Family Breakdown Awareness Training for School Management Teams

A new education training initiative from LGFL Ltd

A family breakdown causes massive upheaval for everyone involved, especially the children. LGFL offer bespoke training for senior management teams and those responsible for pastoral care, to identify children who find themselves at the centre of a family breakdown.

This bespoke training will focus on the relevant law covering various types of domestic, emotional and coercive abuse that children may be witness to, and how that might affect their ability to function well at school.

It will also focus on the importance of promoting better mental health amongst pupils at school during an emotionally charged time in their lives, whether of primary or secondary school age.

Four key areas of family breakdowns

The training cover four key areas of learning:

  • An understanding of family breakdowns and their ramifications
  • The effect of breakdowns on children and their behaviour
  • How the law applies to children during a separation and/or divorce
  • The extent of a school’s role in supporting children during family breakdowns

Who is this training for?

This bespoke training is specifically designed for:

  • Senior management at the school, including both academic and admin staff
  • Senior leadership teams
  • Senior managers and department heads
  • Board members and governors, if required
  • Senior teaching staff
  • Support staff, especially those in welfare and protection roles

What to expect

Our training is delivered by LGFL Director Rita Gupta, a specialist in family law. Our training is free from complex legal jargon, and provides insights based on real-life scenarios from our own cases.

Key features

  • 3 hours of quality awareness training
  • An overview of the Children Act 1989
  • An explanation of the various types of Orders affecting children
  • The legal concepts underpinning parental responsibility
  • Best practice in communications with parents of separated families
  • How to spot the early signs of family upheaval in school-age children
  • Behavioural changes in children in relation to their education during a family breakdown
  • How complex child arrangements and living in two homes can impact on a child’s ability to function in school
  • Legal case studies based on potential real life scenarios.
  • A Q&A session, with the opportunity to discuss issues within your own school

Want to book us or got some questions?

Our family breakdown awareness training can be delivered at your school as part of an INSET day, or a special training session, at times to suit you. Call us to discuss your requirements, or fill in the enquiry form below.

Family breakdown and mental health

Family breakdowns can have a profound and long-lasting impact on children, particularly if they are exposed to multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

An ACE is a stressful event that happens during childhood, and includes domestic violence, abuse, neglect and parental abandonment during separation or divorce. Research has shown that adults who experienced 4 or more ACEs are more likely to be violent, drink to excess, take drugs be in prison, and develop conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

For more information on our family breakdown awareness training for schools, or to discuss your legal advice requirements, call us. 


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