The Role of a Family Worker by Elsie Penez

Elsie Penez - Family Worker

My role is to support all families/carers at The Village School, but primarily with the younger children in Villages 1 & 2, regarding any issues or concerns they may have.

I recognise the many challenges our families/carers may face and wish to be there as someone to listen to and advice as necessary over problems covering areas such as getting additional support.

I keep my self-updated with current initiatives which might be of benefit to families and pupils by attending a variety of training and conferences.

For new early year pupils, I make sure transitions go smoothly. I phone parents to let them know that their child arrived in school happy and settled in the class as parents are often anxious when their children first come into school, I want to allay these worries and I am happy to call on a regular basis to report how their child is settling in.

I do home visit for new early years pupils, which helps us get a better picture of our young children, what are their likes/dislikes and the struggles families may have to meet their needs.

As a daily routine I visit classes to check if any support is needed with individual pupils and can be a go between for families and teachers and any other agencies involved.

I organise and facilitate workshops, drop in surgeries, training, coffee mornings and courses.

In the summer term we have our favourite cultural event ‘bring a dish’ whereby we share special food from our diverse backgrounds. Our Chair of Governors, Sandra Kabir has been working closely with me and families in her role as Counsellor to invite outside guests   to give information on such things as, housing and social care.

Additionally, I attend Annual Reviews, CIN meetings, meetings with parents for support, help fill in forms, sign posting to the right agencies. Arrange meetings for parents to agencies involved with their child. I often work with the Safeguarding Lead over areas where we have concerns around attendance or home issues. Together we are working towards getting a ‘Leading Parent Partnership Award’.

Lastly, please know that I am here for you whenever you might need me, please call my direct number, leave a message if I am not there, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Elsie Penez

Phone: 0208 206 3779