Support for families

We all experience difficult times at some point. It can be difficult to know where to turn or who to ask for help. In the first instance, it may be that you can use one of the links below to source support or advice;

(Please note that I will also share any new or upandcoming resources and services on our school Facebook page)



type of support

School Health (based at Milnrow Health Centre)


Able to offer children with emotional health and wellbeing packages of care, including support with anger issues, anxiety, stress and low mood and specific support with physical health needs for example enuresis (bedwetting). 

ChatHealth text-based advice service

0750 733 0382

They provide a text message based advice service called ChatHealth. ?This safe and confidential service allows young people to text their school nurse to book an appointment or ask any questions they have, for example around relationships. bullying, drugs and alcohol, smoking, healthy eating, exercise or general health concerns. 


0750 733 3482

Ring for advice on issues as above


*Look at their website, Facebook page and flyers shared by school for more information

See also attached file for RASS dates for 2023

A Family Support Charity providing practical and emotional support for parents and children experiencing stress or difficulties.

They also have a RAASS (Rochdale Autism ADHD Support Service) group which meets for monthly drop in meetings.

Parenting programmes 

There are a range of programmes to give support, advice and guidance to parents and carers living in Rochdale. They are a great way to help understand different behaviours and development stages of your baby, child or teenager. 


Ring  0161 716 2844 for more information or to book an appointment


They support children and young people, aged up to 19 years, who are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues (e.g. feeling stressed, worried or not enjoying things).

CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health service)

 Referral can be made by GP or Miss Hobbs (SENCo)

They help children and young people up to the age of 18 years, up to 19 for neurodevelopmental disorders, and provide support to families and carers, including

Eating disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Self-harm · ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
More complex psychological difficulties

The Neurodiversity Hub (a screening, signposting and support service)

Location: Derby Street Children's centre, Derby Street Nursery, Derby Street, Rochdale, OL10 4QJ

*See below for a form to request help (as a parent, carer)


For parents and carers of children who feel overwhelmed and anxious.

The opportunity to talk members of the Hub and other parents and carers.



Sometimes, you will need more than this, so dependent on level of need, something called an Early Help assessment (EHA) can be done.

This is a a voluntary process, and you can request for it to be stopped at any point. It involves completing an assessment (see the link below for an example) with someone called a lead professional. At St Thomas' this is usually Miss Nina Hobbs (SENo/Assistant Head). This assessment will allow the lead professional and parent/carer to pinpoint any issues and to discuss what help may be needed. Then an action plan is agreed upon, often making referrals to external agencies and the assessment is shared with them to limit the parent/carer having to repeating themselves to several people.Together with any agencies, support is then provided to the family and the action plan is usually reviewed in a monhtly meeting with all those involved. This is led and coordinated by the lead professional until it is felt that all the needs have been addressed, or are in hand.

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