Meet Our Family Support Worker Donna McAteer
You contact Donna at school
On 0116 2832328
or directly on 07378 285273
What is Early help?
Early Help’ means providing help for children, young people and families as soon as problems start to emerge or where it is likely that issues will impact negatively on children’s outcomes.
LCC recognise that Early help is a term that describes much of the everyday work of schools.
Here is our Early Help Offer and how we work with families needing support.
Early Help Offer
Early Help in Leicester
The vision of all partner organisations working with children and families in Leicester is to improve children’s lives by working in partnership to raise aspirations, build achievement and protect the most vulnerable.
This is based on the belief that:
Early help services should support and strengthen families so that they can thrive.
The Role of Schools
Day to Day Support
Most families, most of the time, can get on with their lives quite happily with little or no outside help. If they need help it is usually provided by universal services, such as schools.
Focused Pastoral Support
All families can have times, however, when difficulties arise and they either may not recognise it or may not know how to start putting things right. Schools play a role in supporting families to address these difficulties through more focused pastoral support, which might include bringing in support via an external agency.
Early Help Assessment
For those children and families whose needs and circumstances make them more vulnerable, or where schools need the support of other agencies to meet the needs of the family, a co-ordinated multi-agency approach is usually best. In Leicester this is achieved through undertaking an Early Help Assessment and assigning a Lead Practitioner to work closely with the family to ensure they receive the support they require. Schools should be a key partner in any multi-agency work to support families
What does Donna do?
Our Family Support Worker works full-time at school to support families. This support can include:
Donna works closely with other organisations to promote free family learning events in school. Recent events have included Family Health and First Aid and Feed Your Family for a Fiver.
Alongside working with families, Donna works 1:1 and with small groups of children with: