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 - 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



Counselling Service

1:1 session offered by phone or video call during school closure, face to face otherwise. 
Arranged via Guidance Teacher



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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