Emerging Eating Concerns
A school culture of healthy approaches to diet and exercise is important.
Students will benefit from the opportunity to discuss and reflect on body image and the pressures of social media. Learning techniques to manage the stress of adolescence can help build resilience amongst pupils.
If you are concerned that a young person has an eating disorder it is important that you act.
• Find a quiet time to talk to the student.
• Tell them what you have noticed (tired /avoiding mealtimes/ baggy clothes etc.) ask them how you can help. You may have to revisit this if they initially deny anything is wrong .
• Help them plan next steps – talking to parents / carers, seeing GP.
• If they are resistant to help, and you are worried - discuss next steps with Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Ensure the child or young person has a named person they can talk to if needed. This should be someone they feel comfortable with.
If the young person has to take time out of school to recover - a plan of support when they return will be important too.
- National Eating Disorder Association - Educator Toolkit
- NICE Eating disorders: recognition and treatment 2017
- Poster - How to recognise the signs
- A guide for supporting friends and family
- Booklet for young carers offering support
Public Health England has launched new free All Our Health bite-sized e-learning sessions to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of all health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.
The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health from childhood obesity to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and they contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.
- Can I tell you about Eating Disorders? - Bryan Lask & Lucy Watson
How Can We Help?
Just One Norfolk Access the health advice website to explore a variety of health issues. This website is consistently being reviewed and updated.
Parent Activation Measure This helps parents think about their knowledge skills and confidence in understanding and supporting their children or unborn babies.
Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays
ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.
Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.
JustOneNorfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on apple or android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.
Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.
Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through JustOneNorfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules.
Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org