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Click on NEWS above (NEWSLETTERS below on phones) for the latest updates from school including what we have been learning, achievements, routines and dates for your diary. Thank you for your continued support, Mrs. Lakey and your St Francis' family.

My child has Special Educational Needs. What support is there for me?

Positive Futures Worker 

Sophie is available to talk through issues with you. She works within all the classes in school and provides extra support in order to break down barriers to learning. 



Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service provide parent support and guidance.  They can be contacted on 0191 5873541 or 03000 267007 and are open 8:30am to 5pm Monday - Friday. Alternatively, click on the heading above to go straight to their website. 


County Durham Families Information Service
The County Durham Families Information Service list all the upcoming events and groups that you can access.
You can search for activities by area, type of need, age range and location.


They have produces a range of leaflets to help support families. Click here to go to their information leaflet page. If you need a paper copy of one of their leaflets, please ask at the school office, we will be happy to print a copy off for you. 


There are also links to their Facebook page under the What's On page, so you can see the latest information.



You can refer your child to CAMHS by telephoning 0300 123 9296. 


They offer a range of therapeutic services for children, young people and their families who experience moderate to severe emotional/mental health problems, including direct and indirect clinical work through consultation and training.



Rollercoaster Support Group


Click here to visit their information page. We are a support group for parents/carers who are supporting a child or young person with any kind of emotional or mental health problem including:

  • anxiety
  • low mood
  • depression
  • self harm
  • eating disorders
  • sleep problems
  • suicidal thoughts
  • obsessions and compulsions


You are not alone! Supporting a child or young person with emotional or mental health issues can be challenging, isolating and sometimes feel like you're riding a real emotional rollercoaster!  Come along to our group, meet other parents/carers in similar situations and get support. There will be guest speakers, discussion topics, practical tips for coping and tea/coffee and biscuits.

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 5.30 - 7.30pm at

South Durham CAMHS
Acley Centre
Newton Aycliffe


Get involved

Sign up to our E-Network
Just  send an email to and we will get you signed up.

Parent Peer Support training
Would you be interested in receiving training to become a parent peer supporter? Peer supporters will offer support to other parents experiencing similar issues. Sometimes the best people to offer support are those that have already been through similar experiences. Knowing you are not alone by talking to someone who is 'walking in similar shoes' can bring strength you can't get from anywhere else. Full training and support will be offered.

Make a difference as a Parent/Carer Advisory Group Representative
The Parent/Carer Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Advisory Group's aims to ensure the voice of parents who are supporting a child with emotional and mental health problems is heard. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Representative on the Advisory Committee all you need is:

  • Experience of supporting a child with emotional or mental health problems.
  • A passion and desire to improve mental health services for children and young people.
  • A willingness to openly share experiences, ideas and information to help improve services.
  • To be available to attend and contribute to four Advisory Board meetings per year.
  • Access to email or willingness to access support to do this.

When is it on?

Time of day


Who to contact

Contact name

Wendy Minhinnett

Contact position

Parent Lead


07415 380 040



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