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Domestic Abuse Support

Unfortunately, the number of domestic abuse incidents are on the rise. Please find below useful contact numbers if you are suffering domestic abuse. There is no excuse. Please seek help. Within the 'Additional Documents' section at the bottom of the page, you will find adult and children safety plans.


Mental Health Self-Care

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health Young people told us that when they are struggling they are usually told to see a professional. They don’t often get much advice about how they could help themselves. So, we spoke to professionals and looked at academic research. Then we drew up a list of strategies young people use (you can see the process in this self-care infographic). We also published a report following a consultation with young people and their families online. We're sharing these strategies with you to help you to manage your wellbeing. It’s up to you to decide what helps. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, stop and try something else. And you can help us build an evidence-base for these activities by letting us know what works by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help your mental wellbeing’ button on each page. This will help us decide which ones to research further. These activities are not a substitute for seeing a mental health professional. Sometimes we need outside help and advice. Getting help is good. No-one should feel bad about it. That’s what this site is about. This self-care section was developed by Common Room and young people from mental health support group Hearts & Minds.

Support with Self-Care


Blackburn with Darwen Help Hub

The Blackburn with Darwen Help Hub is here to help the local community who may need some support, this can be help with accessing food and other essential supplies to help get through these challenging times. There will also be staff and volunteers who can make phone calls to check on people to keep their spirits up while isolating at home. People can get in touch with the Help Hub:  By filling in this online form or By calling 01254 588111. Please keep updated on the latest via: www.theshuttle.org.uk and www.blackburn.gov.uk. We will be making contact with partners who may be able to take some referrals to provide localised support.


Blackburn Youth Zone

Blackburn Youth Zone are currently providing meals for children during the week for families who are in need. Please email them on enquiries@blackburnyz.org to organise meals and collection. If you are struggling, please do contact school and we will see what we can do to help.


Shelter

Shelter are an excellent charity, who can help with anything housing related, universal credit and benefits. If you are in need, please contact them by telephone on 0344 515 1831. Their website is: https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/local_services/blackburn


Free School Meals - Has Your Financial Position Changed?

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive 'Universal Infant Free School Meals', meaning parents/carers are not required to pay for school dinners if their child has a school dinner.

'Universal Infant Free School Meals' is different to 'Free School Meals'

Free School Meals

If you are eligible for ‘Free School Meals’, you MUST apply for this. The criteria and information on how to apply is below. If you are awarded this, you will not be required to pay for school dinners from Reception to Year 6 and the school will receive a small amount of money that can be used to support your child’s provision.

Are you eligible for Free School Meals? ****PLEASE APPLY EVEN IF YOU SEND YOUR CHILD WITH A PACKED LUNCH OR YOUR CHILD GETS UNIVERSAL INFANT FREE SCHOOL MEALS AS THE SCHOOL WILL STILL RECEIVE A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CAN BE USED TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD****

Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related employment and support allowance
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit (PCGC)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190
  • Universal Credit and have an income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £7,400.

Please note: if you receive Working Tax Credit you will not be entitled to free school meals.

Please go to: https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-meals to apply for 'Free School Meals'.

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact the school office on 01254 201419 or email office@stfrancis.blackburn.sch.uk


Additional Staying Safe Online Links

Childline (https://www.childline.org.uk/) - for support

UK Safer Internet Centre (https://reportharmfulcontent.com/) - to report and remove harmful online content

CEOP (https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/) - for advice on making a report about online abuse

Internet matters (https://www.internetmatters.org/) - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

London Grid for Learning (https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/default.aspx) - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Net-aware (https://www.net-aware.org.uk/) - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

Parent info (https://parentinfo.org/) - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

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St. Francis Church of England Primary School
Cherry Tree Lane, Blackburn, BB2 5NX
Mrs Barton or Mrs Algar
01254 201419