Support for Families: Our Offer of Early Help
Being a parent is one of the most important jobs there is; it is also one of the hardest. Every family is unique with its own combination of strengths and needs.
Sometimes we can get overwhelmed when it comes to juggling money, school, jobs, health and each other’s individual needs. And if that isn’t enough, life can sometimes throw other challenges at us, affecting our families, such as a mental or physical illness, long-term addiction, a job loss, or a bereavement. Even ‘joyful’ events such as a new relationship, a house move or a new job can bring unexpected problems.
How We Can Help
We understand just how complicated family life can be and the different effects this can have on family members. From time to time there may be situations where you or someone in your family need extra help and support. We can of course, in times of need, turn to family and friends, but sometimes it may be easier to talk to someone impartial; this is where we may be able to help.
We have what we call an ‘offer of early help’. We appreciate that when things aren’t going well, it can be hard to take those first steps to ask for support; it can leave us feeling ‘open and vulnerable’. The good thing is that you don’t have to ask for help – the offer of help is already there.
We suggest that in the first instance you talk to your child’s teacher. However, we appreciate that you may find it easier to talk to Mr Moss or a member of our pastoral team, co-ordinated by Kerrie Bennett, our Pastoral Lead.
We will work with you to find a way forward for you and your family. There are many ways we can do this. It may be within school, for example helping your child to join an after-school club or to become a Play Leader. In other situations we may find that, with your permission, we need to tap into other organisations who have more expertise, for example support with bereavement or counselling. If you prefer, you can contact these agencies yourself and we are happy to signpost you. Two of our pastoral team are trained to run parenting support groups.