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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


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.