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Family Support Worker recognised for work with vulnerable children

Jenny and Karen

Jenny Ranson, a Family Support Worker from Father Hudson’s Care, has received an award for her work with vulnerable primary school children in Birmingham.

Jenny was nominated by Liz Coleman, Safeguarding Lead at St Francis Catholic Primary School, in recognition of her work in safeguarding and working effectively with other agencies. In the nomination, Liz said Jenny’s “patience in everything, combined with her determination to affect change shows great professionalism.”

When Jenny returned to the school after October half term, Liz announced the surprise news. Jenny said, “I got back to school and Liz told me I’d won an award and been invited to a ceremony.”

Jenny attended the ceremony at Birmingham City Football Club in November, where she was presented with the ‘Education Safeguarding – Partner Agency Contribution’ award for the north of the city, in the family support category. Jon Needham, from Birmingham City Council, said she had “helped some of the most vulnerable children in the area by giving access to food banks, practical advice on parenting and going the extra mile to provide vulnerable families with the support they need.”

/media/news/library/snapshot4.jpgJenny said, “I didn’t know what to say. I am part of a team at Father Hudson’s and we all do the same job. I don’t think what I do or how I do it is any different from any of the other Family Support Workers. We all work really hard in what we do and what we try to achieve, not just in Birmingham, but across the whole team.

“So I said I’d accept the award on behalf of all my colleagues in Father Hudson’s Family Support Service.” 

The important accolade recognises the important impact the Family Support Workers have on improving the lives of the children and families they work with.

Father Hudson’s Family Support in Schools Service provides holistic support to children and families facing difficulties, particularly where these difficulties are affecting the child’s welfare and educational achievement.

Through home and school visits, group work, advocacy and partnership working, Family Support Workers help the family identify and address underlying problems, and ensure they receive the support they need. The service not only benefits vulnerable families, but enhances school life by improving behaviour, attendance and raising individual aspirations. As well as working in Birmingham, the team currently operates in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Banbury. For more information, visit the Fanily Support page on this website.

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