Student and Family Services
Kings Langley School leads the Partnership of Dacorum Schools and the aim is that by working together with our Partnership schools in Dacorum and other local and national agencies we aim to provide a broader range of support, services and activities that will benefit your child’s opportunity to develop, live and learn but also to support families and the wider community as well.
Kings Langley Secondary School takes pride in being the Lead School providing Student and Family Support Services for the whole of Dacorum. Acting as the Lead School, Kings Langley have signed a contract with Hertfordshire County Council to oversee and manage the execution of the following:
- Family Support Services – the provision of family support teams in different localities in Dacorum
- Student Support Services – the provision of pupil support workers in schools in Dacorum
- Developing Special Provision Locally (DSPL) – Leading the provision of SEND support services in Dacorum
Kings Langley Student and Family Services
The Kings Langley Student and Family Services team is an integral part of the School’s pastoral programme of support. As well as supporting the students it will also provide support to parents. Within the Student and Family Services Team we offer support from our Family Support Workers who can provide a wide range of support to all of our families. We have staff with a wide range of experience who can access support from other specialist agency teams including support from Health professionals as well as Children’s Services and other teams within the local authority.
Within school the team employs it’s own School Counsellors, Student Mentors and Personal Advisers from Youth Connexions. Finally the team has links to other local organisations that can provide a range of help support and advice to both students and their families.
Parent Support Services
Parenting is arguably one of the most difficult and important jobs in the world, but one for which we are often least prepared and supported. It can be a rewarding and happy experience. There are also times of difficulty and worry. There is no ‘right’ way to parent, each one of us has unique circumstances which affect our parenting.
Our Parent Support Programme is now an integral part of the work that our Schools Partnership provides offering access to a wide range of support for both parents and carers. The Kings Langley Student and Family Services team can provide a range of Family and Parent Support services who can support with any concerns a family may be facing. Issues may be varied, for example:
- Changing Schools (transition phase)
- General routines (bedtime, eating)
- Housing concerns
- Understanding the teenage years
- Loss or bereavement
- Financial concerns
- Issues with smoking, drugs or alcohol
- Family breakdowns
Support can be provided on a one to one basis, we run a range of parent courses and workshops and we have developed a range of resources that parents can access. Please go to the links below for some of our parent support resources.
Student Support Services
An increasing number of children are encountering difficulties in school that are not necessarily education related. Behaviour difficulties, self esteem and confidence challenges, emotional difficulties and stress related issues are presenting themselves at a younger age. For those of secondary age, the transition from child to young adult can also be challenging. Kings Langley is able to offer an in-house counselling service to all our students who may be encountering such difficulties and provides support and guidance through these times. The counselling service supports student’s emotional wellbeing and work will be delivered on a one-to-one basis to listen to any concerns and provide advice, guidance, information and support. If you have any concerns about your child please contact your child’s head of year or one of our Learning Mentors who can help discuss what support might be available.
As a school we also expect our students to exhibit their own resilience by seeking ways in which they can support themselves. To support our students resilience we have developed a range of self help guides that parents and their children can use to pick up strategies. Please use the links below to review these self help guides.
SEND Family Support Services
Within our Schools Partnership team we have a specialist Family Support Worker with specialism in SEND. Their role is to provide support to families who may be facing difficulties with getting the right support, a diagnosis for SEND, working on securing and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), support with behaviour at home, accessing additional services and accessing specialist activity programmes.
The SEND Family Support worker will work with families on an individual basis to understand their specific challenges and work with them on developing plans of support.
Additional SEND information and support can be provided by the Dacorum DSPL team. Visit www.dacorumdspl.org.uk
School Partnership Services
Our Schools Partnership support programme is now an integral part of every school in our area which allows us greater access to a wide range of support for children, young people, parents and the wider community. Our Schools Partnership works with the local community and other organisations to provide children and their families with a range of services and activities that will help improve children’s achievement, wellbeing and more opportunities to succeed in a wide variety of areas. Working with the Schools within this Partnership we are fortunate to be able to provide a wide range of activities within the local area. The Kings Langley Student and Family Services team are involved in delivering the School Partnership services and Kings Langley School actively manages this team.
For more information on our Partnership and the Services we offer visit www.gadeschoolsfamilysupport.co.uk
Developing Special Provision Locally (DSPL)
Delivering Special Provision Locally is a Hertfordshire-wide initiative, working to improve the range of provision and support services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, aged 0-25. It aims to secure a range of provision, support services and resources in each area that:
- meets the needs of children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 as close to home as possible
- improves outcomes for wellbeing and attainment
- widens choice for children and parents/carers
- removes barriers to learning
- uses resources effectively
Dacorum DSPL (DSPL Area 8) is one of 9 areas in Hertfordshire where parents, early years settings, primary and secondary schools, further education, local authority professionals and other agencies work together to review what is available and develop provision to fill in the gaps. For more information visit www.dacorumdspl.org.uk
Links to Local Services
Family Lives Confidential, impartial advice and support line for parents open 24x7 Tel. 0808 800 2222 Text 0800 7836783 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.familylives.org.uk
Relate Counselling For people experiencing relationship difficulties, open office hours. Tel. 0845 4561310
Children, Schools and Families Call Centre Concerns about a child at risk open 24x7 Tel. 0300 1234043
Frank Free and confidential helpline for advice on drugs open 24x7 tel. 0800 776600 Email: email@example.com www.talktofrank.com
Herts Mind Network Providing a range of mental health support and services to adults and young people. www.hertsmindnetwork.org
ADD-Vance Supporting parents and carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tel. 01727 833963
SNAP A leading Organisation that offers holiday play schemes to young people aged 3-19yrs with varying learning disabilities. Tel. 07979 612363
Dacorum First Credit Union A savings & lending co-operative. Tel. 01442 240250 www.dacorumfirst.co.uk
Benefits Enquiry Line All enquiries about entitlements. Tel. 0800 882200
Jobcentre Plus Want to make a claim? Want to find a job? www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk
Free School Meals Are you receiving income support. You may be entitled to Free School Meals. For more information or to apply visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
Citizens Advice Bureau Free Independent, impartial advice & information. www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Youth Connexions The Information, advice, guidance and support services for all 13 to 19 year olds in England. www.ychertfordshire.org
The Sunflower Centre Advice, information and support for victims of domestic abuse, race and hate crime. Services are free and confidential. www.hertssunflower.org
Home Start Trained volunteers offer support, friendship and practical help to families with 1 child under 5 years. Contact 0800 686368 www.home-start.org.uk
Money Advice Service Money Advice Service offer free, clear and unbiased advice to help you manage your money. Contact 0300 5005000 www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk
Community Mental Health Team Care advice and support for adults who have issues with mental health problems. Contact 0300 1233393 www.mind.org.uk
Shelter The housing and homelessness charity. Contact 0808 8004444 www.shelter.org.uk
Links to National Resources