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Family Support Service

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Father Hudson’s Family Support service improves the life chances of children and young people who are experiencing adversity, particularly where it is affecting their emotional wellbeing, mental health and educational achievement. The Family Support service has a lifelong effect by improving children’s attendance, behaviour, self-esteem, and confidence, overcoming obstacles to learning, and raising aspirations.

What is Family Support? 

Family Support workers work with children and young people who are experiencing difficulties at school or at home. Often, these difficulties present themselves through challenging behaviour, poor attendance, low self-esteem and poor educational acheivement. Family Support workers identify and address the underlying causes and support families to effect lasting change. 

Support is child-centred and needs-led, and assists with issues arising from housing, benefits, parents’ physical and mental health, parental separation, substance misuse, neglect and parenting. 

Workers make referrals to other services and work in partnership with other statutory and voluntary agencies to achieve the best outcome for each family they work with. They work as part of the school team, yet maintain an independence from statutory agencies that is crucial to building positive relationships with parents, children and young people.

Our solution-focused practice enables families to be clear on what they want to achieve and to overcome barriers to meeting their goals. It is particularly successful at helping families and children who are struggling to make changes in their lives.

Benefits to schools

Vulnerable or challenging students can take up a significant amount of staff time and impact adversely on school targets for attendance, behaviour and student attainment. Even experienced pastoral support staff may struggle to deal with the range and complexity of issues they present. Further, teachers with pastoral responsibilities may on occasion be unavailable because of teaching commitments.

Father Hudson’s Family Support workers are a dedicated, experienced, professional resource. Their interventions have been proven to:

  • Improve school attendance
  • Improve behaviour in school
  • Raise pupil attainment
  • Improve relationships within and between families and schools
  • Ensure a smoother transition from primary to secondary school
  • Reduce the amount of time school staff spend dealing with disengaged families.

Interventions

Safeguarding

/media/children_families/library/nspcc.jpgWhere a family is involved with Social Services, we offer support to address the areas of concern, while keeping a child’s safety our highest priority. We offer guidance around signs of abuse and neglect, making a safeguarding referral to the local authority, and navigating the assessment process. Our staff act as the lead professional for Early Help cases.

We work in primary and secondary schools, providing age-appropriate one-to-one or group support to children and young people. Younger children are taught the NSPCC underwear rule, appropritate and inappropriate touching and who they can tell if they are upset or worried. In senior schools we cover risky behaviour, online safety awareness and social media and healthy and unhealthy relationships. 

We support young people to access counselling and specialist support services. Through our one-to-one support we promote children’s emotional resilience and address concerns such as low self-esteem, confidence, the impact of domestic abuse, and self-harm.

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Attendance and Behaviour

Through one-to-one support and home visiting we address underlying issues and work with children and parents to improve attendance and behaviour at school.

Protective Behaviours

Aimed at primary school children, this course provides a framework for personal safety, self-esteem, resilience and confidence building. The course explores the children’s understanding of unwritten rules and their feelings, thoughts and behaviour. 

Expect Respect

This toolkit has six lesson plans designed by Women’s Aid to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviour around domestic abuse. The lessons look at: gender roles and stereotypes; keeping secrets; resolving conflict; where to go for help; violence; and excuses and responsibility.

Super Skills for Life

Through an eight-week group work programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy and developed by Professor Cecilia Essau at Roehampton University, primary school children learn techniques to manage their fears, increase their confidence and improve their social skills.       

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We guide Year 6 pupils in their transition between primary and secondary school.  We help children understand the differences between primary and secondary school, address any fears or worries they have about the transition and let them know who to go to if they experience difficulties. 

Managing Behaviour for parents and carers

Family Support workers offer one-to-one or group work with parents, empowering them to develop their skills.

Support workers assist with:

  • Positive parenting and family activities
  • Rules, boundaries and routines
  • Anger management
  • Child needs: anxiety and low self esteem
  • Family relationships: attachment, bereavement and parental separation
  • Parenting skills: workshops or one-to-one support using, for example, the Triple P framework or Family Links parenting programme.

Contact us

To find out more about our Family Support Service contact
Rita Nag, Schools’ Family Support Team Manager
Tel: 01675 434041
Email: ritanag@fatherhudsons.org.uk 

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