Family Support

Hello everyone, I am Michelle Hellend and I am the Family Support Worker and one of the Deputy Safeguarding Officers at Harvills Hawthorn Primary School.

At Harvills, the emotional welfare of our pupils and their families is of the greatest importance and having a dedicated Family Support Worker enables these issues to be given the time and care needed to be sensitively and compassionately worked through together.

Would you like a friendly chat?

Do you know where to go for advice and support?

Do you know what’s going in your area?

We understand that, on occasion, children and families may experience some difficult times and my role as your Family Support Worker is to work closely with you and your children to help make things better.

If you have any concerns or worries, I can offer suggestions and advice for individuals and families on lots of things, including:

• behaviour management

• anger management and control

• school attendance and punctuality

• key school transitions e.g moving to a new school or to high school

• building good routines

• setting safe boundaries at home

• healthy eating

• relationship breakdowns

• financial hardship

• food bank vouchers

• mental health and well-being

• pupil self-esteem and confidence

• changes in family circumstances such as a new baby in the family, parents' separation/ divorce or bereavement

• support for Young Carers

It may be that support is needed for a short while or it could be a longer process and I will listen, without judgement, to your worries or issues.

I want to help you to help your children become the very best they can be and ensure they are prepared for the next stage of their lives to enable them to contribute positively to their community.

I can also refer and signpost to other services available within Sandwell to help you find the best solutions.

If you would like to have a chat or find out more information, please contact me to make an appointment on 0121 557 1034.