Elm Tree's Family Support Network

The Family Support Team at Elm Tree is made up of main contact Dawn Hughes (Early Help Lead and Family Support Worker) and overseen by Harry Cartwright (Designated Safeguarding Lead).

However big or small, we believe that school plays a vital role in ensuring that the wellbeing of our families is monitored and upheld at all times. Elm Tree's Family Support Network is here to provide support whenever you feel you need it. Whether this is to assess need and look extensively at what services may support you and your family, or you simply just want someone to talk to, we are here to help. 

At Elm Tree, we pride ourselves on working proactively with our families to ensure that any low level concerns are tackled right away, to prevent matters from escalating. Over the course of your child's time at Elm Tree, you may receive a call from us. We urge parents and carers not to worry when receiving a call, as our ultimate goal is to work with you in order to achieve the best outcomes in a supportive and compassionate manner. 

Listed below are areas in which the Family Support Network may be helpful for you and your family:

  • Feeling Safe
  • Home and Money
  • Friends, Relationship and Support
  • Work, Education and Learning
  • Feelings, Behaviours, Boundaries and Choices
  • Attendance
  • Early Help Assessments
  • Graded Care Profile 2
  • Online SafetyLancashire Hub
  • Local Support Sessions (Behaviour Management, Trauma Informed Approaches, Parenting Support)
  • Support when trying to access to other services i.e. healthcare, counselling, CAMHS

We are now working closely with Lancashire's Family Hub Network to help bridge support for families across the county. This is a great opportunity to develop our in-house early help offer, providing further support for families outside of the local West Lancashire district. We are also pleased to be working with other schools and services within the community and develop early help services across Lancashire.

 Lancashire Family Hubs - Information Sheet

Click here to access Lancashire's Family Hub Network website. 

The main contact for the Family Support Network is Dawn Hughes, contactable via hughesd@elmtree.lancs.sch.uk. You may also choose to phone the school office on 01695 50924 and reception will transfer you through to the team.


A message from our Family Support Worker:

Mrs Dawn HughesMrs Dawn Hughes

Family Support Worker

"My role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community. I can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child’s education, behaviour and wellbeing. I am also here as someone to talk to if you need it!
I can meet you at home or in school at a time to suit yourself. Advice and support is confidential although concerns relating to safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the school’s safeguarding and child protection policy. I may not have all the answers, but hopefully I can help you to work out how to find them."