Support for Parents
As a school, we offer a wide range of support for parents and carers. This may be a listening ear, signposting to a service, support with routines and boundaries, debt management... this list goes on!
Parenting in this day and age can be tough - juggling new technologies, the effects of the pandemic, work, school, family life. We are here to support you however we can.
Other than coming into school to talk about the support on offer, here are some useful links that provide support to parents (please also see our Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing page!):
Family Support Line:
The Family Support line (01926 412412) continues to offer immediate advice, support and guidance to professionals, parents and carers, Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Further information can be found in the following link: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/children-families/parenting-support/5
Parenting programmes, courses and workshops:
A comprehensive range of online courses and practitioner led workshops and parenting programmes are available as part of universal and extra help. Booking details are available through Eventbrite. For more information please go to: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/parentingcourses
The Warwickshire Family Information Service (FIS) is an information and signposting service for families with children from 0 - 25 years old. You can call them FREE on 0800 408 1558 or visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/contactusfamilyinformationservice
The Job Centre in Rugby is doing all that they can to support people finding work in these unprecedented times. To find out what they could do for you, click here.
Rugby Food bank: www.rugby.foodbank.org.uk
Rugby Citizens Advice have a drop in service at Long Lawford Children and Family Centre Fridays 1pm-2pm (*may not be holding face-2-face sessions at present due to COVID-19 pandemic*) they can provide advice on Welfare Benefits, Debt matters, Disability issues, Housing, Consumer issues, Relationship and family matters, you can also contact them on 01788 566238 Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-2pm.
National CAB Advice line: 0300 330 1163, 9am - 4pm Monday – Friday.
Rugby Children's Centres offer great support to parents. To see what they can offer you, visit https://www.facebook.com/rugbychildrenscentres/
Support for Abuse Victims - Abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual or financial. It can be words or actions. It can be online or in person. At home or in the street.
It can be inflicted by a partner, ex-partner, family member, colleague, friend or stranger.
But these are just some examples. Whatever form it takes, abuse should never be justified as ‘an act of love’ or dismissed as ‘harmless fun’. Any behaviour that embarrasses, demeans, frightens or distresses people is abuse. And it has to stop. Visit https://enough.campaign.gov.uk/ for support.
Setting boundaries with your child, using rules and rewards, and coping with challenging behaviour can be tough. Action for Children have some great advice around this: https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/behaviour/?gclid=CjwKCAjwkvWKBhB4EiwA-GHjFoQvCW1nDE8TGRUzjxeVao0YXAM6IAFPKqZJj9ZyfCUkSQfeyrrRnxoCPlMQAvD_BwE
We have our very own Child and Family Lead, who supports parents with many things. Meet Mrs McSweeney! Here are a few words from her...
My name is Mrs McSweeney, and I am the Child and Family Lead here at Long Lawford Primary School. As my job title suggests, I am here to offer help, support and encouragement to each of you. This includes any challenges, concerns or questions you may have about education, attendance, parenting or family relationships, to enable your children to feel safe and secure and therefore achieve their best here and on into the future.
What does she know??... I hear you ask. Well... I’m pretty old... and I have learned a thing or three in my life! I am raising 4 wonderful children and I have worked in education for 15+ years. Life is never all plain sailing and the things that I have experienced help me to have an open heart and mind, to help without judgement... for an hour, a day, a week or even a year. If you ever need to chat you are always welcome to catch me in school or to call the school office to arrange a good time to come in.