Children’s emotional health and can be a significant barrier to learning, and resulting behaviours can have an impact across the school.
Whilst many schools have their own trained and experienced learning mentors and family support, for some children it may be that a specialist worker can be more appropriate and often reduce the need for more complex and specialist referrals and services by working with the pupil and their family in the school setting.
Services For Education provides a team of highly qualified and experienced pupil mentors and family support workers who become part of the school community – a valuable additional resource support your most vulnerable and at risk pupils.
Schools will get a skilled and trained support worker to work with families and/or pupils in half-day weekly sessions. Our team work to develop the relationships children and their parents to determine the most appropriate support and intervention to tackle the heart of the problem and provide appropriate and effective strategies.
This is a long term approach and is done by working with young people and their families, using a wide variety of skills and methods to resolve whatever was truly distracting a young person from their education.
Our team work with pupils referred for a variety of reasons including behaviour home and school, family breakdown, bereavement, friendship issues, transition and parents in prison.
We are very flexible in how the sessions are run – some pupils will see the mentor for a block of time, for some it will be much shorter.
It may be that the child sees the mentor every week or more infrequently and less regularly. We take time to build trust with pupils and to unpick the issues for the child.
This is a long term piece of work and is done by working with young people and their families, using a wide variety of skills and methods to resolve whatever was truly distracting a young person from their education.
This year our team dealt with 51 referrals across the schools they were supporting. Reasons for referral included housing, homelessness, benefits, partner in prison, domestic abuse, family breakdown and children behaviour.
A family support worker will work with between three and five parents per half day and sessions can address issues including:
- Low self-esteem
- Behaviour issues and concerns
- Anger management
- Emotional trauma
- Positive praise
Working with the parents creates a holistic support package that can provide lasting and solutions to social, emotional and behavioural issues displayed in the school.
Our support workers are not only experienced and fully trained, but they are also really passionate about what they do.
They know how to engage and build trust with children, young people and families and are proactive and supportive.
The support is all bespoke depending on what our client needs, whether it is educational mentoring or emotional.
‘Thank you – we are very happy with the family support sessions with our worker. She is very good at engaging with the parents and has reached out to many of our vulnerable parents offering lots of practical support and advice.’
For more information contact us here or call us on 0121 366 9950.