Key Information

Student Welfare

Welfare is concerned with the emotional and physical well-being of all students at TWGSB.

We understand that there can be many challenges facing teenagers and their parents, both at home and at school. Welfare assists with ongoing pastoral and medical support, any concerns of a sensitive nature, including child protection issues, and with counselling provision. If you have any of these concerns, we have a range of support services that we can offer and recommend, so please let us know. Please see the Contact us section on the school website.

Pastoral

Contemporary issues facing teenagers may include:

Family break-up Friendship/Relationship issues
Drugs and Alcohol Exam Stress
Long-term illness Bereavement
School transition Cyberbullying
Self-harming, Low self-esteem other mental health condition

All support and discussion is offered in a sensitive and discreet manner.

We recognise the value of early help and within school we have a tiered structure of support to enable students to access swift and appropriate assistance. We are able to offer appointments involving peer & welfare mentoring, pastoral talks and counselling. Pupils may be referred for assessment via the Head of Year, parents or the students themselves before being allocated a substructure of care. We are also able to refer to various external KCC agencies.

The school counselling service offers weekly sessions for students, both during school hours and after school. Counselling is person-centred and non-judgemental. All information discussed during an appointment will remain confidential between the pupil and the counselling service, unless it relates to a Child Protection issue (see the school’s Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy). Brief confidential notes are kept by the counsellor, and a weekly appointment log is kept securely by the service. Students are made aware of the staff involved in their care. Attendance at any counselling appointment is voluntary, and pupils may withdraw at any time.

We are also involved in providing support for vulnerable students through close involvement with various school clubs: Young Carers, Club44 and FUSION sixth form mentoring and peer counselling.

Welfare is responsible for worrybox@twgsboys.kent.sch.uk , an electronic version of a worry box which provides a discreet opportunity for students to express any worries (small or large and on any matter) without needing to be face to face.

Medical

Any student with an ongoing diagnosed medical condition is required to have an individual careplan, drawn up by their parent or carer and discussed with a member of welfare. A careplan form can be found here. Please complete the form and then make an appointment with welfare to discuss arrangements.

The school is not able to provide medication to students with headaches and the like. Many headaches can be avoided by sufficient hydration and correct diet. The school provides water fountains and students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school which may be refilled during breaks. However, for students diagnosed with migraines please contact the Welfare Office to discuss a careplan.

If pupils require prescription medication whilst in school, please complete a Stored Medicine Registration Form which can be found here and ask you son/ daughter to bring it along with the medication to the Welfare Office where it can be stored. No medicines are allowed to be in school without the prior knowledge of the welfare office. Please provide the minimum quantity of medication necessary and where possible medication should be taken out of school hours to avoid disruption to your child’s school day. If your child has Asthma, Diabetes or requires an Epipen, he/she must carry medication with him/her at all times. We will also need a named spare for the school to store in case the original is lost or damaged.

It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school of any changes to their child’s medical condition, medication and to replace out of date medicines stored by the Welfare Office. Any medication that is no longer needed or expired will be sent home via the student unless expressly requested by a parent/ carer. The medical information you provide will be taken to the hospital with your son/ daughter should the need arise, so it is imperative that our records are up-to-date.

Students who feel unwell during the school day should go to the welfare-medical room where they will be assessed by a member of the welfare team. A decision will be made as to whether the child requires to go home and a parent will be called. Children will only be signed out as sick if they have visited welfare.

The welfare medical room is open 8.45 – 3.30 Monday – Friday.

Daily concerns about your child’s progress and well-being should be mentioned to the form tutor in the first instance.