Early Help & Parent Support


Hello, my name is Miss Helen Smith along with Miss Walwin-Holm our learning mentor, we are the members of staff that are responsible for parent liaison, here at Grimsargh St Michaels C of E Primary School.

Our role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community. We can help you with any worries you may have about your child’s education and wellbeing, and we are also here to talk to if you need support yourself. We can meet you in school at anytime to suit you, any advice we offer would be confidential, although concerns relating to the safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with our school’s safeguarding  policy.

We may not have all the answers but will be able to point you in the appropriate direction of people who can help.

Support for families includes: 

  • Providing information and signposting to other services in your local area. 
  • Liaising with external services e.g. Housing and Children Social Care.
  • Attendance and support at school.
  • Support during appointments and in meetings.
  • Help to complete paperwork and forms e.g. housing, school letters, grant applications and benefits.
  • Advice and support to promote good attendance.
  • Referrals to outside agencies e.g. children and family wellbeing service, Key unlocking futures, GHIST, Cancer help, Paediatric Learning Disability Team and Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Guidance with access to training and parent workshops in school.
  • Emotional support for parents
  • Lead on CAF and TAF’s. 
  • Give parents access to Disability events and training events.
  • Support for transitioning pupils.

I am available Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm.

Please contact use via email h.smith@grimsargh-st-michaels.lancs.sch.uk or m.walwin-holm@grimsargh-st-michaels.lancs.sch.uk

Alternatively on 01772 653 600

What is Early Help?

Early Help means providing help for children, young people and families as soon as problems start to emerge or where it is likely that issues will impact negatively on children’s outcomes.

Early Help

  • Is for children of all ages and not just the very young.

  • Can be very effective in supporting a child, young person and/or their family to step down from statutory services as well as preventing the escalation of issues.

  • Is important because there is clear evidence that it results in better outcomes for children.

Lancashire County Council recognises that Early Help is a term that describes much of the everyday work of schools.

For more information regarding Early Help, please contact Miss Helen Smith on h.smith@grimsargh-st-michaels.lancs.sch.uk or via the school office on 01772 653600


Our Early Help Policy

This is a place where children, young people and their families can access support from experts in Lancashire. They work with partner organisations like the NHS or schools to provide parents and carers with the help they need, without having to repeat yourself to lots of different people.

What’s on offer

Support is available for all stages of family life, from pregnancy through to 19 years old or 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Families can access a wide range of services at Family Hubs, such as:

  • midwife and health visitor appointments
  • groups for expectant mums and dads
  • counselling for families
  • baby feeding advice
  • SEND support groups and advice

Click here to find out more about the Family Hub: Family Hub Link

Click here to find out more about the Family Hub in Preston: Family Hub in Preston Link

Click on the following links for support:

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