Parent Support Advisor
PSA Advice for Parents during Coronavirus Pandemic School Closure
Our PSA, Sally Hitchcock, retired from the role in the Autumn 2020. However, there will be occasions where she will still offer support for our parents.
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My name is Sally Hitchcock. I am the Parent Support Advisor working with seven primary schools in the local area. My working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, term-time only.
I am a trained Mental Health Champion and Domestic Abuse Champion.
Being a parent or carer can be great fun, frequently exhausting and at times a really tough job. Talking with a family member, good friend or your child’s teacher is often enough but if you feel ‘stuck’, or a problem is getting bigger, you can give me a call or ask your child’s school to contact me.
We can arrange to meet in your home, child’s school or my office at Thurton Primary – whichever feels best for you. We can explore what’s going on and work together to find a way forward. Sometimes we might decide we’ll ask for advice or support from someone else. I can refer to specific services or signpost you to the most appropriate place for further support.
Here are some of the ways I can help:-
- when children are starting or moving between schools or when parents may be considering a change of school setting for a child
- referring or signposting to specialist services
- when you are worried about your child’s behaviour, sleeping or eating
- promoting positive relationships between parents and school staff
- helping where attendance or exclusions may be a concern
- supporting at appointments and meetings
- when there has been a change in family circumstances, for instance a bereavement or parental separation
- helping parents access further support when a child has a special educational need and/or disability
Websites offering support to parents:-
https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/ (Child and Young People’s Health Services)
www.youngminds.org.uk (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
www.familylives.org.uk (Parenting Advice and Support)
www.leewaysupport.org (Support for anyone experiencing domestic abuse)
*National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
The above two organisations offer advice regarding adhd and autism, whether or not there is a formal diagnosis.
The South Norfolk Early Help Hub provides advice and support on a wide range of issues including housing, benefits and managing debt (01508 533933).