As we approach Christmas, we are all hoping for a restful, peaceful and enjoyable festive break, but we are also mindful that Christmas can be a very difficult and challenging time of year for some families.

As part of our school’s membership of The Primitas Learning Partnership, the Primitas Safeguarding Forum, which includes safeguarding colleagues from Highfields Primary Academy, Ridgeway Primary Academy, Holly Grove Primary Academy, Henry Chadwick Primary School, The Friary School, Queen’s Croft High School and Erasmus Darwin Academy have compiled a list of websites where you can access advice and support, if required, on a range of issues which may affect you this Christmas time.


Coping with Grief 

We know that many families have unfortunately suffered a bereavement this year. This may be the first Christmas without loved ones. Winston’s Wish have created an advice blog called Coping with Grief at Christmas which is well worth a look.


Mental Health/Wellbeing 

CAMHS is the service young people are referred to for support with their mental health. The CAMHS resources website is a fantastic source of information where you can find links to other websites, apps and recommended books for a number of mental health and wellbeing topics. 

Alternatively, the Anna Freud Centre has useful advice and support for parent and carers.

Elsewhere, for advice and concerns over mental health we would advise you to contact your GP. 


Online Safety

Technology is often given as a gift at Christmas. The National Online Safety Website creates some useful guides for parents on topics such as snapchat, Netflix and cryptocurrency. 

Also, Childnet have created this useful family agreement to start discussions about how to behave online and set clear expectations for your family.


Children with SEND 

Liberty provide new and exciting opportunities for young people and adults with learning and physical barriers in and around Staffordshire.



Chathealth offers advice and signposting on a wide array of subjects including bullying, health, drugs, self-esteem, relationships and sexual health for 11-19 year olds – who can text 07520 615 721 – whilst also offering support for parents too – who can text 07520 615 722. 



Hope4U offer advice and support related to money and employment worries. Parents can self-refer via giving your name, contact info and what support you require.


Domestic Violence

The Pathway Project is a 24 hour confidential domestic abuse support. They are open between 8:30am-3pm Monday-Friday and can be contacted via 01543 676800 or via email at

Stacey Walsh, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We hope this information is helpful and from all of the Safeguarding Team at The Friary School and the wider The Primitas Learning Partnership we genuinely wish you a happy, restful and safe Christmas.”