Pastoral, family support and safeguarding information.

Key Safeguarding Staff

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jan McColl

Family Support Worker: Cheryl Ryder

Learning Mentor: Bethryn Hanbury

Nurture Group / 1:1 Support: Rachel Southall, Bethryn Hanbury, Karen Christie

Pastoral and Family Support

Lord Scudamore Academy has a pastoral team led by Mrs McColl who is always happy to speak to you regarding any concerns you may have.

From time to time families may need extra support which schools’ are now able to provide.

You may feel that your child would benefit from extra pastoral support in school in the form of group work or 1:1 sessions. We can offer a variety of support in the form of nurture groups, social groups, 1:1 anger management, talking about feelings, bereavement support, self-esteem work to name a few. Our Learning Mentor and Nurture Group Teaching Assistants run these sessions and are familiar faces around the school who your children will know well. If you think your child would benefit from some extra support please speak to Mrs McColl or your child’s class teacher.

We have a Family Support Worker who can visit you at home if you wish and can offer support with behaviour, routines and boundaries, accessing other services, financial worries, housing concerns etc.

Safeguarding Information

We would also like to reassure you that we rarely share information with other agencies about your child without first speaking to you.

Even if we make the difficult decision that we need to speak to Social Care about your child we will always undertake to share our intention to do so with you unless we deem that to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation.

We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances but we can only reassure you that we follow the procedures required by Herefordshire Safeguarding Partnership.

Mrs McColl is the Designated Safeguarding Lead in school. Mrs Ryder, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Wargen and Mrs Beecham are also trained to deal with any welfare issues in Mrs McColl’s absence.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs McColl should you have a worry or concern regarding a safeguarding issue.

Who Are We?

Jan McColl

Pastoral & Safeguarding Manager (DSL)

Manages safeguarding & pastoral care across the HMFA

Cheryl Ryder

Family Support Worker

Safeguarding level 5, Deputy Lead, teaching assistant level 3, Paediatric first aid, first aid at work.

Bethryn Hanbury

Learning Mentor/Nurture Group/1:1 support

Level 3 teaching assistant, Paediatric first aid

Rachel Southall

Nurture Group/1:1 support

Karen Christie

Nurture Group/1:1 support

Level 3 teaching assistant, Paediatric first aid

Resources for Families

At Lord Scudamore Academy, we see Mental Health as an absolute priority, and not only for the children within our care. There are a number of useful websites online that are there to support parents, carers and the wider family, as well as children and young people. Here are a few useful links:

You’re never too young to talk mental health:

Support and self-care for parents and carers:

Explains different mental health problems, causes and different kinds of help available. Also includes tips for friends and family:

Prevention of young suicide:


Early Help

Early Help means providing the Right Help at the Right Time to help children and families work through any difficulties they may have in their life.

As a family or young person, there may be times when you need some extra support. If you can, talk to a professional you feel comfortable sharing this information with. It’s really important to talk…

Click on the following links for more information:

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