Working with Parents and Carers

Who we are

We are a team of 8 Family Support Workers (FSW) offering a range of support services to families across the Beeston, Belle Isle, Holbeck and Hunslet areas of Leeds. We cover 12 Primary Schools, 2 High Schools and 5 Children’s centres across this area. Please visit our website to meet the team.

Working holistically with families to meet their potential

We work restoratively with families to co-ordinate all work through an Early Help Assessment, Plan and Review (EHA/EHP/EHR). These are multi-agency meetings which support you to identify and work towards your families goals, reducing statutory intervention from the local authority provision. Regular Early Help meetings will take place to review progress and engage with appropriate professionals, working together to ensure work is completed transparently and to your family’s satisfaction.

We use the Re-Think Formulation to help you identify your concerns right now. This supports the EHP and focusses direct work with parents, carers and children. Visits often take place in the family home, and your worker will support you to consider the whole family, offering practical parenting and emotional support. This work may include:

  • Support to develop and maintain family relationships and friendships
  • Support understanding of child development and child behaviour
  • Improving self-esteem and confidence
  • Support to manage emotional regulation and improve emotional intelligence (understanding feelings and how they impact on self and others)
  • Support in decision making and advocating for children and involving children in their family’s Early Help Plan process
  • Useful signposting and support to access other services for specific needs – referrals can be made to our commissioned therapeutic services (Impact North, Barca Leeds)
    We can also support with advocacy for families where necessary or when faced with a range of difficult issues, for example:
  • Housing issues
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Self-harm
  • Social, emotional mental health (SEMH)
  • Risk and vulnerability work
  • Routines and boundaries
  • Behaviour management strategies
  • Healthy relationships
  • Supporting quality family time
  • Consequences and rewards
  • Engaging with school
  • Attending appointments
  • Benefits and budgeting advice
  • Supporting children with SEN needs