pinpoint and mare more widespread.  People’s focus on size and weight, diet and exercise means that disordered eating is more widespread; such disordered patterns can also by their nature be episodic.