Communicating with parents

Parents have a strong influence on their child’s perception of school, and whether their opinions spoken or implicit, children take directions from them. Thus, it is imperative that social workers and teachers get parents on board so that children’s care is effective and consistent.

  • Build a social network for parental supports. Help parents develop contingency plans for who to call when there are emergencies. For example….
  • Give advice on homework. Homework is often a power-struggle between children and parents. Help parents develop an after-school routine. Children may need a snack and physical activity before getting down to work.
  • Acknowledge parental stress. Parents must take active steps to keep themselves healthy and fit to keep going. Breaks are important, especially for single parents. Encourage parents to take the time to reflect with their children on the progress they have made.
  • Communicate with parents as much as possible. Clear and open communication ensures that the school and family work together to ensure the child’s best interest. Use a communication booklet between home and school to foster this relationship. This could include a checklist of behaviour.
  • School outings should be discussed with parents. Discuss recent behaviour with parents to determine if the school outing is appropriate. Parents can help by volunteering on school trips to help supervise their child.