Mrs Brightman, Pastoral Support Worker
What actually is Pastoral Support?
Pastoral Support workers give help and support to children as well as providing information, advice and guidance. I always work in close partnership with teachers, parents/carers/ SENCo and other specialist agencies.
Who am I?
I’m an emotionally available adult for your children (and you), I’m a Trauma Informed Schools Practitioner, an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and a Mental Health First Aider.
What sort of things do I help children with?
All sorts of mild to moderate barriers to mental good health for example self-esteem, worries, anxiety, family changes, fear, anger, low mood, loss. I can signpost you to other people or organisations which offer help and support to parents and I can provide a listening ear. You can also look on the wellbeing section of our website.
When do the children see me?
I will spend time with specific children on a one to one basis to give them time to talk in a quiet confidential environment. I use many types of play and art techniques to help children talk about and manage their feelings to help them understand that what is shareable is bearable.
How can you contact me?
Come and see me! I’m in every day and on the gate. Contact me via email email@example.com or on the school telephone number.
You can also contact me through your child's teacher or teaching assistant.
“EVERY action is an intervention” – Dr Karen Treisman