From September 2017, primary schools who subscribe to the Family and Child Support for Schools Service (FACSS) will be able to get help from a professional child support worker by calling a family support hotline.
The experts provided by Community Family Care will offer case-specific support, advice, information and guidance.
Sasha Brown, Family Care Manager for CFC, said many primary schools fall through the net when it comes to family support.
“With social care thresholds rising, an increasing number of young people and their families are falling through the support net.
“Schools find themselves taking on more responsibility for issues that fall outside of their education remit. They are experts at teaching, but they don’t always have the expertise or resources to provide family support. Nor do they have the budget to employ a family support worker.
“Often the role becomes an add-on to a teacher’s workload – and teachers have little or no back-up.”
FACCS is a unique subscription service that gives schools access to independent advice, information and guidance from experts at an affordable cost. It can also provide toolkits for intervention, training, supervision and access to a network of Family Support Workers and peer support groups.
“It’s all about early intervention,” said Sasha. “If we are able to guide schools and families along the right lines at primary school, it can prevent all sorts of major issues developing further down the line.”
Anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Family Care helps families, children and young people in need of support. It seeks to improve parents’ confidence, help with routines to get children to school, or more complex support dealing with challenging behaviours at home.