Family Support

FamilySupportHello everyone, I am Ms Taylor and I am the Family Liaison Officer

At Old Park Primary we understand that many children and families experience difficult times which can make a happy, successful school and home life a struggle.

If you have worries or concerns about your child, you can always talk to their class teacher and the Head Teacher as they know your child and can work with you to address any issues.  However, for whatever reason, you might not feel able to or there may be other problems which parents/carers need some help with.  One of the roles of a Family Liaison Officer is to work closely with children and families who may be experiencing difficulties, this could be as simple as a misunderstanding with friends or it could be a more complex issue such as bereavement or a change in family circumstance. It may be that the support is needed for a short while or it could be a longer process. At Old Park Primary School the emotional welfare of our pupils (and families!) is of the greatest importance and having a dedicated Family Liaison Officer enables these issues to be given the time and care needed to be sensitively and compassionately worked through together. We seek to break down the barriers to learning and help you to deal with challenges in a positive way so that all children can be successful and make good progress.

I listen without judgement and appreciate parents/carers issues and offer suggestions and advice for individuals and families on behaviour management, boundaries, routines, school attendance, punctuality, healthy eating to name a few.  I can also refer and signpost to other services available within Sandwell to help you find solutions.

I work with families who are going through difficult times including relationship breakdown, bereavement, mental well-being and financial hardship.

In consultation with parents/carers we can put in place in school to work through issues your child(ren) may face such as anger management and control, key school transitions, development of pupil self-esteem and confidence, friendship issues, family issues: bereavement, new baby in the family, parent’s separation/divorce

Would you like a friendly chat? Do you know where to go for any advice/support? Do you know what’s going in your area? Please contact me to make an appointment on 0121 526 2669 or email eve.taylor@oldpark.sandwell.sch.uk.

Here are a few support documents available for you to download

Family and Play Therapy – Now available

Christian Dixon, a trained therapist for drama and art therapy, is now part of our pastoral team.  Christian comes into school once a week to offer family therapy, drama and play therapy to children and their families.  For more information, please pop in and speak to either Eve Taylor or Sam Pearce.

Here are some useful contacts which are generally free of charge, please come and see me if you need support in accessing there services:

Albion Foundation

Information: Specialist sporting activities for disabled children and young people

Contact details: 0871 271 9840

Alcohol, drugs & gambling service

Information: Alcohol, drugs & gambling service

Contact details: 0121 622 8181

Autism West Midlands

Information: Support for children with autism & Asperger’s syndrome

Contact details: 0121 450 7582

Bullying Support

Information: Support for families affected by bullying

Contact details: 0845 352 7552

CARES

Information: Offers support and advice for carers

Contact details: 0121 558 7003

Citizens Advice Bureaux

Information: Free advice on legal issues, housing, benefits

Contact details: 0121 500 2730

Connexions

Information: Provides support for 13-19 year old

Contact details: 0845 352 0055

Counselling Service

Information: For bereavement, life crisis, family issues, anger management

Contact details: Self-referral – 0303 033 9903

Cruise Bereavement

Information: For support during a bereavement

Contact details: 0121 544 4510

DECCA

Information: Drug/alcohol counselling for young people

Contact details: 0845 838 5317

Early Years’ Service

Information: Advice and free nursery places fir 2,3 & 4 year olds

Contact details: 0121 569 4914

Education Benefits

Information: How to access free school meals, uniform and travel vouchers

Contact details: Go to this website for more details 

Family Fund

Information: Provides grants to low income families for essential items

Contact details: 08449 744 099

Family Information Service

Information: Provides guidance on all aspects of childcare

Contact details: 0121 569 4914

GAP

Information: Provides Supported accommodation for young women/young parents

Contact details: 0121 544 0919

Job Search

Contact details: Go to www.gov.uk/jobsearch for more information

Loan Shark

Information: Support for illegal money lending

Contact details: 0300 555 2222

MEA

Information: Provides support for child or young people at risk of exclusion

Contact details: 0121 552 8216

Mental Health Line

Information: Provides emotional support for families experiencing mental health issues

Contact details: 0800 132 561

My Time Health

Information: Programmes that promote healthy lifestyles

Contact details:  0121 366 0966

NACRO

Information: Works with offenders and those at risk of offending

Contact details: 0121 552 9589

Relate

Information: Provides relationship counselling

Contact details:  0121 643 1638

Sandwell Homes

Information: Provides support in light of domestic abuse, housing, safety and legal advice

Contact details: 0121 553 0090

Sandwell Women’s Aid

Information: Provides support in light of domestic abuse, housing, safety and legal advice

Contact details: 0121 553 0090

Sandwell Welfare Rights

Information: Advice on benefits

Contact details: 0121 569 3158

Alternatively a search engine: www.askade.org can help you access a number of extra services