Family Support at Aldermoor Farm Primary School
At Aldermoor Farm Primary School we are able to offer many varieties of support to families. We have a team of friendly and supportive workers, working hard to overcome any barriers to learning.
- Miss Charlotte Sutton – Safeguarding & Pastoral Manager
- Mr Gary O’Keefe –Family Support Worker
The family support team are trained in the Signs of Safety Tool which is used to establish what strengths there are in your family and what areas you are worried about and may need some further support with. This information is gathered through an Early Help Assessment. This is a voluntary process whereby together we can draw up a plan of action for your family. The plan is then reviewed at regular intervals.
Aldermoor Farm Primary School adhere to the Right Time, Right Help guidance to ensure where possible children and families receive Early Help according to the level of their needs. Sometimes if we feel that a child is at significant risk of harm, then we will speak to you about a referral to social care so that the support you need is put in place urgently.
In the interest of Safeguarding children, there may be occasions when the school has to consult other agencies without parent’s prior knowledge. The school’s first concern is the child’s welfare and the school has a legal duty to protect the child at all times. Such consultation may result ina formal referral to Coventry’s MASH team.
This is a multi-agency safeguarding hub, where a number of professionals from Social Care, Health, Police, Education, Early Help and Community Safety can share information they hold about you and your family, and see what help and support your family is eligible to get. There are situations where this referral could prompt visits from social care and/or the police.
We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances, but we can assure you that we follow the procedures laid down by the Coventry Safeguarding Board and the procedures outlined in our own school safeguarding policy. Our Safeguarding Policy can be found on our Policies Page
At the school we try and support with a whole range of issues. If we feel that further services are required then we will refer to some of these listed below:
- LAW Centre – for legal advice regarding a whole range of issues.
- IAPT – Improving access to psychological therapies
- Foodbank – foodbank vouchers issued for families in times of need-local church
- Change Grow Live– for support with alcohol/substance misuse
- CDVASS – for support relating to domestic abuse
- CRASAC – for support relating to rape/sexual abuse
We have a range of agencies that come into school to work with children directly:
- Time for you – Counselling service
- Talk and draw – 1:1 therapy for children in need of emotional support
- Encompass Click here for more information
These agencies all work on a referral basis so please speak to a member of the team if you feel your child would benefit from one of these interventions.
If you feel that you require any additional support please call in either in person or on 024 7645 6272 and ask to speak to Miss Sutton or Mr O’Keefe.
If you have any concerns during during the school holidays please telephone 02476 788555 or seek advice from the NSPCC 0808 800 5000