Child & Family Support
Here at St Nicholas School, we recognise the need to provide pastoral care for all our children. Mrs I O’Hare is our Child & Family Support Worker and has over eleven years experience working as pastoral support at St Nicholas School.
What does child & family work involve?
ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY
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Mrs O'Hare works closely with other agencies such as Young Carers , Family Support Centres, Sure Start, Social Services , Lancashire Police, The Womens Centre and many more. She is able to offer a referral service and are often able to help identify where a parent needs to go for help.
Mrs O'Hare is one of our DSPs (Designated Senior Persons) in school able to deal with concerns and disclosures about childrens welfare and safety. Mrs Axon is the senior DSP in school.
As parents and staff, we all have a responsibility to keep children safe and free from harm. This area of work also includes internet safety education.
Part of the role is to encourage parents to get involved with school life. There have been many reports that indicate children do better at school if parents are involved in the school in some way. Mrs O'Hare can organise information evenings , exhibitions, family day trips out during holidays , breakfast parties plus many more opportunites to get involved.
This list is not exhaustive! Child and Family Support work is very varied and tailored to the needs of the parents. If you do experience problems at home, please call in to school. Mrs O'Hare is here to support you and help remove any social barriers that are preventing children from learning.
Being a parent is probably one of the hardest jobs we do; asking for help is a positive move, not a negative one.