Family Support Work
FSW has been helping children and their families across Sussex since 1890.
We support children and families through difficult times in their lives including low income and poverty; mental or physical ill health; disability; learning difficulties; school non-attendance and exclusion; bereavement; family break-up and domestic abuse.
We help children and parents/carers to resolve problems, develop confidence and resilience and improve relationships.
We work closely with schools to support children to stay in mainstream education and do well.
FSW also provides food parcels, clothing, household goods and help with winter fuel bills where necessary.
Our aim is to support parents as they try to ensure that their children have the best start in life – “A strong family for every child in Sussex”
HOW WE WORK
Family Support Practitioners visit families at home to provide one-to-one emotional and practical support. This includes listening, parenting advice, help to manage money, encouragement and support to find work, referral to specialist services, attending appointments and advocating for families, and providing food and clothing where needed.
Play Workers undertake one-to-one structured play sessions, helping with children’s emotional and social development.