Family Support

A strong, stable and loving family network provides a foundation for children to flourish and fulfil their potential. However, many families will face difficulties at some time and some have multiple complex needs.

At St Oswald’s we want to help, in any way we can, to assist families overcome these difficulties and so have a dedicated team in place to offer support and advise.

Emotional Support

Meet our Family Support Worker

Heidi is available to work with all our families at St Oswald’s in many different ways.

This could be by supporting families when they are experiencing difficult times at home, for example family break down, domestic violence, mental health issues and bereavement. She also works with parents or carers who need support with strategies to use at home when their child’s behaviour changes or is challenging.

Heidi also coordinates Early Help Plans when they are needed for children to ensure support is in place and that all agencies are working together to improve outcomes for children.

Practical Support

Mental Health and Wellbeing Links

Here are few organisation that might be useful. Please feel free to call if you’d like any further information.

MindMate was designed with young people, for young people, to provide a central place for information about common mental health issues and where you can find support.

The Market Place is a drop in centre for young people offering advice and counselling on a range of subjects affecting young people.

The Market Place are speaking up to say BLACK LIVES MATTER. We are committed to doing all we can to support our black staff, service users, family, friends, and communities.

Young Minds the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

They want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Zarach deliver beds and basics to children in poverty.

Too many local families are tired, desperate and hopeless. Thousands of children in Leeds are going to sleep hungry and cold; without a proper bed of their own. Poverty is a real problem that has a significant effect on a child’s education.

Kooth is an anonymous site which helps children and young people to feel safe and confident in exploring their concerns and seeking professional support.

On Kooth, qualified counsellors are online seven days a week to provide young people using the service with online counselling, through chat-based messaging via drop-in or booked sessions.

Students will need to sign up to use Kooth, but it is completely free.

Useful Attendance Documents

Food Resilience Toolkit