Inclusion Team

Children's Welfare Officer.

Hello, my name is Vicky Heywood.  I am the Children's Welfare Officer/Designated Safeguarding Lead at St Mary's.  I work along side Miss Vicki Petrillo, we are the Inclusion Team.  We both work very closely with Mrs Jo Brown who is the Headteacher and Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator at St Mary's.

I 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 Lead 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, Miss 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.


Copy of our policies

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy Sept 2021

Safeguarding covid policy addendum updated March 2021




We also endeavour 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!

For more information on support and services that are available to families within the Rochdale Borough, please visit

For more information on how Early Help could work for your family, please visit