Family Support

I’d like to introduce myself – for those who do not know me, I am Karen Gildea, my role is family support worker and I have been at The Roebuck School for 2 years. My working hours are 8:00am – 4pm Mon- Thurs and 8:00am – 3:30pm on Fri, although I am flexible.

I run breakfast club each day from 8am in the school canteen and Toddler group on  a Tuesday 1:30pm - 3pm - please contact me for further details.

Having an open door policy means I can see you in school or at home at a time of your choosing. There is a family support room in school were parents/carers can come in and have a coffee and a chat if you have any worries or concerns.

My contact details are: School number: 01772 729337

Mobile: 07834170179


I have a vast amount of experience/ knowledge/ skills that are beneficial to supporting families. My current role as Family Support Worker involves many aspects. Here are just some:

* To support parents/pupil with any educational, behavioural, well- being or other concerns that they may have

* To support parents with benefit, debt or housing issues

* To support families where a child has attendance and punctuality issues

* To refer families on to other people/agencies who can help them e.g. The Key Family Support, Barnados, etc

* Listen and appreciate parents’ concerns and offer suggestions and advice for individuals and families. I can also support with sign posting parents/families to others services which are available in Preston .

* Accompanying parents to appointments e.g. doctor, hospital, social work meetings.

* Difficulties in managing children's behaviour.

* I support children on a 1:1 basis academically and emotionally, listening and working with them in different ways.

* Anger management and control

* Family issues, bereavement, new baby, parental separation/divorce

* Behaviour Management (Parents and Children)

* Looked after children