Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder.

Support at home

Family Worker Support

The school employs its own Family Worker, Suzanne Laston and also has access to an Early Intervention Family Worker (EIFW) who can support parents when things are difficult at home. Jane Rogers, our worker, has a wealth of knowledge and can offer support on the following: bedtime routines, positive behaviour management, separation anxiety, managing screen time, sibling rivalry, and many other topics. School can refer you directly and this service stands alone from social care services. If you would like us to put you in touch with Jane, please contact the office at: office@cottenham.cambs.sch.uk

A child-friendly online toolkit to support children when they are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or are looking for some support from a safe source.
Growing up and moving into adulthood can be challenging – This can affect how you feel and have an impact on your well-being and mental health. This site brings together good reliable up to date information on mental health and well-being for children and young people, parents/carers and professionals.
CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service offers support to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and low mood, as well as those with significant emotional wellbeing difficulties arising from life events, such as bereavement and bullying. Online referrals can be made by parents or schools.
District Early Help Service Parent/Carer Support Line Phone: 01354 750420

We offer an opportunity to speak to a friendly professional from the Early Help District Children’s Team about any child or young person aged 0 to 19.  You can ask a question, request support about your child’s or young person’s behaviours, get help with new routines and boundaries, or maybe just talk about how you are managing parenting in the current situation.  We will give you advice, support, and help with signposting or just listen to your parenting experiences. You can telephone for support any time. Please leave a message with your contact details, someone will call you back (on a Tuesday or Thursday).

EIFA (Education Inclusion Family Advisor)