Family Support

Miss K Townend

Family Support Worker

katytownend@saltaireps.co.uk

The purpose of my role within school is to work in partnership with parents and carers to promote a positive, supportive relationship between school and families which will enrich their children’s education and emotional well-being.

This support is something I can offer as direct work with children and families and also by facilitating groups, activities and workshops within school.

I’m available to meet with people within and outside of school hours, preferably by appointment, but families can also ask at the school office if I am available for a “drop-in” chat.

The following are examples of areas I can offer support to families in:
• Children’s Behaviour
• Family Routines
• Child Social and Emotional Health (within school and at home)
• Parental Social and Emotional Health
• Difficulties with Attendance
• Crisis Support

Each year I will be running the Family Links Nurturing Programme with Mrs Mowbray (https://www.familylinks.org.uk/). Families can contact me for more information on this FREE 10 week programme.

I am also looking to run other groups and workshops that will be of benefit to families – if there is anything in particular you would like to see us run please get in touch and let me know: katywalker@saltaire.bradford.sch.uk.

I am also able to offer support for families to access other organisations such as Early Help Stronger Families and Family Action.

Miss Siobhan Brooks

Family Support Worker

siobhanbrooks@saltaireps.co.uk
Support with concerns regarding COVID-19 
 
I know we are all experiencing uncertainty and anxieties regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak. As a school we are following guidelines set out by the government to minimise risk to children and families. 
 
There is some excellent information and guidance available from the World Health Organisation (WHO) here:
 
 
During this difficult time its important to also take care of our emotional well-being. Please take some time to look at the advice below regarding this from WHO:
 
  • It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, angry and scared during times of crisis. Try to reach out to people you trust to speak to, like friends and family and think about loved ones who may be feeling alone and vulnerable at this time.
 
  • It is important if you are isolated at home to maintain a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a good diet, exercise, good sleep and social contact with others via email, phone and video.
 
  • If you have pre-existing difficulties with your mental health make a plan of how to cope with overwhelming feelings and who to contact for support: this can include family and friends and also professionals and organisations such as Samaritans.
 
  • Make sure information you are looking at is factual and from a recognised and reliable source such as World Health Organisation, NHS or any other public health agency.
 
  • Stop yourself feeling overly agitated or worried by media coverage that might be perceived as upsetting by limiting your time watching, listening to and reading it.
 
  • Use any time in isolation to nurture yourself and your family and take opportunities to do things you enjoy. Your children will be feeding off your reaction to the current situation and will feel secure and reassured if you are able to be maintain a calm and supportive atmosphere.
 
  • Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their fears and worries and give them extra attention and reassurance.
 
  • Try to make time for play and enjoyment.
 
  • Try to keep children close to their caregivers during times of isolation. If time apart is unavoidable (such as hospitalisation) ensure regular contact via phone or video.
 
  • Give children simple, clear and factual information at a level that they can understand and be prepared to answer questions they might have.