With the region’s children returning to school after the summer holidays, it’s timely to remember that this can be a difficult time for young people.
They may encounter new teachers, classmates and subjects, and this may cause apprehension or anxieties. Children could be worried about many things, such as being bullied, keeping up with homework or not being around to help their family.
School is an enormous part of childhood, so it is important that children feel safe and at ease.
The following tips can help parents discuss this with their children and ensure they are as prepared as possible for the new academic year.
- Talk to your child, sometimes they may not know how to tell you about a problem they’re having
- Encourage them to use the NSPCC’s message boards for support, they can provide a great place for young people to share their experiences
- Remind them they can talk to Childline, at any time of the day, all year round, about any worries or concerns they may have
Equally, as a teacher, you might notice a change in behaviour from a child, which could mean they have not enjoyed their time at home.
This could be caused by any number of reasons, including witnessing parents arguing, suffering abuse, experiencing family illness or, in some cultures, undergoing female genital mutilation.
No matter what your concern may be about a child, the NSPCC Helpline is there to help adults on 0808 800 5000 or nspcc.org.uk, and Childline is available to listen to children 24/7 on 0800 1111, or via www.Childline.org.uk