Family Support

Family Support at Lime Academy Forest Approach

The Lime Trust is proud to support the United Nations

Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

All the Trust schools are committed to the ethos of a Rights Respecting School.

We will uphold the four General Principles of the CRC which are:

  • Non-discrimination (Article 2)
  • Best interest of the child (Article 3)
  • Right to life survival and development (Article 6)
  • Right to be heard (Article 12)

We will use these to help us to interpret ALL the other CRC Articles which play a fundamental role in realising ALL the rights in the Convention for ALL children.

We expect all our staff to put the best interests of the child at the centre of all we do and actively promote the key rights respecting values of non-discrimination, participation, child safety and personal development.

We believe that every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously.

My name is Helen Standen and I am the Family Support worker at Lime Academy Forest Approach. My role is to support our students, parents, carers, and families.

As of September 2018 I will be starting ‘Student Drop in sessions’. This will be on Wednesday lunchtimes where students will have the opportunity to come and talk if they wish to. Through reflection, I have identified that some students just need to have a member of staff, other than their teacher, where they can just come and sit, talk and share any concerns they might have.

I am also here for the students to support them with self-esteem and confidence, as well as anger and behaviour management and where necessary offer additional support by introducing interventions and specialised therapies to assist with this. (Parent/ carer permission will be sought prior to arranging therapies and interventions).

As well as the students, I am also here to support parents/ carers and families, for example, hosting regular coffee mornings to give parents/ carers opportunities to share their experiences and ideas. I can also offer assistance with Transport, College applications and arrange contact with outside agencies including: Addup, Positive Parents, CAMHs and more.

From September 2018, Sally Gunner, a nurse from CAMHs, will be leading ‘Drop in’ sessions on the last Friday of every month between 1.00pm and 3.00pm. This will give you the opportunity to discuss behaviour and possible strategies to put in to place to assist with this. If you would like to arrange to meet with Sally please contact the school office.

It’s a privilege to be part of the team at Forest Approach Academy and I look forward to developing my role further supporting students and their families.

Please check our website for regular updates on up and coming event.