Family residentials – engaging with parents throughout the programme

Key features

  • Involving and engaging parents
  • Supporting parents and their children
  • Impacts, benefits and issues

Family residentials are not the most straightforward to organise and whilst the Learning Away schools all champion the benefits of taking families away together, they are also honest about the processes involved in doing so.

Clear objectives and a strong commitment to achieving them are required from all participants – including the families themselves.

In this filmed interview, three family support workers from the South Manchester Inclusive Learning Enterprise (SMILE) Trust and South Hetton Learning Away partnerships talk about the ways in which the use residential experiences to work with families and young people. They discuss the ways that families are identified and then encouraged to participate in the residentials. They explore how they support parents and children both during these residentials and afterwards back at school. They also touch on the wider implications and benefits, as well as some of the issues encountered during residentials.

Watch the film to listen to this fascinating discussion.