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Family services – get help from children’s social services – If you feel you need extra support, or are worried about a child or young person’s welfare, please contact the referral and assessment team. Our trained and professional staff will deal with your enquiries and a member of staff will meet you to discuss your situation and tell you more about how we can help you.
Support with parenting – Children’s Services and its partners in health, the voluntary sector and schools are training more people to deliver parenting skills training. In H&F the model that we use is called the Positive Parenting Programme, also known as Triple P.
Child protection – The family services front door service is told about cases of possible abuse or neglect by teachers, doctors, health visitors and members of the public. They also hear from parents needing support, other family members concerned about a child’s welfare and sometimes children themselves. If you are worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person, please call us on 020 8753 6600, or out of hours 020 8748 8588
Children in care – Information and services for Hammersmith & Fulham 'Looked After Children' (LAC)
Children’s rights – The service is for anyone under 21 who gets help from social services. Our job is to tell children about their rights, make sure they are treated fairly and help them use the complaints service if they need to
Disabled children – A disability can make it difficult for a child to join in fully in the community and develop independence. We are there to offer support to families who need extra help to meet their children’s needs. The teams have social workers and support staff, occupational therapists and a transitions worker. We also work closely with other professionals from health and education to provide an integrated and efficient service.
To view the school support services H&F run for parents and children click on the links below:
Please contact your child’s school directly about any aspect of their education and well-being at school.
See schools in Hammersmith & Fulham for contact details.
Mental Health Awareness Training
(School Staff - Free)
Rethink offer free mental health awareness training in schools for teachers. This is delivered by young champions and mental health trusts. This training is bookable for In Service Training days, as twilight or 2 hour sessions.
Mental Health First Aid
(School Staff & CYP Professionals & Groups of Professionals - Free)
Mind provide mental health first aid training to schools. This is delivered as a two-day course with remit for 128 professionals per course. There is a particular target for schools.
(Secondary School - Free)
Mind deliver 6 psycho- educational workshops to 11-16yrs old's in secondary schools. Schools can choose 2 core modules and 4 elective modules including: relationships, mindfulness, sleep, stress & resilience. This course is conducted in groups at a time suitable for the school, including larger groups (assemblies’ & year groups) or smaller classes.
Training Organisation: Mind
‘Mighty Me’ & Therapeutic Groups in Primary School’s and Children’s Centres Direct work with children in primary schools and children’s centres across H&F and RBKC.
Partners in Practice
(Offer free bespoke training to a range of local authority staff)
Systemic Family Therapy.
One of PiP's primary focus is to equip staff (Social Workers and other local authority staff) with systemic thinking and skills to assist them in their work. The service also provides consultation and advice to foster carers and other agencies. PiP provides a 'Kids time programme' for Early Years.
Training Organisation: Partners In Practice (formally Focus on Practice)
Contact Details: Caroline Pipe (LBHF) / Nick Pendry (RBKC and WCC)
Websites: Local Authority websites
Central North West London (CNWL)
CNWL are the main provider for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in RBKC and Westminster.
CNWL offers innovative parental and professional training the trust offers training on request; community CAMHS deliver bespoke training in schools, some of which is free.
Training Organisation: Central North West London Mental Health Trust (CNWL)
Contact details: David Bailey
Telephone: Westminster CAMHS - 020 3204 5500
RBKC CAMHS - 020 8383 6123
In H & F, the CAMHS main provider is WLMHT. The trust offer training on request to partner agencies.
H & F Community CAMHS deliver bespoke training in schools some of which is free.
Whole school approach for professionals. (Free universal offer to all schools)
• EPs are working within every school across the 3 boroughs. They utilise a consultation model and work with a range of individuals including head teachers, teachers, support staff and children both individual and group based.
• Teacher supervision on emotional well-being.
ELSA - ELSA is a national programme for schools and NEW for Early Years in 2017-18. (Free targeted offer, funded by Clinical Commissioning Groups). Teaching Assistants receive training which is empowering and enables them to feel comfortable working with young people with emotional and social difficulties.
Nurture Groups for schools and nurseries. (Free, targeted offer funded by Clinical Commissioning Groups). Across the Tri-borough delivered by EPs-2 days. Followed by 3 day Nurture group training from National Nurture Group Trust. Targeted video interactive guidance (VIG) for parents and teachers. - Autistic Spectrum Disorder / ADHD groups in schools.
Mental Health Training for Foster Carers and Adopters - Bespoke mental health training and support for foster carers and adopters and others who work with looked after children.
Training Organisation: Looked After Children CAMHS & Looked After Children Nurses
Contact Details: For CAMHS please see West London Mental Health Trust details above. For Looked After Children Nurses please contact Lin Graham-Ray.
Health and Wellbeing - The Health Education Partnership deliver training in schools, early years’ settings and colleges. They have a whole school approach to improving the health and wellbeing of pupils, parents & staff. Training sessions include information and knowledge on emotional wellbeing and positive relationships. (Free CCG funded).
Training Organisation: Health Education Partnership
Contact Details: David Millard
Telephone: 0773 847 6236
Early Years- Advice and Guidance
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)- Key documents
- Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
- Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications
Department for Education
The family support service works with services such as education and health to help families in the borough who have children aged between 0-19 with challenges they may be experiencing. These can range from mental health, domestic abuse, poverty, chaotic family life and related issues such as school attendance and behavioural problems.
To find out more and how to contact us, see Family support service