Home School Link Worker
Our Home School Link Worker is Rachel Parker-Swann
The role of the Home School Link Worker is to:
- To empower, support, signpost and advise parents/carers on a wide range of family needs.
- To help children and families to increase school attendance and punctuality.
- Develop and maintain a positive link between the home and school.
- To work with children to ensure they achieve their full potential.
How can we help you?
The Home School Link Worker role is tailored to support the needs of your family and your circumstances; The Home School Link Worker can help in many ways including:
- Enabling parents and children to discuss concerns or worries in a safe and secure environment.
- To provide early intervention and support at times of stress or change.
- Assisting parents / carers whose children are reluctant to attend school or have been excluded.
- Helping parents / carers who may need support on a wide range of issues or difficulties impacting on their family life eg illness, domestic abuse, mental health, disability or financial difficulties.
- Offering parenting guidance and sign posting to outside agencies and other professionals.
- Helping families and children to access services, resources and local community information.
- Offering support in school meetings.
- Liaising with outside agencies (school nurse, CAHMS, health visitors, GPs) and signpost parents.
- Help to fill out forms such as: Free School meals, Education Maintained Allowance (EMA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
How to contact the Home School Link Worker?
If you would like to speak to our Home School Link Worker,
Rachel Parker-Swann please ring the school office on 01252 782321
The Home School Link Worker offers a confidential service regarding personal issues. However, some information may be passed on to the Senior Leadership Team. If necessary, The Home School Link Worker would seek your permission to also share the information with other staff members within school or outside agencies. Should a safeguarding issue be identified, we are legally bound to follow Government guidelines.
Here are some links to organisations that can offer family support:
- Surrey's Family Information Services provides information, advice and assistance for families with children and young people aged up to 19 years (up to 25 years old for young people with special educational needs)
- Surrey Local Offer is the online hub for 0-25 year olds with special educational needs or a disability www.surreylocaloffer.org.uk
- Care for the Family has lots of useful leaflets to download and articles to help build a healthy family https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/
- Family Voice Surrey supports families of children and young people with additional needs in Surrey https://www.familyvoicesurrey.org/
- Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents with challenging family life https://www.familylives.org.uk/
- Young minds provides advice and support relating to children's mental health https://youngminds.org.uk/
- Money Matters offers financial advice http://www.moneymattersweb.co.uk/