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Harpenden Plus Partnership


We are here to offer a free and confidential services to parents/cares of families of children who attend our partnership schools.  We will support you and your families with any concerns you may be facing with your child at home or school, however large or small the problem.  We can offer anything from one conversation to a longer period of support.  We also run various courses and workshops on a variety of topics that give you ideas to try at home.

Your issues may be varied such as,

  • Changing schools

  • Relationships and communication

  • Family routines

  • Managing behaviour emotions

  • Managing anger

  • Dealing with anxiety

  • Internet safety

  • Smoking, drinking, alcohol, safe sex

  • Understanding teenagers

  • Finding time for yourself

  • Housing

  • Financial difficulties

  • Employment and work skill

  • Benefits advice

  • Bullying


Sometimes these concerns are too complex and need specialist support.  Our Family Support Workers can guide and support you to the right specialist services such as:

  • School Health Nurses

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health

  • Specialist Emotional and Behavioural Support

  • Bereavement Support

Parenting Workshops and Courses

Below is a selection of the course we offer.  For current courses please look at Events.

  • Boundary setting- 2 hour workshop

  • Understanding pre-teens- 2 hour workshop

  • Developing confident kids- 2 hour workshop

  • Positive Parenting- 2 hour workshop

  • Developing confident kids- 2 hour workshop

  • Managing Behaviour- 5 hour workshop

  • Parenting Boys- 5 hour workshop

  • Parenting Girls- 5 hour workshop

  • 6 week course combing elements of the above

  • Nurture Programme- (Parenting Puzzle)-10 week parenting programme

  • Family Toolkit- 4 week parenting programme

  • My Teen Brain- 4 week parenting programme

  • Protective Behaviours (Helen and Jess are accredited and Protective Behaviour Champions)

  • Families Feeling Safe- 9 week Protective Behaviours programme for adults

  • 4 My family and Me- 4 week introduction to the Protective Behaviours programme

  • Families Feeling Safe Network- monthly meetings

  • Parenting Network to meet every half term

Contact us                 01582623676                     


The Team

​Partnership Manager 

Helen Fitzakerly (Leigh)


Lisa Brown

School Information

We are a partnership of 24 schools with 7,500 children working together to improve outcomes for our children and young people. 

The Partnership offer:

Telephone Support

We can be contacted at any time during normal working hours (Monday-Friday 8.30-4.30pm).  We do not work weekends or bank holidays, but signpost to 24 hour helplines.


Crisis counselling for children aged 5-11.  Schools need to apply for a counselling space with a 'pen picture' of the child to the Partnership manager (by email) and will be placed on a waiting list; although places are offered on the basis of need rather than order on the waiting list.  We offer an initial 6 sessions of counselling/mentoring and will consider extending this if necessary or referring to another agency in consultation with the school.  Schools need to provide a suitable space for the counselling.

Family First Assessment (FFA) support for schools through the Early Help module (EHM)

The Family Support Workers act as the case co-ordinators and offer comprehensive support to the Keyworker ( a member of school staff).  The case co-coordinator role involves logging the FFA and meeting with the school and family to do the Families First Assessment; writing up the FFA and logging it; arranging the team around the family meetings (TAF); minuting the meetings; writing up the reviews and logging them on behalf of the schools; applying for personalised commissioning funding where appropriate; completing some of the actions and liaising with the family.  we have a broad knowledge of external agencies and local service which can be approached to support.

There is more information available through the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning r contact the Families First-Partnerships, Practice and Development team on 01438 737575 or email

Protective Behaviour Programme

Helen and Jess are Protective Behaviour Champions and also facilitators of the Families Feeling Safe and 4 My Family and Me Programmes.  We offer courses for parents/carers; 6 week teenager courses in school and 4 week courses for KS1 &2.

Staff Training

Currently we offer bespoke training that is responsive to the needs of our Partnership including Primary Heads conferences and joint inset days.  Admin of Year Group Clusters and Subject Leader Clusters.

Harpenden Consortia

Secretarial function for the Harpenden & District Primary and Secondary Headteachers' Consortium; for the Harpenden & District Primary Headteachers' Consortium and for the Harpenden & District Deputy Headteachers' Consortium.

Harpenden & District Sports Association

Organisation and facilitation of 9 inter-school primary sports tournaments and 4 primary schools' s[orts league each academic year as well as the secretarial function at the meetings.

Harpenden Schools Music Association

Organisation of the Rotary Carol Concert (KS2), Spring Music Festival (KS2, KS3, KS4) and KS1 Music Festival and the secretarial function at the meetings.

Partnership Development

Informing haring and gathering, joint project management, signposting- please contact the Partnership Manager for a discussion around bespoke projects that you may be interested in running.  These might involve other schools or outside partners or agencies.

Funding Applications

Part of a group of 6 partnerships who have formed a consortium to apply for funding to benefit families in our areas.


Harpenden Partnership Plus work in partnership with a number of local and countrywide partners and services such as:

Useful Information

Our Parenting facilitators are qualified and trained to OCN level 3 or 4 and can deliver a variety of courses and workshops on request.  They are also trained to HCC Safeguarding standards and hold enhanced DBS certificates.

All courses and workshops are hosted in schools or community venues which are safe and comfortable.  They are offered to small groups to encourage participation.

Anxious Behaviours Parent Workshop 02/12/19