In this new era of school responsibility for ‘Early Help’, it’s essential that we can supply schools with specialist support. To ensure we do this effectively, the line management for our SHS practitioners has a focus on defined areas of expertise.
Jameela Gidden – Schools Coordinator, Parental Engagement
With a background in youth offending work, Jameela understands the impact that parental engagement can have on a child’s education and life chances. She believes families are the foundation of supporting children and young people, and is dedicated to developing resources to support parents and their range of needs. In addition to her role, Jameela volunteers as a community panel member to reduce the level of offending by children and young people aged 10-17.
Seonaid has been working with schools in the UK and abroad for a number of years, supporting staff and students to improve overall attainment as well as providing one-to-one literacy support. She volunteers with a refugee organisation supporting young people affected by trauma through therapeutic creative arts and education activities.
Samantha’s role is to support and manage staff who predominantly work with children with attendance related issues. She previously worked at SHS as ‘Troubled Families’ practitioner, and then as a senior practitioner. During this time, she delivered high intensity interventions to support families with complex needs, working with many children who were persistently absent or not in education at all. Prior to this, she spent ten years as a nurse, with the final two years specifically working with young people.
Kim Steward – Schools Coordinator, Economic Well Being
Kim has worked as an SHS practitioner in Newham, an area with many deprived families, for the past six years. Prior to that, she spent eleven years working for Real Life Parenting, a charity in Newham that supports parents of disabled children. There, she set up and ran support groups across the borough, fundraising for and organising family holidays, school holiday care, play schemes, and much more.
Daniel currently manages and oversees all aspects of safeguarding at School-Home Support, including policy direction, case recording, and supervision requirements. Daniel has over twelve years experience of working with children, young people, and families in a range of different settings, culture, and countries. He previously worked for SHS as a senior practitioner.