Support Within School
St. Mary’s Catholic Primary, A Voluntary Academy can offer support.
You can speak to:
Your child’s teacher or teaching assistant
The SENCo (Special Education and Disability Co-ordinator)
The School Nurse
The School Social Work Service – Faith in Families
The School Nurse can offer support with any health concerns you have about your child that does not require emergency treatment for example behaviour, continence problems, dental care, diet and nutrition, healthy weight, emotional/mental health.
To get in touch with the School Nurse a referral form can be made on your behalf by either your child’s teacher or the SENCo.
You can also ring Nottingham Health and Care Point 0300 131 300 and select option 5 to speak to a service provider - ask to make a referral to a school nurse. Alternatively you can visit the website and make an online referral www.nottinghamcitycare.nhs.uk
We do try and have School Nurse drop in sessions for parents and carers each term so look out for letters and text messages notifying you about these.
Faith in Families help children and their families who may be having worries at home or school. It has been introduced at St. Mary’s in recognition of the fact that young people sometimes have personal or family difficulties that bay benefit by intervention from a Social Worker based in school.
The service is provided to the school by Faith in Families, which is primarily a child care agency providing social work services across the Diocese.
Aims of the Service
To identify difficulties and undertake preventative work at an early stage so that young people can be helped to overcome their problems and reach their full potential
To nurture the emotional and spiritual development of individual children and young people within the school and home community
To work together with Local Authorities, other agencies and the community of the church to ensure that young people and families receive the most appropriate service
Consultation visits and support are available to school and families in the community.
Confidential individual work can be offered to young people and families to give them the opportunity to share concerns, understand choices and help in reaching informed decisions.
Working together with Local Authorities, other agencies and the community of the church to share knowledge, experience and information (where appropriate).
Parental consent is normally sought. The discussion in the sessions will remain confidential to the young person unless there is a risk of harm to anyone. If you are concerned about your son or daughter meeting with the Social Worker, please talk to school who can put you in touch with the School Social Worker or alternatively you can ring Faith in Families and they will be happy to talk this through with you.
Telephone: 0115 955 8811