For Parents and Carers
At Aylesbury College, we take great care to help your son or daughter settle in happily and quickly. For many parents, or others with responsibility for young people, it will be a new experience, too. We are sure you will be delighted to see how your son or daughter develops and grows in during their time at College.
At Aylesbury College we have a strongly embedded culture of preparing people for work. By working closely with businesses and organisations across the region we are in a position to deliver the skills that employers are looking for. Many of our students gain real work experience in one of our commercial outlets while continuing to study and train while our business contacts provide the College with additional expertise as well as work placement opportunities.
We work closely with employers through our business arm Aylesbury Enterprise, through which we run our Apprenticeship programmes and deliver bespoke training programmes for businesses.
As well as being equipped with the skills needed to start a career Aylesbury College students have the opportunity to learn a range of employability skills such as CV writing, interview skills and personal presentation. The College works with employers to help students understand industry expectations regarding uniform, punctuality, grooming and appearance.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
We will provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment for your son/daughter
We will help your son/daughter to learn in an organised, supportive and challenging way, which takes note of their individual needs
We will provide you with details of appropriate people you may wish to contact during the time your son/daughter is at College
We will regularly update you on your son/daughter’s progress through written reports and provide opportunities to meet with course teachers
We will ask for your views on our service
We will contact you if we have any concerns
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOUR SON/DAUGHTER
Attend regularly and punctually
Respect all members of the College community
Come prepared to all classes
Hand in work on time
Look after classrooms, workshops and the College environment
Inform their curriculum administrator in advance if late or absent and give a valid reason
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR SON/DAUGHTER TO BE SUCCESSFUL
Ensure your son/daughter attends regularly, is punctual and let us know if they are going to be absent or late
Share with us anything that may impact on their learning and enjoyment of College, so that we can provide prompt support
Discuss with your son/daughter their progress, what they enjoy and any concerns – ask them for the name and details of their course tutor
Let us know if your son/daughter is unhappy or has concerns
Be aware of homework, coursework deadlines and exams and encourage your son/daughter to meet the requirements
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
Regular attendance is linked to high achievement and being punctual will enable your son/daughter to make the most of the essential learning and social experiences that the College offers.
Habits of regular attendance and good time keeping will serve your son/daughter well as they prepare for their career and future life.
Absences and lateness are taken seriously by the College and unexplained absences or lateness will be followed-up by the course tutor.
YOU CAN HELP US PROMOTE GOOD ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY BY
Avoid planning holidays in term-times
Make any medical and dental appointments out of College hours
Share with us any difficulties that may impact on attendance and punctuality
Ensure that your son/daughter knows to contact the curriculum administrator if they are going to be late or absent
Links to other support websites
Brake, the road safety charity, produces guides for people bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash. If someone has been bereaved then the police are required to give them printed copies of their guides for bereaved adults and for bereaved children.
Helpline 0845 6038570
An excellent website offering information and training to ensure support for families, schools, young people and professionals when dealing with bereavement whether a child is bereaved or a child has died.
The world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. An excellent website with information about different types of cancer, causes of cancer and how to cope with cancer.
Find out what to expect, get information, practical advice and support, hear from experts and read about other people’s experiences.
Teenage Cancer Trust
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to making this happen.
This charitable organisation provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders. Downloadable reports are also available on Beat Assured services that have been assessed so far. CPD accredited training is also available via Beat.
Detailed information covering all types of eating disorders and including videos, service search tools, links to external sites and forums.
The BBC Radio One’s Surgery Advice page is aimed at young people with links to other more comprehensive resources
For an extensive range of professional training and information, the National Centre for Eating Disorders is an excellent website which addresses a number of eating disorder topics and provides details of counselling services and recovery workshops.
US based NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) provides an online screening tool along with parent and educator toolkits which are free to download as pdf documents.
Young Minds is also a further source of downloadable leaflets and provides links to the key organisations and information including Beat and the NICE guidelines.
A non-profit organisation, that works to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of yohttp://www.thegirlgeneration.org/ung people from female genital mutilation practising communities.
FORWARD (Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development) is an African Diaspora women led UK-registered campaign and support charity dedicated to advancing and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of African girls and women. They work in UK, Europe and Africa to help change practices and policies that affect access, dignity and wellbeing. FORWARD tackle female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and related rights of girls and young women.
The Girl Generation – Sign up here to join the campaign against FGM and to be kept up to date with the latest news and information.
The World Health Organisation has a factsheet available on their website which was updated in February 2014.
Equality Now – Launched in 1992, Equality Now is an organisation that advocates the rights of women and girls around the world by raising visibility of individual cases with grassroots activism and legal advocacy.
Project Azure – The summer holidays has been identified by the Metropolitan Police as a time when girls are particularly vulnerable because they are being flown to countries who openly carry out FGM. Links to all their resources can be found on the London Safeguarding Children Board.
The Project Azure team can be contacted at 020 7161 2888 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
By providing outreach teams on the streets and supported accommodation, Barnardos works with homeless families as well as young people who are homeless or living in insecure accommodation. Campaigning to raise the care leavers’ age of support in England from 21 to 25, Barnardos is part of a care leavers coalition, who have come together to call on the Government to change the law and reform the system to help support care leavers better and for longer.
Centrepoint provide services for people with varying needs and experiences of homelessness, but also specifically for young people who are leaving the care of the local authority, for ex-offenders and for young single parents. Young people could stay in a service from nine nights to two years, depending on their circumstances.
In 2011, eighteen young people were elected by their peers to the new Centrepoint Parliament. Its purpose is to ensure all young people at Centrepoint have a genuine voice and are given the opportunity to influence Centrepoint. The Parliament acts as a bridge for homeless young people allowing them to meet and discuss the issues with key policy makers within local and national government.
Providing drop-in services, advice and counselling for children who runaway or are at risk of harm, the Children’s Society is campaigning for the government to create a database of missing children which does not currently exist. Their guide 'Developing local safeguarding responses to young runaways' was developed for local safeguarding professionals in local authorities and LSCBs to help them plan and develop safeguarding responses to young runaways. It provides a checklist of actions local authorities should undertake to make runaways safe in their local area and links to relevant pieces of guidance or useful resources. (The Children's Society, 2008)
Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Their site includes a number of downloadable briefings such as ‘Universal Credit FAQs’ and ‘Housing Benefit Cuts’.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre – Using a holistic approach, CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. The CEOP pursue those who sexually exploit and abuse children, and prepare interventions to reduce the impact of child sexual exploitation and abuse through safeguarding and child protection work. (CEOP, 2014) Their work includes tracking registered offenders who have a sexual interest in children and who have failed to comply with their notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 as well as liaising with technological and online industries and providing training and advice.
Think U Know
ThinkUKnow is a site developed by CEOP which offers guidance and information aimed at children, young people and their parents or teachers. Here you can find out the latest information on the sites, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. There are also resources that can be used in the classroom or at home including lesson plans, posters and materials and downloadable films. Professionals can also access online training. ThinkUKnow also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Their website is a great resource for young people with videos to watch about other people’s experiences and guidance as what to do and where to go if a young person is self-harming. It also looks at triggers and coping strategies.
A national voluntary organisation for people who self-harm, their friends, families and professionals. They have a large amount of downloadable resources as well as a DVD and workbook that can be purchased online. They also provide a number of training packages tailored for the needs of parents, young people, LGBT and BME and professionals.
The Mind website offers downloadable resources and comprehensive explanation of self-harm, its triggers and how to manage it.
National Self Harm Network – Support including a forum and downloadable resources.
NHS Choices – Clear information about self-harm and the signs and links to other organisations.
NSPCC – Help and advice for parents on why children self-harm, signs and risks and what to do to help.
The NSPCC also has a number of downloadable leaflets including advice on listening and communicating with your children.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists – Their website includes a number of free downloadable factsheets for parents and teachers including Self Harm.