Leek High recognised for its work supporting vulnerable pupils

LEEK High is among seven Staffordshire schools in the county with a social worker in place to provide support for vulnerable pupils.

It is part of a national pilot scheme for which Staffordshire County Council has received almost £300,000 from Government for selected schools to benefit from the on-site expertise of a social worker four days a week.

Leek High was chosen after gaining national acclaim for its work with students who need extra support.

The school adopted a multi-agency project, called Room 21, whereby staff worked with young people facing a variety of issues, such as mental health problems, bullying, poor attendance, stress and low self-esteem.

Headmaster Phil Evans said: "We are delighted that Leek High has been allocated a social worker based in the school through this exciting initiative.

"This is already starting to make a real difference in getting the right support quickly in place for our students and families.

"The earlier that we can provide help, then the better the long-term outcomes will be."

The social worker initiative has been welcomed in Staffordshire where cases of children being placed into care have been soaring across the county.

County councillor Mark Sutton, cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: "The social workers will be well placed to intervene quickly in ways which may not otherwise be possible.

"As well as being part of the daily life of children, they will help school staff identify other avenues of support and understand multi-agency arrangements".

He added: "We are committed to keeping families together when it is safe to do so by focusing on prevention, early intervention and keeping more children out of care."

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