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1. Role of Family Resource Worker in extended services in and around schools
   Frances James and Mike Forde, Derbyshire LA

 Building upon the positive external evaluation of extended services in and around schools, Derbyshire LA
 has recently appointed a further 13 Family Resource Workers, located in various schools across the county.
 This workshop will expand on the development and progress of this service. The workshop will consider
 issues relating to:
 Why the service was developed
 Lessons from research
 Criteria for the selection of schools
 The impact of the development of Children’s Services
 Recruitment, appointment, induction and training of Family Resource Workers
 Working with schools, setting up school referral panels

2. Family-friendly schools – “Every Disabled Family Matters”, or does it?
   Pia Kerridge and Joanna Lisk, The Parks School, Rutland

 This workshop will share how a small school and its family centre takes a pro-active approach to engaging
 and consulting with parents to provide the services that families need at the time they most need them. The
 workshop will consider issues relating to:
 Consulting with parents and children
 Empowering parents to lead in the development of support services
 Funding streams to start up projects and services.

3. The Family STEPs network
   Debbie Maclean, Leicestershire LA

 This workshop will provide an overview of Leicestershire’s Family STEPs network and how the individual
 components within family STEPs work together to offer a multi agency service to families. The workshop will
 consider issues relating to:
 Criteria of Family STEPs – preventative work
 How referrals come into the network
 Successful multi-agency working/consultation/joint-working

4. Parent Support Advisers
   Julie Palmer, Northamptonshire LA

Northamptonshire is a pilot for Parent Support Advisers, a new preventative role that will support children
and families where there are early signs that they could benefit from additional help. The aim of the project is
to identify effective early intervention and preventative support and link this work with schools’ extended
services. This workshop will consider the early stages of this scheme, how progress is being made in
Northamptonshire and what the issues will be for others as the pilot rolls out and develops

1.    Parents and emotional well-being
     Led by staff, facilitators and parents from Parish Church Primary School and Charles Baines
     Community Primary School, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

This workshop will outline two Lincolnshire Schools’ involvement in the local Pyramid project, which is aimed
building self-esteem and resilience in children, helped them successfully engage with parents through
Pyramid Parent Groups and how this has lead to ongoing work with parents in the schools. Pyramid, the two
schools, the facilitators and parents themselves will each present their perspectives. The workshop will
consider issues relating to:
 How this approach helps to build self-esteem and resilience in young children.
 Why it was important to engage parents to support their children
 The outcomes for the schools, the parents and the children

2.   Promoting partnership and enhancing communication
     Dorsey Precht, Northamptonshire LA

The Family Partnership Model and Video Interaction Guidance are two complementary approaches being
used in Northamptonshire to work more effectively with families. These approaches contribute to enhancing
reflective communication skills and prioritising relationship building when interacting with colleagues, adults
or children and young people. The workshop will include an introduction to Video Interaction Guidance and a
brief overview of the Family Partnership Model (FPM) and how it is being rolled out to Northamptonshire’s
children’s workforce, linking with the Solihull Approach.

3.   Working with fathers in Nottingham – Men Utd Fathers’ Network & Breaking the Cycle Project
     Michael Taylor and Lionel

This workshop is led by two fathers from Nottingham who are actively involved in community programmes to
provide support for families, especially work with fathers. They will talk about their Men United Fathers’
Network and the Breaking the Cycle project which is funded by the Parenting fund and supports Black
Fathers in Nottingham. Delegates will have a chance to learn what they are discovering about the forms of
more effective support.

4.   Parents and Healthy Schools
     Georgie Young and Michelle Aveyard, Delapre Primary School
     Neelam Aggarwal-Singh, Northampton Excellence Cluster

Delapre Primary School has used the 'vehicle' of the Healthy Schools Standard to engage with parents and
bring them into stronger partnerships. Their Family Support Worker leads innovative approaches with healthy
eating, breakfast clubs, fruit & veg schemes and many other things. Parents run this scheme and are now
busy rolling it out to other schools. This seminar will be a practical introduction to some of the things being
done at Delapre and how parents are becoming actively involved within the wider school community.

Last week’s information mentioned the hope of providing a workshop about the new National Academy for
Parenting Practitioners. Unfortunately, as it is such early days, the organisations involved don’t feel that
there is sufficient information to share at this time. They recommend that those interested consult their
website at

1.    Parents as commissioners
     Glenys Jones, University or Birmingham
     Elaine Hack, Nottinghamshire LA

Glenys Jones and Elaine Hack have been working on a project with families of children with autistic
spectrum disorders in the East Midlands to investigate their actual and potential involvement within the
commissioning process. As the personalisation agenda extends through more public services and a culture
of direct payments and individual-level commissioning approaches, families will become increasingly
involved as key planners and decision makers, no longer just as service users. This workshop will explain
the research project with families and what it tells us about the nature of work with families within a
commissioning environment.

2.    Parents and extended services
     Irene Andrews, Extended Schools Remodelling Adviser
     Nic Williams, Lead Behaviour and Attendance Professional, both Nottingham

This workshop will provide an overview of extended schools in Nottingham City and the work being done to
engage parents. A short DVD will illustrate extended services in practice at Bluebell Hill Primary School that
includes the views of children, parents and other agencies. The workshop will also consider issues relating to
how schools can work effectively together with partner organisations to review current service levels and
needs identification.

3.   Parent Partnership Service
     Ollie Pardo and Celia Chapman, East Midlands Regional Parent Partnership

The Parent Partnership Service provides confidential, impartial help and support to parents and carers with
children aged 0 - 19 who need extra help with pre-school or school education. This might be because the
child or young person is disabled, has a learning difficulty, an emotional or behavioural difficulty or finds it
more difficult to learn than other children the same age. This workshop will outline some details of the service
and how it is provided and led across the East Midlands.

4.    Earlier intervention for families – Implementation of the Common Assessment Framework
     Richard Ward, CAF Officer, Northamptonshire
     Sue Cordwell, Corby Excellence Cluster

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is being developed as a unifying factor in the safeguarding
agenda to help improve outcomes for children and young people. It provides a vehicle to bring all partners
together, to work in a more coherent and integrated way and to shift the emphasis much more towards
earlier intervention and prevention. When the systems are working well, families are recognising major
benefits. This workshop will outline how partners in the Corby Excellence Cluster are developing CAF
procedures and processes and how it is providing a real catalyst for change to bring about improvement. The
workshop will allow opportunity to consider the issues that the effective development of CAF requires.
1.   Reducing anti-social behaviour using Intensive parenting support
     Adrian Dudley, Nottinghamshire LA

This workshop will set out proposals to develop closer working between colleagues in district based anti
social behaviour teams and staff in Children’s Services to provide intensive parenting support to parents with
children involved in anti social behaviour or on the cusp of doing so. The workshop will consider issues
relating to:
              ASB in Nottinghamshire: perception vs reality
              Outline Home Office Respect Agenda and the role of the Home Office Respect Task
                Force in supporting Parenting Support work
              How the project will be delivered and managed and issues of staff supervision
              Problems and solutions to setting up a project of this type
              Outcomes and evaluation

2.    Common Assessment Framework and safeguarding children – a course for parents
     Liz Williamson and Kate Hallam, Derby CYPS

This session will look at the history and background of the course, present portfolios that have been
completed by parents, have an opportunity to look at the content of the course and discuss the impact this
has had on parents that have attended. Delegates will learn how this course has been embedded in Derby
including accessing accreditation, developing a training pool with partner agencies and practical issues to
facilitation. There will also be an opportunity to hear case studies of parents that have attended and how the
course has impacted on their parenting/personal development.

3.   Supplementary/Complementary schools
     Richard Wale, Leicester LA and Leicester Complementary Schools Trust

 Many parents choose to send their children to supplementary or complementary schools to extend the
 learning and provision in mainstream schooling, especially to support cultural or spiritual development.
 Leicester has over 100 such schools and its Complementary Schools Trust is the first of its kind to foster
 greater links and provide support systems for schools and families. The National Resource Centre has now
 been commissioned nationally to extend the benefits of partnership working with the complementary sector.
 The workshop will consider issues relating to:
 The nature of complementary/supplementary schools
 The learning and contribution to child development
 Developing links with mainstream schools
 National support schemes that are developing

4.   Health-led parenting - Family Nurse Partnership, helping first time parents succeed
     Chris Tully, Derby City PCT

 This workshop will provide information from Derby City PCT (One of 10 pilot sites nationally), piloting an
 intensive home visit support service by family nurses to first time mothers from 14 weeks pregnancy until
 child is two years old. This scheme is closely linked to Children’s Centres and funded by DfES. The
 workshop will consider issues relating to:
 The background research of the Family Nurse Partnership in America and neurosciences research from
   early years
 The background reasons for the project
 The details of the Family Nurse Project and how Derby City is implementing it
 Attachment theory as it relates to the background of the project

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