GFJS Pastoral & Family Worker – Support for Parents/Carers Mrs Burton is our Pastoral & Family Worker. She also provides support, advice and information to the families within our school community. We know that sometimes life can be challenging and chaotic and this can affect children and the wider family.
Mrs Burton is a great listener! She can help with any worries that parents/carers may have in relation to their child’s well-being, education, attendance and behaviour. She can also help signpost families to other specialist services.
Mrs Burton works Monday – Thursday. She is on the Y3 & Y6 entrance in the mornings and the Y4 & Y5 entrance at the end of the school day for parents to chat to. Alternatively parents/carers can phone the school to talk to Mrs Burton or to make an appointment to have a meeting with her.
Advice and support is confidential although concerns relating to the safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the schoo’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
Support for families includes:
Providing advice and support for families when they may need a helping hand or someone to talk through issues with
Providing information and signposting to other services in the local area
Supporting families to ensure good attendance and punctuality for their child
Liaising with a range of external services such as housing, school nursing service, bereavement counselling and social care
Helping to book parent consultations and HAF holiday provision
Assistance in completing paperwork and forms e.g. housing, school places and benefits
Advice and support in promoting positive behaviour at home
Mrs Burton also organises workshops and drop in surgeries related to:
Specific issues that parents often face with children at home such as bed wetting, anxiety, on-line safety
SEND such as Autism and ADHD
Issues that may be affecting families such as debt and housing issues
Career and personal development training for parents/carers
Mrs Burton may not have all the answers, but she will help you to work out how to find them!
You can contact the school over the phone (01189375475) or via the admin email address (email@example.com)
Additional Pastoral & Mental Health Support for Children
Sometimes children may be finding situations at home or school more challenging than usual. When this happens, we offer a range of direct support for children. We can also support parents to access external professional support where this is needed.
Year Group Pastoral Workers (ELSAs)
In school we have a trained pastoral worker working with each year group (ELSAs). They work with children individually or in small groups over a series of sessions to help them better understand their emotions and to help them cope with situations that may be causing them difficulties, upset or
Support for pupils includes:
Promoting self-esteem and confidence
Promoting positive behaviour and positive relationships
Helping with anxiety
Supporting pupils through a challenging home situation
Supporting pupils who have a family member that is ill, in hospital or in prison
Supporting pupils who have lost a loved one or pet
Supporting pupils with transition
Mental Health Support Team (MHST)
Where children need a higher level of well-being support than our pastoral team can provide, we work with Bright Futures for Children Mental Health Support Team to help children receive specialist support.
We have a MHST worker attached to our school and they provide group and 1:1 support in school for identified children.
We can also refer to the MHST triage team to help get children and families the right support.
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