Children's Welfare Officer
Hello, my name is Sarah Holahan. I am the Children's Welfare Officer/Designated Safeguarding Lead/Mental Health Lead at St Mary's. I work along side Mrs Vicki Petrillo, we are the Inclusion Team. We both work very closely with Mrs Jo Brown who is the Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator at St Mary's.
I have worked in Inclusion for over 20 years and work closely with children, parents and professionals.
I am a EHA champion and work with families going through the EHA (Early Help Assessment) process. Also, I am the Designated Safeguarding Leads for the school. Alongside this, I work with parents and the school through the Child In Need and Child Protection Processes.
As children's emotional welfare can be affected by a variety of things, including the balance of home and school life, Mrs Vicki Petrillo and I, as an Inclusion Team, focus on issues such as, self-esteem, anxiety, anger, behaviour and bereavement counselling as well as supporting SEND needs.
Along side supporting children, we also offer a wide variety of support for parents/carers and families. This is to take away any barriers that you may encounter during your children's time at school.
We also endevour to support families with:
- New starters/settling in
- Mental/physical health needs
- Relationship & family difficulties
- Domestic Violence
- Bereavement & loss
Parent Groups we offer include:
- Family Links - Nurturing Programme to set boundaries
- STEPS - Self-esteem and reaching potential for adults
- Speakeasy - How to talk to your children about relationships
- Celebrating Families - Family support
If you need any help please speak to one of us either on the gate in a morning, call into school or ring 01706 648125 -
We are here to support!