Parent Support Services
Our Parent Support Programme is now an integral part of the work that our Schools Partnership provides offering access to a wide range of support for both parents and carers. The Gade Schools and Kings Langley Schools Partnership teams can provide a range of Family and Parent Support services who can support with any concerns a family may be facing with their child at home or at school. Issues may be varied, for example:
♦ Changing Schools (transition phase) ♦ Loss or bereavement
♦ Financial Concerns ♦ Housing Concerns
♦ Issues with friendships ♦ Bullying
♦ Family breakdowns ♦ Being in an abusive relationship
♦ Managing challenging behaviour ♦ Social Media and E-Safety
♦ Temperamental teenagers ♦ Communicating with your child
♦ Helping with your child’s learning ♦ Issues with smoking, drugs or alcohol
Support can be provided in the form of support groups, one to one support and advice, signposting to specialist agencies or help or purely someone with whom families can share concerns they may be facing and discuss what options they may be facing. One key aspect of our Parent Support work is the range of courses and workshops that we are able to provide on a wide variety of subjects all relating to managing children’s behaviour, support at key transition points and a wide range of family related issues. These are run throughout the year and are free of charge to parents.
Pupil Support Services
An increasing number of children are encountering difficulties in school that are not necessarily education related. Behaviour difficulties, self esteem and confidence challenges, emotional difficulties and stress related issues are presenting themselves at a younger age. For those of secondary age, the transition from child to young adult can also be challenging. Our Partnership is able to offer 1 to 1 support for children and young people in school who may be encountering such difficulties and provides support and guidance through these times. The Pupil Support service supports student’s emotional wellbeing and work will be delivered on a one-to-one basis to listen to any concerns and provide advice, guidance, information and support.
Within our Partnership we have a specialist Family Support Worker with specialism in SEND. Their role is to provide support to families who may be facing difficulties with getting the right support, a diagnosis for SEND, working on securing and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), support with behaviour at home, accessing additional services and accessing specialist activity programmes.
The SEND Family Support Worker will work with families on an individual basis to understand their specific challenges and work with them on developing plans of support. This specialist support service offers valuable support to parents and works very closely with local SEND services and agencies and local paediatric services.
Working very closely with many of the central support services within Hertfordshire, our Schools Partnership are also able to support families in accessing support and help in times of particular difficulty. We work very closely with our schools in
supporting them when undertaking assessments within families so that we are able to help schools and families obtain a wider variety of support from specialist agencies. A key part of this is our involvement within Hertfordshire’s Families First programme which provides early help services and information to parents and carers . More information can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/familiesfirst