chapter  17
Guidelines for school staff
ByPOOKY HESMONDHALGH
Pages 7

School staff often feel unsure about how best to help a pupil with anorexia. They also underestimate how much they can do to help and what a great support they can be. In fact, school staff are well placed to spot the initial warning signs of anorexia, enabling early diagnosis, early intervention and a far better prognosis. Students are often more comfortable talking about food diffi culties with a member of school staff than a member of their own family. The school can provide a bridge between the pupil, their family and external care providers to ensure that support is optimal and treatment is effective.