Being the parent of a child with complex needs can be stressful and exhausting. Our Family Liaison Worker, Denise Howard, is employed to support parents and carers at Chailey Heritage School and Clinical Services. The post is generously funded by a bequest – the Jewell Trust.
Denise's support is particularly useful at times of transition between departments and as pupils start school. She supports families in the process of gaining a place at the school, liaises with professionals on their behalf and offers advice on such things as the assessment and annual review process. She can assist with understanding and completing important reports and forms, and works with parents in preparation for reviews or meetings, including following up issues as needed.
Denise provides ongoing emotional support for parents and families where needed, often being that 'someone' to talk to during difficult times.