Getting Help
We are committed to working in close partnership with parents and outside agencies. We value the support and help provided by the large number of local and national support agencies that exist. They can be called upon to offer addition guidance on key topics. Outlined below are a selection of websites designed for young people and their parents.

Longsands Academy employs a resident qualified Integrative Adolescent Counsellor. She is a registered Accredited member of BACP British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adheres to their code of ethics and practice. She offers talking therapy and also opportunities to engage with art forms such as; painting, collage, puppets, sand tray, creative writing and music.

Counselling is a confidential service which offers all students support with emotional and behavioural difficulties and concerns such as;
Anxiety and StressAnger and FrustrationDepression
WorryingOver thinkingSelf-Harm
AbuseFearsLow self-esteem
Bereavement and LossIdentitySexuality
Relationship IssuesFamily IssuesBullying
Counselling takes place weekly, in school, and usually lasts 45/50 minutes. Counselling can last anything from 1 session to 6, 12 or longer depending on the individual and their needs.

Referral Process
Occasionally a member of Longsands staff will initiate or suggest a referral. Sometimes students themselves ask to be referred by speaking in confidence to a member of their Key Stage Support Team. A parent can also make a referral by phone, letter or in person.

Depending on current demand, it may be necessary to place a student on a waiting list for them to be seen, usually within 2 weeks. However, if there is a significant cause for concern and it is thought that the student would benefit from a speedier intervention, then the student/parent/carer will be advised to go to see their GP. If the GP has concerns they may refer the young person to CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service which offers counselling outside of school.
Anti-Bullying Websites  
Anti-bullying Alliance
Bully Busters
Digizen Game
Information for Young People & Families  
C-Card Cambs
Centre 33
Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
National Working Group
Child Sexual Exploitation - Warning signs for Parents & Carers
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
Sex Education Forum
Wud U?
Young Minds
Supporting Mental Health  
Keep Your Head
Reading WELL
Support for Sexual Identity and Gender  
Mermaids - Support for young people with gender concerns
LGBT Foundation - Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual students, their friends and families