COVID-19

Safeguarding
If you have any Safeguarding concerns, our Designated Safeguarding Leads will be available during school hours (8.45 am – 3.30 pm). Please contact us on safeguarding@homewood.kent.sch.uk should you need to speak to anyone.
 
Outside of school hours any Child Protection and Safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Kent Social Care and Health ‘Front Door’ – 03000 411111 (outside office hours 03000 419191) and/or the Police on 101/999.  

Free School Meals

Any queries regarding Free School Meals can be emailed to finance@homewood.kent.sch.uk

Free School Meals – are you eligible? Click here for more information.

Apply for your KCC Travel Pass now to have it ready for our return to school in September.  Closing date for applications is 9th August, 2020.

Free School Meals – How to use your vouchers

Please see the linked document for a useful guide on how to use your Free School Meals Vouchers.

Click here to view the PDF document.

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support

If your son/daughter is needing support Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support during their time away from school, our website has resources for both parents and students:

https://tenterden-schools-trust.com/homewood/wellbeing-centre/

There are also a number of external support agencies available:

  • The Single Point of Access (0300 123 4496) can provide information, advice and support.
  • text the word “Kent” to 85258. This is a new 24/7 text service provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line as part of the Kent and Medway Release the Pressure campaign. This is suitable for people of all ages
  • Accessing org.uk or kentresiliencehub.org.uk to learn about mental health and find tips and resources to keep emotionally healthy.
  • Texting ChatHealth for support around physical and mental health on 07520 618850. The number is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • Self-referring to the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service at nhs.uk/forms/school-health-service-referral-form
  • Accessing the Big White Wall if aged 16+ for anonymous support through com
  • Accessing the National Autistic Helpline org.uk for advice and support

Kent Educational Psychology Service

For a limited period of time, the Kent Educational Psychology Service are offering free consultations via video/phone call for 30 minutes, where parents/carers can talk to an educational psychologist. The aim of this service is to provide advice and guidance to support children’s wellbeing and learning during the time of school closures.

If you would like to make use of this service, please contact: kepscommunitysupport@kent.gov.uk.  With your name, phone number, the time of day that would be most convenient to be called back and a brief description of what you wish to discuss.

Coronavirus

Guidance around supporting children and young people’s wellbeingduring the coronavirus outbreak.

Click here to view the PDF document.

Helping children and young people to manage anxiety

A practical guide to supporting pupils and students during periods of disruption.

Click here for more information.

If you are in need of local guidance and support, the following local organisations are available:

Kent Together

24 hour KCC helpline to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. 

www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling 03000 419292. 

Ashford Borough Council

Support for people who live in Ashford who are in need of guidance and support.

help@ashford.gov.uk (email)

East Sussex County Council

Support for people who live in East Sussex who are in need of guidance and support.

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanningandcommunitysafety/coronavirus/

Ashford Food Bank 

https://www.familyfoodbank.org/ashford-ffb.html

Tenterden

https://www.mytenterden.co.uk/directory/helping-in-tenterden-listing-1774.aspx or by calling 01580 761060

https://www.mytenterden.co.uk/upload/di/ot/4/dilisting-1774-listingdoc1.pdf

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Here are some useful links and informationto help parents and carers, for more informtion: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Home Cooking Recipe Book 

Mrs S English has put together a Home Cooking Recipe Book for families to use whilst they are at home. 

Click here to view the Recipe Book.

Ashford Food Bank – Can you help?

If you would like to support some of our families, and others in need during these challenging times, donations can be made to the Ashford Food Bank via an online transfer.

Their bank details are:

Sort code: 60-19-04

Account number: 23659130

Thank you. I know that any support will be very much appreciated.

If you are in need of their support, please visit their website for further information:

https://www.familyfoodbank.org/ashford-ffb.html

Working at Home

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