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Supporting your family here at Risedale

Liz JoyMy name is Liz Joy and part of my role as Office Manager is to help students and families with their medical needs whilst at Risedale. I am available to support students on a day-to-day basis and also work alongside our Senior Leadership Team to ensure that Healthcare Plans for students with more specific needs are met appropriately. Many of our staff are trained in first aid and receive regular and ongoing training.

Please feel free to contact me via the Risedale reception 01748 833501 if you would like to discuss any matters regarding your child's medical needs and how we can best support them at school.

Parents and carers are responsible for:

  • Keeping the school informed about any changes to their child/children's health.
  • Completing a parental agreement for school to administer medicine form before bringing medication into school
  • Providing the school with the medication their child requires and keeping it up to date.
  • Collecting any leftover medicine at the end of the course or year.
  • Discussing medications with their child/children prior to requesting that a staff member administers the medication.
  • Where necessary, developing an Individual Healthcare Plan (IHCP) for their child in collaboration with the Principal, other staff members and healthcare professionals. 

The following documents may be of help to you:

Mental Health Support Group AFi Feb 2019 (517x800).jpgWellbeing Champions at Risedale:

Here at Risedale Sports and Community College we care about every part of our students' lives and so we have developed a dedicated team of staff to act as a support network for when times get tough. Students can book appointments or simply drop-in should they need to talk. And of course, it is not just the staff listed here, all members of the Risedale family can be approached at any time. Wellbeing is key.
Your Wellbeing Champions are: Mrs Wright, Ms Benson, Mrs Deighton and Mr Gunnell.

Healthy Child Team Jan 2019.jpgHealthy Child Team Drop-in's:

Need someone to talk to in confidence about health issues, worries, advice…? The NHS Healthy Child Team will be in school on the first Tuesday of the month 12:40-1:15pm.

As well as providing information and support in school to our students and their families we also share lots of useful information from outside agencies and organisations promoting positive awareness about issues including health, wellbeing and safety. For specific information regarding 'Online Safety' please visit our webpage:


NHS Vaccinations:

Parents/carers, to consent for your child to receive their NHS vaccinations please visit:

Drugs advice leaflet from North Yorkshire County Council:

We know that the majority of young people don't use drugs (Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey), in fact research shows that young people's drug use has been declining over the past 10 years, but there's still a small group of young people who get drawn into using drugs so it's important that parents/carers know where to go for information and support if they need to: Drugs advice leaflet.pdf

Safer Richmondshire.jpgSome helpful leaflets for parents/carers from Safer Richmondshire:

Tackling Criminal exploitation - A guide for parents:

'Criminal Exploitation' is when individuals or gangs target children and force them to carry out criminal activity. Exploiters may force young people to deal drugs, steal, commit violent or sexual acts and traffic them. Click the link to view a guide for parents regarding Criminal Exploitation from The Children's Society.

County Lines explained:

'County Lines' is the term used for the organised criminal distribution of drugs from the big cities into smaller towns and rural areas using children and vulnerable people. Although cannabis is occasionally linked to the county lines organisations, it is harder drugs that provide the focus: heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines. Click here to find out more about county lines and to watch a helpful video by specialist safeguarding consultant, Andrew Hall, talking about county lines and why it is such an important issue for some young people.

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Summer Health and Safety Tips:

Some tips to stay healthy and safe during the summer months from the public health team at North Yorkshire County Council:

Useful websites:

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Childline_logo_2018.pngChildline: We're here for you, whatever's on your mind. We'll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. 0800 1111

Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. And you can access them in your own time, at your own pace!

Frank Logo.pngTalk to Frank for honest information about drugs.

Parents Protect! help parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

TheMix_logo.pngThe Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people helping with life challenges such as; mental health issues, money problems, homelessness, finding a job, break-ups and drugs. Talk to The Mix via online, social or their free, confidential helpline.

Wellbeing Connected.JPGWellbeing Connected promotes mental health and wellbeing support in schools.

Young Minds.JPGYoungMinds are leading the fight for a future where all young people are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. YoungMinds offers support to those who are struggling with mental health issues in a bid to overcome life's difficulties and create resilience.