The focus of the Family Liaison Officer (FLO) is on supporting families and on parenting.
St John’s School FLO, Mrs Jeanie McDonnell, works on site one day per week, you can leave a message in the office if you wish Mrs McDonnell to contact you. The FLO can assist teachers in maintaining contact with families through a difficult phase and can help families to access support by working with local services as required. The FLO can help point parents in the right direction should they need counselling, additional parenting skills or community support. The FLO can offer support in situations such as parents separating, if parents are ill, if there has been a death in the family, if parents are not managing behavioural problems, if children need assessments, if families need food vouchers, or families with financial difficulties etc.
The FLO is integral in various programs run by the school, such as the Transition to School Program for new Kindergarten students and parents. She also runs parenting workshops such as 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching to help parents manage some of the more challenging behaviours that children can display. Ages and Stages gives parents an idea of which behaviours to expect at which age. Seasons for Growth for Parents program helps parents to support their children through a period of loss or change such as separation and divorce and help them to develop resilience skills.
The FLO maintains contacts with the school parents and wider community, working in particular with the Catholic Schools Office, Catholic Care and the NSW Family Referrals Service Organisation.
If you wish the Family Liaison Officer to make contact with you, please click here.
Please note that the FLO is not a counsellor for children. This service needs to be accessed through the School Principal.
Links to further services and information for Parents:
CatholicCare Centre Brookvale
CatholicCare provides a range of parenting and relationship education programs including one-to-one and group programs to assist couples and parents increase their knowledge and skills in a range of areas.
Mums in Distress
Mums can also access the same support network via the Parents Beyond Breakup website or by calling 1300 853 437.
Family Referral Services for North Sydney
For families needing support connecting to domestic violence; migrant settlement; financial assistance; counselling and mediation; child and parenting programs: youth support; housing and accommodation; mental health support and other services you may need. Call 1800 066 757 or refer to the information for Families poster on their website.
Community Connect in Dee Why
Support program for Carers of elderly or dementia for example. Also, help connecting to other local services for: Marriage breakdown; civil law matters; Womens Wellness classes etc. http://www.northsideconnect.com.au/free-community-services.html