Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHaW)

Welcome to the Suffolk Schools’ Safety, Health and Wellbeing pages.

On these pages you will find information for schools’ health and safety, and also, very importantly, on wellbeing.  All the links in the menu go to a specific topic page and you will hopefully find relevant information for your needs.  If you have any ideas or thoughts about these webpages, please contact:

Antonina (Nina) Bickerton – CYP and Suffolk (maintained) Schools’ Safety, Health and Wellbeing Advisor, Suffolk County Council: Email: [email protected].

Please see our Safety, Health and Wellbeing Privacy Notice.

Latest News

  • 21 September 2023 – Please follow the link to the Stress, Mental Health and Wellbeing page on this site to access the new resources from Public Health: the Bereaved by Suicide Service and the Suicide Response Plan for schools. The latter also has guidance on responding to attempted suicide. Contact details can also be found on the page, should the need arise.

  • 14 September 2023 – FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL ACADEMIES – REGARDING RAAC: We understand that academies and trusts are undertaking a lot of work, alongside DfE, to understand the situation with RAAC in schools.  Concertus have been supporting Suffolk County Council by reviewing previous surveys and building record reviews to provide up-to-date information on our maintained school estate at this time.  This work has included all schools, including those that are now academies, so if an academy or trust would like access to the information that we have been gathering, or advice and support on potential next steps, please let us know. Contact [email protected]

  • 12 September 2023 Letter to School Leaders on mild illnesses and school attendance – guidance from Professor Chris Whitty and peers which includes information on Covid-19.
  • 12 September 2023 – Education Hub – Gov.UK rules around C19 in educational settings
  • IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL MAINTAINED SCHOOLS IN SUFFOLK REGARDING RAAC IN SCHOOL PREMISES – PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK – This document is a copy of the email which all maintained schools received on 5 September 2023. It can also be found on the Premises Management page – menu to the right.
  • It’s already been a busy start to the term and I wanted to remind everyone of some excellent Mental Health and Wellbeing courses. Suffolk MIND is promoting a range of school centric courses, both the support students and pupils, and to support staff. Details are on the Stress and Mental Health page – menu to the right.
  • September 2023 – Welcome back from the summer vacation everyone! Hope you’ve all had a good time. If you are new to Headship, or have moved from Academy to maintained, this is your one stop shop for all things Safety, Health and Wellbeing. Please spread the word about these pages of information and use the blue menu on the right to find what you are looking for. Your SHaW Advisor, Nina Bickerton is available via email whenever needed.
  • Lisbeth Thorsen, the SHaW team’s wonderful Business Support has gone to pastures new (congrats on the new job, Lisbeth!) and therefore won’t be available anymore for SHaW assistance. Please contact Nina for all things SHaW.
  • New documents are being uploaded all the time – the latest one is the Water Hygiene Management Plan, which might of particularly use to your school at this time of the year. It’s on the Premises Management page – menu on the right.
  • The 2023 – 24 SCC’s maintained schools’ Public and Employment Liability Insurance certifcate(s) can be found on the SCC H&S Policies and Related Responsibilities – menu on the right.
Safety Health and Wellbeing
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