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Supporting our Families

Dane Royd school has always worked closely with its family and the community. As well as providing support for staff and pupils, we are always mindful of signposting our families to the wide services available in the Wakefield district. 

As always, we would encourage parents to speak to a member of the DSL team who can also support and direct to the correct services. 

New Babies

Supporting Websites

Welcoming a new baby into the home can be an exciting time for everyone. It can also be a period of transition and at times, it can feel overwhelming. There is a wealth of support and guidance for families available. Please use the links and videos to explore the help available in our local area. 

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Useful Videos

ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying.


ICON stands for ….


I            Infant crying is normal

C           Comforting methods can help

O          It’s OK to walk away

N          Never, ever shake a baby


Speak to someone if you need support such as your family, friends, midwife, GP or health visitor.


More information and a wealth of resources are available on the ICON Cope website –


Domestic Abuse

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Domestic Abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • psychological

  • physical

  • sexual

  • financial

  • emotional

It can happen in any relationship, and even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers. There does not need to be violence for it to be an abusive relationship.

Domestic abuse can seriously harm children and young people. Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships.

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Useful websites

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service


A comprehensive local support service for men, women and young people who are using abusive behaviours.

Phone: 0800 915 1561


Food banks and support

External Support for Families in Wakefield


Live Well Wakefield offers support for people aged 18+ years who are facing non-clinical challenges such as; bereavement, aids & adaptations, education, assistive technology, mobility, social isolation, lifestyle advice, loneliness, long term conditions,  home support, personal safety, mental health, housing finances and employment advocacy services.

Free and confidential live chat (various times morning to evening) with a parenting coach to offer information, advice and guidance regarding family life, caring for children or managing parental wellbeing.

Emotional support and parental guidance to address complex family pressures and issues via telephone, text, web chat or email. Long term and short term support available 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday.

Classroom/small group based parenting support from Early Years to Teenagers.

A new West Yorkshire based overnight listening service for children, young people, and their parents/carers experiencing mental health; call, text or chat.

National mentoring service providing 6 weekly sessions of online/virtual emotional support for parents/carers of children with additional needs who are on the pathway to diagnosis or have received one in the last year. (Current 14 week wait for allocation of a mentor however initial contact is made within 2 days and screened)

Social Care Direct

If you or some one you know needs any help or support then your first point of contact is Social Care Direct. 

If you have an concerns about the welfare or safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult then please contact Social Care Direct. Any information you give will be treated with confidentiality. 

Social Care Direct are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. 
Telephone 0845 8 503 503.

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