Support for Dingwall Academy Pupils 


“It takes a village to raise a child”  

African Proverb 


My parent(s) are responsible for raising me, and lots of other people help with my growth and development too.  I should be able to make the most of every opportunity and experience so that I am successful in school, at home and in later life.  If I need any help my family, school and others will work together to make sure I get the right support at the right time from the right person.  I will be at the centre of everything they do. 


My Support in Dingwall Academy 

I am supported by all school staff.   

Teachers and other school staff have a “duty of care” towards me and are trained in Child Protection.   

They want the best for my learning and well-being.  


I am supported by my Guidance Teacher. 

My Guidance Teacher looks after my personal, social and emotional development.  They keep a close eye on my learning as I go through school. 

I have the same Guidance Teacher from S1 onwards.  They are usually the main contact for home.   

They will help me with the big steps:  P7 into S1, option choices and getting ready to leave school. 

My Guidance Teacher works with school staff and others to help me or if I need extra support.   


If I have something that affects my learning, I am supported by Additional Support Needs staff. 

ASN Teachers and Pupil Support Assistants help with learning and social, emotional or behaviour needs.  

I have an ASN Link Teacher who knows what affects my learning and what helps.   

They make sure all my teachers know so that I can do my best in classes. 

We work on strategies so I can be independent in classes.  I might have support in class or do group work.  


I am supported by the Rector and Depute Rectors. 

My Year Head can provide advice and support to me and my family.   

The Depute Rector (Pupil Support) makes sure that the proper arrangements are in place to keep me and all pupils safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included. 


My family and Guidance Teacher can request advice and support from: 

Allied Health Professionals – Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy  

Attendance Support Officer (Dingwall Academy) 

Careers - Skills Development Scotland  

Children’s Service Worker e.g .friendships, family issues, behavior, anxiety, stress, additional support needs. Counselling - Growing2Gether Group counselling and Scottish Counselling Service, 1:1 counselling 

Educational Psychology 

Mental Health Services 

Practice Lead for Schools – Social work 

School Nurse Services  

Youth Action Team for young people at risk of offending or criminal behaviour 

Youth Work - High Life Highland 



Websites, helplines and apps for me and my family  

Beat Eating Disorders 

UK leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders 


Breathing Space 

Advice and support if you need someone to talk to.   

Phoneline open Mon – Thur 6pm – 2am, Fri – Mon 6pm – 6am 

0800 83 85 87 



App for health and happiness – improve sleep quality, reduce stress or anxiety, improve focus, self-improvement. 


Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services 

Resources to help support mental health and well-being. 


CAMHS Tier 2 Primary Mental Health Worker 

Early intervention service to prevent mental health difficulties escalating. 

Use Just Ask Enquiry Line (below) during lockdown. 

CAMHS Tier 3 & 4 Phoenix Centre 
Referrals for young people experiencing moderate to severe or complex mental health difficulties eg anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship difficulties etc. 

Urgent referrals to Duty Clinician 01463 705597or A&E out of hours. 


Free, private confidential service where you can talk about anything.  Trained counsellors are here to support you. 

0800 1111 

App – For Me 


Coming out of lockdown   

A guide for parents/carers of young people with long term health condition. 

Coming out of lockdown - managing worries : a guide for parents/carers of children and young people with long-term health condition 


Common Sense Media 

Expert reviews, objective advice, helpful tools and more for families and teachers about media and tech for kids. 


Deaf Services 
Communication Support Services. Telephone 01349 865418. SMS 07765 898689 
NHS Highland Audiology. Telephone 01463 704406. Text 01463 704039 


Digi Learn Highland 

Supports all aspects of digital learning for pupils, parents and staff and all things relating to Chromebooks. 


Domestic Abuse 

To ask for help if you have been affected by violence or abuse. 

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 

Ross-shire Women’s Aid 01349 863568 

Abused Men in Scotland 0808 800 0024 

Helps young people, families and professionals understand additional support for learning. 
0345 123 2303 



App – to improve health and happiness through mindfulness and meditation. 


Highland Children’s and Young People’s Forum 


Just Ask Enquiry Line 

For questions about the development or wellbeing of a young person to health and education professionals in Highland.  Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm – 4pm. 

0300 303 1365 


LGBT Youth Scotland 

Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. 



Mikeysline is a mental health and suicide prevention charity with text based support, appointments and a service especially timed around school commitments. 


National Online Safety 

Resources for families and schools, including a really useful section on What Parents Need to Know about various gaming and online platforms. 



Guide to keeping kids safe online 



Scottish Counselling Service 

1:1 session offered by phone or video call during school closure, face to face otherwise. 
Arranged via Guidance Teacher or by self-referral using the link below. 



Parent Zone 

Website for parents giving information about education in Scotland and ideas to support their child’s learning. 



Youth specific homelessness charity 



App to understand and manage anxiety 



For Scotland’s Mental Health 



Offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need. 

116 123   

See Me 

End mental health discrimination 


Self Injury Support 

Support for women and girls, resources and training for all. 


Social Work 

Duty Officer      01349 868700 
Emergency Service 08457 697284 


Thriving Families (formerly Children in Highland Information Point CHIP+) 

Independent information, advice and support service for families with children (up to age 25) with additional support needs, and the professionals working with them. 


Understanding Your Child – Solihull Approach 

Free online courses for parents – Understanding your child, understanding your child with additional needs, understanding your teenager’s brain. 

Free online course for teenagers – understanding your brain 


What’s up 

App for Mental Health  


Winston’s Wish 

Supports bereaved children, young people, their families and the professionals whl support them. 


Young Minds 


Young Scot 

 Provides information for young people aged 11 – 26. 





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