Family Support Worker

 Claire Hamilton


Our family support worker can be contacted via the school office or via the telephone number or e mail address given below.

Hello, my name is Claire Hamilton the Family Support Worker for St Barnabas School.

My role is to provide advice and guidance to families within the school community.  I can help with any worries or concerns in relation to your child’s behaviour, education or wellbeing and I work closely with the teaching staff and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

Becoming a parent or carer does not come with a manual, all children are very different with a variety of needs.  Some days things can feel like they might be getting too much or you can question yourself about how to deal with your child crying over not getting what they want or refusing to eat their tea, the bedtime struggle and that morning rush to get to school on time!

We have all been there on those days and you are not alone.  Asking for help or advice is the first step.  It may feel like a big step but there is lots of support out there to help you.  If we can’t help you directly we can signpost you in the right direction.

As a family your child might need support with eating, toileting, behaviours or break downs within your family.  Each situation is individual and may require involving different outside agencies.  Advice and support is confidential although concerns regarding safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the school Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.   

We are all here to help you as a parent or carer because we want the best for everyone in our school community.

My phone is on, if you just need a friendly chat or want to talk about a worry or concern please call or leave a message with your child’s class teacher.

Looking forward to meeting you all

Claire Hamilton







Online Parent /Carer courses

Support and advice for changes in relationships or family circumstances.  These are online courses that can be accessed by following the link.

Me you and baby.pdf .pdf
Getting it right for children.pdf .pdf
Arguing better.pdf .pdf
Top tips for separated parents.pdf .pdf

Pants - NSPCC

Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

Support for Parents/ Carers to have simple conversations to support the PANT rule.  Paper copies are available, please ask the school office.

pants-parents-guide-online.pdf .pdf

Sleep support 

Some helpful documents to support setting a bedtime routine and information regarding sleep.

Sleep poster.docx .docx
Foods for sleeping.docx .docx
Example bedtime routine 1.docx .docx

Eating support

Some helpful documents to support healthy eating choices and ideas for supporting your child to try new foods.  If you would like any of these printing out please email Mrs Hamilton.

The Eatwell Guide.docx .docx
Parent Carer information about eating vegetables.docx .docx
Healthy Hydration information.docx .docx
Fussy Eaters.pdf .pdf
Eatwell_guide_colour.pdf .pdf
Breakfast Diary.docx .docx