Team Around the School Team Around the School is St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School’s integrated services team. This group of professionals come together once a term and are in contact throughout the term in order to deliver and advice on the needs of…
Team Around the School is St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School’s integrated services team. This group of professionals come together once a term and are in contact throughout the term in order to deliver and advice on the needs of our children. The services represented on the team are the Educational Psychology Service, Education Welfare Service and Home School Liaison Officer, Primary Pupil Referral Outreach Team, Speech and Language Service (SALT), Children’s Social Care, Health (school nurse), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Families First.
The Team Around the School is a mechanism for schools to meet with the family support localities service and other key partners on a regular basis to have a shared conversation recognising the value of universal and targeted support services, and to have a shared understanding of the profile and needs of the school and local community. To work together to pool resources and professional expertise to develop and provide support to families that is outcome driven, focused on solutions and helps the family to become more resilient and self reliant in order to prevent a child or young person requiring specialist support in the future.
The focus is on early intervention and supporting children and young people who have additional needs but who don’t require specialist services; ensuring families receive the correct package of support at the right time in order to prevent difficulties escalating to crisis point.
The aims are to:
How to access the Team:
Please complete an in-school referral form available at the school office. In consultation with you we will either make a single-agency referral or refer the case to the Team Around the School Meeting where all agencies can input advice and support. Team Around the School Meetings happen each school term but referrals can be made through at ANY time during the school year.
For more detailed information, please read our Team Around the School Policy.
Families First supports families with school-aged children up to 19 years old. We’re here for you, in your community, when you need us.
We know that being a parent is not always easy and that all families need extra help at some stage as children grow up.
This might be because your housing situation is difficult or you are hoping to get into work or training. A relationship may have broken down or someone close to you has gone to prison. Your teenagers behaviour might be challenging at home or at school. You may have growing debts or you may be at risk of losing your home. Families First can provide that extra advice and support when you need it.
You’ll work with the same trained family worker every time you see us, at your home or in our community locations, in the day or in the evening.
We’ll ask you what you and your family need and plan what we need to do together. We will bring together other services to work with us depending on what you need. For example, this might be housing, schools, prison, probation, young people’s services and Jobcentre Plus. We also offer parenting programmes, community events and advice surgeries through the year.
Families who have a child between the ages of five and 19, who live in Islington or are temporarily housed in another borough.
Families First is a partnership between Islington Council, Family Action, IMECE Women’s Centre and the Parent House
Please click here to find out more about Islington’s Families First.
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. We are part of Whittington Health.
Islington CAMHS aims to provide a service to help children, young people (aged 0-18) and families with behavioural, emotional and mental health difficulties.
We understand that most young people have some difficulties as they grow up. 1 in 10 children have a mental health difficulty. When these difficulties begin to interfere with everyday life, CAMHS can help to support your child and your family with understanding and helping with them.
CAMHS can help with a range of different types of difficulties. Including problems with: Behaviour, Emotions, Learning & Development, School and Family.
To make this service more accessible for you and your child we offer help in a variety of different settings in Islington. For example, we have a member of staff in every school in Islington. Our main base is at The Northern Health Centre on Holloway Road.
At St Mary’s school we have an allocated CAMHS staff member (Wilma) who works in our school every other Wednesday afternoon. At St Mary’s we have organised our CAMHS time for two key priorities: to work with staff to develop our knowledge, skills and understanding to support children and families and to offer two sessions each visit to families.
Many different people can refer your child to the CAMHS service. This could be your child’s school, GP or other health professionals your family may be working with.
You can also refer your child to our service by calling our Duty and Advice Line to find out how we can help you by calling 020 3316 1824 (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm).
If you would like to refer yourself to our school based CAMHS worker, then please speak to Mrs Mayende or ask at the school office for a CAMHS school referral form. Once this has been completed your name will be added to the school list for an ‘initial’ choice appointment.
Families who require an appointment will be offered an initial ‘choice’ appointment which will last about an hour to an hour and a half. This is where we think with you about the situation, what you would like from our service, and how we can help you. Sometimes, we might know of and suggest another service that could be more helpful to you.
After a first appointment we will write to you with a summary of our conversations and the plans we have agreed on. A copy of this is sent to the person who referred you and to your child’s GP. A closing letter will also be sent when you have stopped seeing us, saying how things have progressed.
If, in the initial “choice” appointment, we think further appointments would be useful, we will suggest what kind of therapy/work we might be able to offer.
In the continued appointments we will work with you and your child on joint decisions and help your child/family reach their goals.
Please click here below to find out more about the CAMHS service.
Centre 404 can offer a range of high quality services to assist children and adults with a learning disability and their family carers, these include: direct support, information, respite, activities, advocacy, help with personal budgets and form filling, and access to social groups and other local networks.
Please click here to find out more about Centre 404.
Islington have written down all the help there is in the Islington area for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities. On the Local Offer page and the Islington Family Directory you can find every kind of help – from health to travelling to school, from leisure activities to training and work and from social care services to independent living.
Islington Local Authority are still developing their Local Offer. If you have questions or comments relating to the Islington Local Offer please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org