Family Support at Kitwell Primary School.
At Kitwell we understand that many children and families experience difficult times which can make school and home life a struggle. If you have any worries or concerns about yourself or your child, however trivial you may think they are, one of the roles of a Family Support Worker (FSW) is to work closely with children and families who may be experiencing some sort of difficulty that is having an impact on them and their family. It could be a complex issue such as bereavement, separation or changes in family circumstances.
At Kitwell the emotional welfare of our pupils is of the greatest importance and having a dedicated FSW enables these issues to be given the care and time needed to be sensitively and compassionately worked through together.
Below are some resources that you may find helpful.
Support Documents from Birmingham City Council:
Physical Difficulties Support Service Help
Edgbaston Early Help
Self refer for housing advice, financial advice, behaviour support and domestic abuse.
The Winston's Wish helpline team are here to help you with your grief. You can contact them by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by using an online chat (open Tuesdays 1-5pm and Fridays 9.30am – 1pm)
If you need urgent help, the Winston’s Wish Crisis Messenger text service is available 24/7 and is free and confidential – text WW to 85258.
SUPPORT for FAMILIES
For any parents or families needing some extra support there are numerous agencies available that will offer you support over the phone, by email or face to face.
Loads of resources to support children with specific needs.
If families need any food then they can ring and arrange to collect themselves.
Trussell Trust - St Boniface Church, Quinton, Wednesday between 11.00am and 1.00pm. See school first to get a red card to take with them.
Kooth - www.kooth.com. is linked into the wider mental health support from Forward Thinking Birmingham and offers:
Childline – www.childline.org.uk or 0800 1111 7.30am-3.30am.
Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. We've got advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm.
Samaritans – www.samaritans.org or 116 123 (freephone number) or 0330 094 5717 - We're available by telephone and email, all day, every day of the year
Mind – email@example.com - 0300 123 3393
Young Minds - for children and young people - 0808 802 5544
The Mix - Young people 13-25 Any problems at all - 0808 808 4994 - When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is.
NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk – 020 7825 2505
Living Well UK - 0121 663 1217 Offers lots of support not just for Mental health services.
BEAT - Eating Disorders - Live Chat - 0808 801 0677 - 365 days a year. 9.00am-8.00pm weekdays. 4.00pm-8.00pm weekends & Bank Holidays.
Domestic Violence – 0808 2000 247
Domestic Abuse Team – 0121 303 0368
British Womens Aid – bswaid.org
Victim support – www.victimsupport.org.uk