SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES:
At Queens Park we understand children learn best when families feel settled and supported. We work hard to help support parents and carers, and to enable them to access support when it is needed.
If you are concerned about your child, or feel your family could benefit from support, please get in contact with Jo Clark (SENDCO), or one of our Learning Mentors via the school office on email@example.com.
SCHOOL NURSE: All schools have regular visits from the School Nurse. She can help advise you on your child’s weight and growth, sleeping and toileting, vaccinations, as well as other physical and mental health problems. If your child has a medical condition or illness, she will work with both the family and the school to make sure your child can attend safely and the medical needs are met.
To make an appointment with her, please contact the school office. You can also speak to the school nurses team directly on 01273 696011 Ext 1692
SAFETY NET FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER: Our school funds a Family Support Worker through the local charity Safety Net (www.safety-net.org.uk). She comes in to school fortnightly and will meet with parents and carers confidentially. She provides advice and support with all parenting issues, including behavioural issues, supporting families where there has been a bereavement, and supporting separated parents. If the issue needs more support than she can provide, she can signpost you to other services in the city.
To make an appointment, please speak to Kelly Bassett in the Office, or speak to Jo Clark (SENDCO) or one of the Learning Mentors if you would like further information.
PRIMARY SCHOOL FAMILY COACHING SERVICE: This service can support your family more in the longer term (usually 8-12 weeks) when family issues are impacting on your child’s school attendance, educational progress or health and wellbeing. These issues could include parental conflict/separation, domestic violence/abuse, financial, parental mental/physical health, housing, unemployment, anti-social or offending behaviour. The coach will work with your family to complete a full assessment, and involve other services that can help you.
We need to refer families to this service through the Front Door for Families website. Please speak to Jo Clark (SENDCO) if you would like to discuss a referral.
PRIMARY MENTAL HEALTH WORKER: Our Primary Health Worker comes into school every half term, and is available to discuss parents’ concerns around their children’s mental health. She is the first port of call for parents concerned about any mental health issues, including ADHD and anxiety, and can advise whether a referral to CAMHS might be appropriate.
To make an appointment, please speak to Ms Clark (SENDCO)
SCHOOL COUNSELLOR: The school funds a school counsellor through the YMCA Dialogue Service (www.ymcadlg.org/health-and-wellbeing/dialogue). The counsellor comes in for a morning a week, and can support children who are coping with bereavement, family separation, or other factors that are affecting their school and home life.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of your child seeing the counsellor, please discuss with Emma Gale or Jo Clark.
There is usually a waiting list, and it can be a long wait for this service. However parents can access counselling for their child outside of school through the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service. The website with links for this is https://www.brightonandhovewellbeing.org/referrals. Please contact Jo Clark, or one of our Learning Mentors, if you would like some help with this.
YOUNG CARERS: Many children have a caring role in the home, supporting their siblings, parents, or other relatives who might have a disability, a medical need, or other additional needs. Young Carers is an organisation who work to support children and young people in these circumstances, linking with school around their needs, as well as organising fun activities outside school.
If you feel your child would be eligible for this service, please contact Jo Clark, or the Learning Mentors.
Links to other services:
Amaze – Amaze provides support for families who have children with SEN https://amazesussex.org.uk/
Bereavement Support –
Cruse Bereavement Support - https://www.cruse.org.uk/
Winston’s Wish - https://www.winstonswish.org/
Support and Advice following family separation –
Alcohol and Drug use and addiction - https://www.oasisproject.org.uk/young-oasis/
Mental Health – Young Minds offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. https://youngminds.org.uk/
Childline. If you need someone to talk to, you can talk to Childline about any problem you are worried about. They are available 24 hours a day and can talk to you in confidence. The number won’t appear on your phone bill. You can call them for free on 0800 1111 or visit their website.
Personal Safety – RISE is a domestic abuse charity working in Brighton and Hove and West Sussex. It can help with refuge accommodation, resettlement, crisis appointments, helpline, counselling, housing, legal and financial advice, solicitor’s appointments, support groups, play therapy,1 to 1 support. https://www.riseuk.org.uk/
Online Safety – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Self Harm - Hopeline UK 0800 068 4141Confidential support and advice for young people, or anyone concerned about a young person at risk of self harm.
At Queens Park Primary School we recognise and value individual differences in an inclusive learning community. We nurture children to become resilient lifelong learners and caring, responsible adults in a diverse society.
We recognise that to become a truly ‘inclusive’ school – a school in which all children and all families, whatever their needs, feel equally welcome and valued and receive exactly the support they need – is a challenging goal towards which we continue to strive with total commitment. We seek to foster warm, welcoming and respectful environments, which allow us to question and challenge discrimination and inequalities, resolve conflicts peacefully and work and learn free from harassment and violence. We want all who attend our school to develop a positive sense of belonging and their own identity.
We welcome all pupils and staff, irrespective of race, colour, creed or impairment. Every member of staff shares the responsibility to remove barriers to learning for all pupils, including those with a disability.
We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities.
We recognise that there are similarities and differences between individuals and groups but we will strive to ensure that our differences do not become barriers to participation, access and learning and create inclusive processes and practices, where the varying needs of individuals and groups are identified and met. We therefore cannot achieve equality for all by treating everyone the same. We believe we all have equal rights, but may have different needs.
We believe that effective equality practice will contribute to raising aspirations and achievement, keeping children safe from bullying and prejudice and from the dangers of radicalisation and extremism. We actively promote respect between groups of children and young people and prepare them to live and work in a diverse world.
Queens Park School SEN Information Report - Sept 2020
Safety Net Home School Support Worker Jan 2021