Family Support at Middleforth
For those who don’t know me yet, my name is Mrs Knight and I am the Pupil and Family Support Worker at Middleforth Primary School. I have an open-door policy, although it is better to make an appointment to be sure I am available. I have a great deal of knowledge and experience that is beneficial to supporting the children and families at our school.
All support and advice is confidential. Although I can’t say I know all the answers, I can try to help and support you to find a solution or signpost you to the relevant agency for help. Sometimes as parents we just need someone to talk to and to be able to offload problems and worries, and we are here to help with this. Parenting can be challenging at times and is often stressful. I know this as I am also a parent!
I work closely with your children, their families, school staff and outside agencies to try to remove barriers to children’s learning to help them to reach their full potential. I complete direct work with children needing support and also provide an ear for them to talk to when needed.
Some aspects of my role is supporting with issues regarding:
- behaviour - at home and at school
- money issues
- parental separation
- family illness
- housing issues
- linking with agencies and support group
- wellbeing support
- signposting to various agencies
- attending relevant meetings
- one to one support for pupils using a range of interventions
I also run a lunch time nurture club for the children. This is a safe place for children to come and relax in a calm environment. There are opportunities for children such as playing games, colouring, mindfulness activities or even just a chance to come and chat to me.
I work full time, during the school term. I may not be able to get back to you straight away but I will always do my best.
You can contact me at:
or phone me on 01772 746024
Early Help at Middleforth
Early help refers to the offer of any information, advice or support to children, young people and their families as soon as possible in their lives, or when issues emerge, to help prevent problems from escalating.
Early Help Assessment
The Early Help Assessment is an intervention with a family to gather, explore and analyse with them information about all aspects of the child or young person (and their family's) life and then to identify areas where change will address support needs and positively impact on their lived experiences.
This is recorded on an Early Help Assessment form which includes the family's Early Help Plan.
Your Family's Early Help Assessment is available to all practitioners and professionals working with children, young people, and their families across Lancashire.
Working alongside families from a holistic, strength-based approach when areas of support are first identified will stop escalation towards crisis and the need for more intensive and specialist intervention.
Through the Early Help Assessment, Plan, and reviews via Team Around the Family meetings the wider partnership of services can provide families with the right support at the right time.
Here is a link to latest 'TAGG' newsletter. TAGG are an amazing charity who provide free support for families and children (aged 8-18) with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD/C), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and social communication needs. They ALSO support families who are on the pathway to a diagnosis! There is an email address on the newsletter which you can email for further information too. TAGG will be opening up a parent support group soon and providing training, they will advertise this on their newsletters so get signed up! I just have!
- Child Bereavement UK"Child Bereavement UK supports families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement."
- Samaritans"Offering a safe place for you to talk, any time you like, in your own way about whatever is going on in your life."
- Youngminds"YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people."
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)"CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. CAMHS are the NHS services that assesses and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties."
- Gingerbread"We provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents."
- Young carers
- https://staywise.co.uk/ - a useful wesbite with ideas on how to teach children to keep themselves safe e.g. online, with water and ice, personal safety, fire safety etc
- South Ribble Council- Local information for a wide variety of support issues (Safeguarding, domestic abuse, rental/landlord issues etc) FAQs help South Ribble Together
- Children and Family Wellbeing service- The Children and Family Wellbeing Service provide early help on a whole range of issues affecting you and your family. They provide targeted services for children and young people across the age range 0-19+. Working together with key partners, they aim to ensure that we have maximum impact on achieving positive outcomes for your family.
- Domestic Abuse: Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. Witnessing domestic abuse can have lasting effects on children. If you are an adult experiencing domestic abuse, there are organisations that can help.
National Domestic Violence helpline: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/
Men's advice line: https://mensadviceline.org.uk/
Anna Freud - The overarching aim of our services is to build resilience and to help children, young people and families who are in distress.