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Family support


Supporting families, strengthening schools

Working with schools, health and social care agencies and the voluntary sector, our Family Support Service supports children and families to overcome adversity and disadvantage they face, particularly where these are affecting a child’s emotional wellbeing, mental health and educational achievement

  Benefits to schools      Areas of support      Case studies     More information



What is Family Support? 

Family Support workers help children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in school or at home.

The support: 

  • motivates parents to bring about change
  • strengthens relationships within families
  • promotes children’s wellbeing and resilience.

When children and young people are experiencing problems, these can present themselves through changes in behaviour, low educational attainment, absence or poor self-esteem. Working with the family, school and other agencies, Family Support workers identify the underlying causes and support families to address them.    

Through one-to-one and group work, the support offered by our Family Support workers empowers families to effect lasting change.

Support work is child-centred and led by the needs of the individual family. It has a lifelong effect by improving attendance, behaviour, self-esteem and confidence, overcoming obstacles to learning, and raising aspirations.


Benefits to schools

Students who are vulnerable or experiencing challenging situations 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 be unavailable because of teaching commitments.


Our Family Support workers are a dedicated, experienced and professional resource, whose interventions have been proven to:

  • improve school attendance and behaviour in school
  • raise pupil attainment
  • improve relationships within and between families and schools
  • smooth the transition from primary to secondary school
  • reduce the amount of time school staff spend dealing with disengaged families. 

Our areas of support

We work holistically, assisting families to overcome a wide range of adversities and barriers. Some of the most common areas we support with are:

/media/children_families/library/areas-of-support-4.jpgWe offer safeguarding support, individual casework, group sessions and more. Full details about the interventions we use can be found in the Family Support Service leaflet.  

Case studies

Testimony from teachers
Testimony from a young person
Testimony from parents



More information

Contact us

To find out more about our Family Support Service contact
Zena Wedgwood, Schools’ Family Support Team Manager
Tel: 07823 526789 / 01675 434000

Download our leaflet for more information

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