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Supporting Mental Health

As part of our whole school ethos, we are committed to supporting all children and parents throughout their time at Dallimore. 

We realise that we face many challenges both at home and at school, and it is important that we are able to work alongside parents in order to identify anyone who might need some support. 

In the main we support children through our Thrive provision, but there are times when we complete referrals to external agencies. 

Below is some information about some of the organisations we use, what services they offer and links to websites and info. 

If you are worried about your child's mental health (either at home or at school) please contact a member of staff at school or email

Our Mental Health Lead in school is Miss Katie Reynolds and she is supported by the Mental Health Ambassadors (children from across school), other Thrive practitioners and the Safeguarding Team.

Derbyshire School Nursing Team

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Schools no longer have a dedicated school nurse but we can make referrals or requests for support to the relevant service.

Parents can also make referrals. Click on the image below to view the various services available and how to refer.

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CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. CAMHS support children and young people aged 0-18 (and their families) with a wide range of mental health difficulties in Derby and south Derbyshire.

Mental health is something we all have and, just like physical health, at some times in our lives we struggle with it. Sometimes we develop mental health problems, such as feeling very sad or worrying a lot. When this happens, these difficulties can stop us living our life in the way we want to.

Lots of children and young people go to CAMHS with a wide range of difficulties. Around one in eight children and young people have a diagnosable mental health disorder- that's about three children in every classroom.

Changing Lives

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Compass Changing Lives comprises of nine Mental Health Support Teams in Derby, Erewash, Bolsover, the Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield and the Amber Valley.

We are a compassionate and friendly team who are here to help support children and young people’s mental health. We provide a free and confidential emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people with mild to moderate emotional health and wellbeing needs.

Sometimes, you may feel sad, scared or worried. Maybe you’re getting angry or frustrated. We can help get you the right help!

We work with schools across Derby and Derbyshire providing support by visiting the schools to talk to children and young people in groups and one to one. We also provide support to parents and carers around improving their knowledge and understanding of how best to support and improve their child’s mental health and wellbeing.

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Parent/carer support - Compass (

A number of parents have attended the 'Beyond Behaviour' group and have found the support through this invaluable. One parent said

"I really enjoyed coming to the group. Sam and Hayley were lovely and always ready to listen. I was given lots of information for different strategies to use. I always felt listened to and supported. It was nice to know I wasn’t alone and other parents are in a similar situation."

Derbyshire Wish

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Derbyshire WISH provides services and support, including accommodation and community-based support, for adults and children who are experiencing and living with the impact of domestic abuse.

Contact us

To access support from us, you will usually need to contact the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Support line on 08000 198 668. You can self-refer or be referred by a professional you are working with.

  • Telephone number: 01773 483 430.

How we can help 

We provide specialist community-based support to people who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse. We're able to offer one-on-one and group support sessions to suit individual needs. Here at Derbyshire WISH we provide services in Erewash, South Derbyshire as well as parts of the Amber Valley and Derbyshire Dales.

People accessing our support are assigned a key worker who will help them plan the support they would like to help them move forward with their life in a way they feel safe. 

Support can include:

  • creating a personal safety plan 
  • finding the right place to live
  • help with benefits and budgeting 
  • finding and accessing legal support
  • connecting with cultural and religious organisations
  • accessing education, volunteering and employment.

Group support

We offer group support programmes including the Freedom Programme (which helps to raise awareness about domestic abuse) and Freedom Forward (which helps people build their confidence and self-esteem).

Safe Speak

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At Safe Speak, we recognise the importance of the emotional health of Children and Young People. We have been providing counselling and other emotional health services to thousands of young people from our offices and in Secondary and Primary schools across Derbyshire for 17 years.

Our experienced counsellors are qualified to work with children and young people between 5-18 years both through face-to-face and online sessions.

In addition, we offer a range of services in schools around Derbyshire including individual and group counselling, training, peer listening and staff clinical support.

Telephone: (01332) 349177

Adult Counselling:
Children & Young People Counselling:


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The service is available for children and young people dealing with bereavement that are users of Treetops Hospice services and people registered with a GP practice in Derby city, Southern Derbyshire or Erewash

Just like adults, children and young people who have been bereaved may find themselves struggling with a powerful range of emotions. It’s important to remember that everyone grieves in their own unique way. There are many different feelings and emotions that a grieving child might experience.

Who can we help?

The bereavement may have occurred at any time in the past. Many of our referrals are in relation to unexpected and/or traumatic bereavement.

The service is available for as long as the child, or young person need them in relation to dealing with their loss. Once sessions end there is always the possibility of taking up further support should the need arise.

All services are provided free of charge, and are not means-tested.

Initial contact can be made by professionals, family members, or by children and young people themselves.

Please phone us on 0115 949 6944 during our opening hours (8.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-3.30pm Friday).

We will arrange an assessment with you, at which the most appropriate form of support for you can be discussed. 


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Salcare is a charity – a “one-stop shop” providing support for the people of Amber Valley and Erewash.  We have been around since 1977 and we feel like part of the Heanor community and we know that is how people feel about us.

We help anyone in need, whether they have been referred to us by organisations such as social services, the police, domestic abuse services or job centres.  It doesn’t matter if you are outside the Amber Valley/Erewash boundaries – if you need help we will help you!

The benefit of having all the information as well as aid and assistance in one place is to be able to make sure that people who require support of any kind can be helped to make safer choices for themselves and their families.

Salcare Escape is a branch of Salcare that provides support and advice to those that have or are experiencing Domestic Abuse. This is through a mixture of specialised one to one support and carefully created groups 

Contact Details

59 Ray Street
DE75 7GF


Phone: 01773 765899

First Steps

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We believe that support should be available for all those affected by eating difficulties and disorders, including family, carers, parents and support professionals.

Eating disorders are rarely about food – sufferers often just use this as a way of coping with their underlying emotional difficulties or mental illness in more severe cases.

Children requiring support (as well as their parents and carers) can access our services at no cost. As a charity, we are funded by the generosity of people whose contributions allow us to provide these services free of charge (you can learn more about our funders and commissioners here.) Some of our other core services are funded, but some come at a cost to adults. If you need further assistance, information or support in accessing our services please contact our team.

Address: Woburn House, Vernon Gate, Derby, DE1 1UL


Telephone: 0300 1021685