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Family Wellbeing

Welcome to the Family Well Being page, where you will find various information that we hope will support your family.  As Family Well Being Lead I will keep the page updated and try my best to provide you with a variety of information, if there is anything you would like added feel free to let me know.

Within our first introductory letter to parents, in addition to my official title of “Family Well Being Lead”, Mrs Bridges described me as an “Official Auntie”, I love that title because in short that’s kind of what the role involves, looking after you all, making sure you feel safe, helping you to iron out any little blips that might keep you awake at night. Although, I guess that’s why my title isn’t “Fairy Godmother” because I don’t have a magic wand and I can’t promise to put things right as quickly as we might all like but I’ll certainly support you to find your way.

 

In respect of your children, firstly, I can promise you, I’ll never work with your child without you knowing, I want us to work together to find the way forward so we’ll always have a chat before we move on to the next steps. If your child needs a little bit of extra support in school for instance for reassurance, a short time out to gather their thoughts, time to talk through any anxiety, we will find a way. Alternatively there might be a bigger issue, perhaps while we wait for a CAMHS referral or while we are finding out what is stopping your child from learning. I’m a qualified Thrive Practitioner, which in general terms means that I like to help children find their confidence and love of learning through play activities, so a visit to me won’t be alarming in any way, for now, just be rest assured that I’ll always explain next steps with you and you’ll be able to see whatever activities we do together on the Tapestry link.

 

Then there’s you, the adults in the family. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could all go through life without a care in the world but there will always be “something” that might be keeping you awake at night. If there is, come and have a chat with me, I can promise you I doubt you’ll bring a problem with you that I haven’t either experienced myself or helped someone else to deal with. I promise to work non-judgementally, because realistically we all live life in different ways. I believe the most important factors to establishing a workable relationship with any family is Trust & Respect, both qualities have to be earned, and will take time, I’m prepared for that. We cannot expect a family to meet a professional for the first time and feel comfortable to offload their innermost emotions, so don’t be worried about what I might ask you, you’ll be leading the way. Here’s to a successful term, you can contact me on lsmith@stpeter-stpaul.surrey.sch.uk, phone the school and leave me a message or leave a message with any member of the staff team and I’ll call you.

 

 

Kind regards

Linda Smith

Family Wellbeing Lead

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