Mrs Thompson, our Attendance & Safeguarding Officer, is in school Monday to Thursday every week. She is also on the playground at the beginning and end of the day with Mrs Johnstone and Mr Gregory.
Mrs Thompson is here to help, support and advise. This could be support for you or your child around emotional well-being, behaviour, sleep etc. It may be there are external issues you may be dealt with that is affecting your family life.
Or it could be that you are concerned about another child or family and you are unsure who to talk to or what to do.
It is often necessary for her to spend some time with your child as part of the support you ask for but this isn’t always the case and this is something that can be talked about together as part of a plan. Mrs Thompson is also the worker in school who may support you if you have support from other agencies such as the School Nursing Team, Social Care or a Paediatrician. She will also be that contact if there are concerns around your child’s attendance and/or safeguarding and you need help to improve this.
Mrs Thompson doesn’t have all the answers but she is able to work through things with you to help find a solution whether it is on her own with you or with need other professionals to help form part of a package of support for your family. Other professionals may include a Family Worker from Early Help Services who will help me to provide the right support for your family at an early stage before the need increases for longer term support because sometimes accessing help for a small issue can often make a big difference.
The links below provide you with information about what this could look like if we work with other agencies to help make things better for your child:
Sometimes we all need a little bit of help with family life and there are many difficulties that are common across all types of families. Accessing support when you need it will benefit you and your family in the long term to ensure your children thrive when they are learning at Ashbrook Junior School and you can then feel much better about yourself and family life when things improve.
You can call the school to arrange an appointment with Mrs Thompson or pop in to reception. Mrs Thompson is also available on Class Dojo so you can message her privately if you need to.
There are many support services in Derbyshire so please see the links below as well as some resources you may find helpful:
Issues with your child’s sleep?
Want to improve your well-being?
Feeling low and don’t know where to start?
Are you needing support to feed your family through a hard time such as health reasons or losing your job suddenly? Please contact school for us to make a request to the food bank before you attend:
Are you suffering harm from your partner or someone you know? This harm doesn’t have to leave bruises or marks. You can quickly exit from this site if someone is near you when you are browsing:
Does your child have a health issue that you need to discuss?
If you need any advice or assistance in accessing these services, please get in touch. Equally if there is another service that you feel you need but isn’t listed, I’m happy to help find one for you. “Together Everyone Achieves More” and this is definitely appropriate when supporting families as it’s ok to not be able to do it on your own, so if you need help, please ask.