Wellbeing and Additional Learning Support

We provide a hub of wellbeing services to help you make the most of your time with us. There’s a variety of services on offer including:

LEAP Mentors

The Learning Engagement Achievement Progress (LEAP) Mentors (you meet yours during induction) provide a holistic wrap-around service which will support you to be successful in your future life and career. This includes mentoring you to maximise how well you learn (did you know there’s actually a wide variety of styles of learning – we can help you find out which works best for you) and progress in all aspects of development including:

  • personal skills
  • social skills
  • educational skills
  • employability skills
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • wellbeing

 

Safeguarding team

Our dedicated Safeguarding Team help college to provide a safe environment in which you can learn, work and enjoy your time with us.
If you need help to stay safe, or you are at risk of or already experiencing harm; the college Safeguarding Team will take appropriate action to ensure you stay safe in college, at home and/or in a work based setting. All college staff and employers receive appropriate training to support students and apprentices. This includes identifying risk of harm for students and apprentices and how to make appropriate referrals for support. You will also receive safeguarding information and advice on how to report concerns if you are worried about yourself or others at any point during your studies.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Every member of the college community has a responsibility for safeguarding, all doing their part to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe. That includes all staff, Governors, volunteers, students and employers.
If you have any concerns about your safety or the safety of others, email us at ccsafe@chesterfield.ac.uk or call us on 07584384838. We are based in the Wellbeing Hub, South Block at the Infirmary Road site, you can also call in to the hub to report your concerns too.

Counselling service

Life at college can be rewarding, fun and exciting, but it can also be a time of stress and worry. There may already be a whole range of difficulties and dilemmas affecting you, making your life difficult to manage and scary to navigate. It may begin to feel overwhelming and too big to manage on your own.

Counselling offers you a safe, confidential, non- judgemental space, to focus and re-frame your thinking and how you behave, and gain a different perspective. This can lead to changes in how you feel about yourself, your place in the world and your relationships. Issues brought to Counselling include: Depression, Anxiety, Relationships, Self-harm, Suicidal thoughts, Low self esteem, Anger, Pregnancy choices, Loneliness,Bereavement and loss, Divorce and separation Reactive Trauma, PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder, Eating disorders, BDD body dysmorphic disorder, Sexuality, Gender identity, Flashbacks and nightmares along with many more.

 

Additional Learning Support

We pride ourselves on making learning accessible for all, therefore, we provide a range of flexible learning support for people with additional needs. The support we offer includes:

  • Literacy and numeracy support
  • Support for dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorder
  • Vision impaired support including enlarged print and braille literature
  • Support for the deaf/hearing impaired
  • Assistive technology and specialist computer software

Early Help

At Chesterfield College, we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students, apprentices and their families.

The aim of Early Help is to provide the right support and intervention to students, apprentices and their families at an early stage to prevent an increase in need or escalation of problems by offering information, advice and support.

Early Help Assessments are used nationally and are a keep part of working to support families, we will ensure the process is completed in a timely manner in order to prevent further deterioration of problems and issues that the student/apprentice/family are experiencing.

We will work closely with the student/apprentice/family to explore what support is needed and what is working well in their lives and what can be shared between professional services and agencies, with a view to implementing positive interventions and solutions for best outcomes for all.

The EHA is a shared assessment for use across all children’s services in Derby City and Derbyshire. It aims to help the early identification of children and young people’s emerging needs where a child and family would benefit from co-ordinated support from more than one agency (e.g. education, health, housing, and police) help to promote coordinated service provision to meet them.

The assessment is a family based assessment; this means that each child’s needs / strengths can be captured within one assessment. The aim is to help children and their families by:

  • Encouraging and promoting practitioners to understand children and their family within their own, unique context. Recognising the importance of early and outcome focussed planning in interventions.
  • Aiding relationship building in our practice and acknowledging that relationships can be an agent for change.
  • Helping us articulate why we are intervening in children’s lives to children themselves, their families and to other involved practitioners.
  • Promoting sustained improvements to the quality of the lives of children and their families.
  • Engaging the child, young person and/or parents/carers and support them to participate in and take responsibility for their contribution to a collaborative assessment.
  • Listening to the voice of the child /young person, taking into account their wishes and feelings wherever possible, and include considerations of their age, family circumstances and wider community context in which they are living. This should be recorded throughout the assessment process.
  • Supporting the child, young people and parent / carer to adopt a self-determining, solution focused approach.
  • Ensuring accessibility for all concerned, including the efficient use of time and access to the means needed to undertake an assessment (e.g. equipment, interpreter);
  • Being transparent with families so that the purpose of the assessment is clear, the discussion is open and honest and there is no hidden agenda.

As part of the Early Help Assessment process, we sometimes need to utilise the support of our external agency partners and host TAF (Team around the family meetings. This ensures that all professional support services can help move forward with the process ensuring best outcomes for all.

Early Help Assessment Form

Early Help Assessment Guidance

TAF Meeting 

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