Parent and Carer Information
East Coast College firmly believes that working together with parents and carers is very important, even after the age of 16.
Parents and carers of new students are invited to a special introductory evening in October and another is held in the early spring/summer term to enable you to meet subject staff and discuss progress. You will also receive two reports on your young person’s.
We encourage all parents, carers and guardians to join us as we support our young learners with their studies.
Parental involvement is crucial. The interest and continuing support you offer, along with our input, ensures they enjoy their time at the college and get the very best experience from their chosen learning programme.
We look forward to working with you to ensure your young person maximises every opportunity and completes their course successfully, moving on to their planned next step, be it an apprenticeship, employment, university or a further course.
We welcome parents visiting us at any time to find out what college is like, to discuss their young person’s progress or any concerns you might have.
Safeguarding and Safety
East Coast College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The college has measures in place to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any concerns please contact Student Services (Great Yarmouth campus) or the Advice Centre (Lowestoft campus).
East Coast College is committed to providing a supportive, friendly, safe and positive environment free from offensive behaviour. Bullying of any kind is therefore not tolerated and disciplinary action will follow.
Careers and Wellbeing Programme
The programme is designed to bring together topics that help students develop a greater understanding of how to be healthy, happy and make a positive contribution to their immediate and wider communities. The programme complements vocational studies by focusing on wellbeing and careers progression. We welcome any ideas from parents and carers of areas we could cover in the programme, or if you have expertise in this area and would like to help us deliver some of the programme. To discuss the programme please get in touch with Maria Watson at our Great Yarmouth campus at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Lawless at our Lowestoft campus at email@example.com.
Operation Encompass notification
East Coast College is part of a jointly run operation with Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Police called Operation Encompass. Encompass has been set-up to help schools and colleges to provide support to children and young people who have been present at incidents of domestic violence. We know that children and young people can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they are involved in, present or witness to domestic violence.
East Coast College will receive a confidential phone call from the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub before 9am on the morning after any domestic incident where a student at East Coast College has been involved in, present or witness to domestic violence.
East Coast College have designated the Safeguarding and Wellbeing team as key adults. They have received training from Norfolk County Council to allow them to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to make sure that the right support is available for children and their families, who have been involved in or witnessed a domestic violence incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
If you have any concerns or questions then please contact one of the Safeguarding and Wellbeing team and we will be happy to discuss this further.
Wellbeing and Counselling
We are able to offer some evening and daytime wellbeing sessions for parents and carers. These include group and 1:2:1 counselling, supported by University of Suffolk counselling degree students, information sessions and support groups around mental health and wellbeing topics.
We also hold parent and carer forums that give the chance to voice ideas, give feedback and take part in discussions.
For more information about the wellbeing programme for parents and carers and counselling bookings, please contact Maria Watson, Student Wellbeing and Tutorial Co-ordinator at our Great Yarmouth campus, on 07747037852 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Karen Lawless, Student Wellbeing and Tutorial Co-ordinator at our Lowestoft campus on 07823349327 or email@example.com or Laura Hawkins, Alternative Safeguarding Lead for Lowestoft Sixth Form, on 07823349300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful Links for Parents
Online safety applies to all areas of life – how we live, learn, and interact with others. The Safeguarding and Wellbeing team can offer support during office hours to anyone worried about the safety of themselves or others. In emergency situations, please call 999.
The websites below can help you keep yourself and others safe, as well as provide advice and support if things go wrong.
The Matthew Project has been helping people live fuller lives, free from drug and alcohol misuse for more than 35 years. They provide support to young people, veterans, professionals, people in recovery, and the family and carers affected by substance misuse.
Rethink improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. Their goal is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.
The Wellbeing Service offer help and support to improve wellbeing and manage stress, low mood and anxiety. They aim to reduce the onset of mental ill health, prevent deterioration and promote recovery by offering a range of flexible services tailored to meet your specific needs.
Victim Support is an independent charity, they work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Their support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.
SEND and Education Healthcare Plans
Suffolk SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) is a confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
The Terrence Higgins Trust are the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using their services to achieve good sexual health.
iCaSH (integrated Contraception and Sexual Health) service provides all aspects of sexual and reproductive health, including contraception, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV testing and treatment.