Work with Parents & Carers

Reducing barriers to learning.

Working with parents to identify children’s emotional and mental health needs can provide valuable information; often the ‘missing pieces of the jigsaw’. Often parents are acutely aware of the difficulties they and their children are experiencing yet do not raise this with schools or refer them to programmes. The evidence indicates that, while parents are well-placed to recognise risks they need to feel confident that they can approach school staff and will be actively listened to by professionals before a situation reaches crisis point.

“Given that family members may be best placed to know that young people are at risk, more effort needs to be made to facilitate self-referrals and to listen to parents’ concerns when they first seek help and support.”

Intervening to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people, Research Report DFE-RR078