Inclusion Team


Please find our wellbeing guide below, as well as Rochdale Borough Council's own information leaflet.

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:                                                                                                                  

  • Parenting
  • New starters/settling in
  • Mental/physical health needs
  • SEN
  • Behaviour
  • Relationship & family difficulties
  • Domestic Violence
  • Attendance 
  • 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!