The Family Team is focussed on supporting families and helping to build better school communication with parents and carers. If it’s a query about your child’s learning please speak to their teacher in the first instance.
For most other things, it is always worth having the conversation with us. We will get to know your child and family fairly well during their time with us, which will include life's’ ‘ups an downs’ and many challenges as circumstances change.
We are confidential, impartial and will not judge you. You have to consent and give permission for any work that we do for you, so you remain fully in control. We are legally required to share any Child Protection concerns.
We recognise that the best outcomes for children happen when school and parents work together effectively. You know your child best and nobody has all the answers to everything. We all need to help each other at times.
We are experienced Early Help practitioners within the WCC Children & Families 'Think Family protocol', co-working with multiple agencies to prevent family crisis by working together restoratively to promote well -being and inclusion. We maintain regular links with local Early Help networks, such as foodbanks, welfare rights, Health & Wellbeing centres, Family Centres, Rise / Mind and Dimensions, Entrust, Circles and Surecare, plus others. We utilise and share National strategies and information from Contact, Mencap, Scope to raise awareness and we provide practical assistance with completing documents, such as DLA, PIP forms, plus provide advocacy to attend meetings both in and out of school.
When Covid restrictions ease, we will continue our work to share SEN parenting strategies through workshops and courses, and also to help eliminate isolation and build friendships and informal support through our parent drop-ins and coffee mornings. We hope to see you there.
We welcome ideas about how we can communicate and support parents more effectively—please let us know.
· You can contact us via the main school telephone, by email, dojo and text or call our team mobile.
· You can ask your child’s teacher to make a referral to us.
· Please come and see us at Parents Evening or events at school, as we are usually there to support.
We can offer home visits (local and national Covid19 rules will apply) and can offer some out of school hours flexibility to include working parents when possible. Whichever way, we would love to hear from you and to help if we can.
The Brooke Family Team are all members of the Designated Safeguarding Lead team at school and often receive referrals for support from this process and co-work with pupil pastoral team where identified as useful. We also support school with ensuring the daily parent pick up is as safe as possible on site, and not impacting on the main road. We are all paediatric first aiders within school, which supports with daily needs, however was originally to provide support for holiday activities on site. This has not been possible for last couple years due to funding restraints and Covid19 limitations.