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Family Support Worker

Welcome to the Family Support Worker page.


My name is Martin Richards and I have supported many families over the years. I have built an excellent relationship with many families and I am happy to support many more families in the future. Please take a look at what my role involves.

 

Please call the Office if you would like to contact me or email directly at m.richards@pennington-jun.hants.sch.uk.

 

What does my role involve as Family Support Worker?

 

As the school’s Family Support Worker I am able to provide information and support to families and children to get them the help they feel they may require. I am able to promote and enhance the relationship between home and school, often working alongside the teachers to reach successful outcomes for the children and families. I work in partnership with a wide range of agencies and professionals to deliver support and interventions, attend meetings and represent the school in a variety of settings. I can help support parents where it’s appropriate, with useful strategies and routines. I can offer emotional and social support for children whilst they are in school. Sometimes I am unable to help, but I would hope to be able to signpost you to outside agencies, organisations and professionals that can offer the relevant support or advice.

 

Martin Richards – Family Support Worker - In school every day.
 

Mr R

 

What does a Family Support Worker do?

 

  • I offer impartial support, advice and guidance to parents and carers.
  • I am a School-based service that provides free support with:
    • Parenting concerns
    • School transition
    • School attendance
    • Healthy lifestyle
    • Confidence building
    • Mental well-being
    • Relationship breakdown
    • Accessing local services
    • Behaviour management
    • E-safety
    • Bereavement
    • School holiday activities
    • Benefits / housing / Debt.
  • I also support children on a 1:1 basis, listening and working with them in different ways
    • e.g. Anger management and control
    • Key transitions, including moving between schools/classes
    • Development of pupil self-esteem and confidence
    • Friendship issues / bullying, including social networking
    • Family issues: bereavement, new baby in the family, parent’s separation / divorce.

 

How do I do it?


As a Family Support Worker I give support to families in many different ways including:

  • One-to-one working with parents and carers including talking, listening and supporting Finding practical strategies with parents/carers and children to improve learning, behaviour and relationships
  • Referring and signposting to local services Drop-in coffee mornings.
     

Why might you need to contact me?

 

As parents/carers, every day a new challenge or question may arise and you may wonder what the answer or solution is.

  • "My child's behaviour is getting out of control"
  • "I'm worried about parents evening"
  • "Since my partner left, things haven't been the same"
  • "I'm worried about my child"
  • "I would just like someone to share my concerns with"

If you would like a friendly chat, I can be found on the playground before school or alternatively, please contact me to make an appointment or leave a message for me at the school office.

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