Family Support Workers

Miss Lawler
Lead Family Support Worker

My name is Claire Lawler. I have lived, worked and attended school in Merton my whole life so I am very familiar with the area and the wonderful diverse culture that we have to offer.

I have fifteen years of experience working in Merton Primary School but most importantly, I am a parent myself; I understand the challenges that families face and how important it is to support the whole family, as it is to support and nurture our students.

With a real desire to help people, I aim to support you as problems arise by providing support, advice and information to families with our school community who may be experiencing short or long-term challenges. My experience as a trained Counsellor for both adults and young people means that I am able to offer a non-judgmental and compassionate ear by building trusting relationships with students and their families.

I may not have all the answers but working in partnership with you will mean that I can hopefully help you to find them.

Miss Lawler
Lead Family Support Worker

Miss Liburd
Family Support Worker

My name is Chander Liburd and I am the Family Support worker at Lonesome Primary School. I have over 25 years experience of working with children, young people and their families.

My aim is to empower and support you to meet your children's needs so that they can achieve in all areas of their development. With all my experience of supporting parents with managing challenging behaviour and the challenges of being a parent, I provide intervention support giving advice and different strategies for anyone hoping to make a positive impact to achieve positive outcomes.

I work in a trauma informed way which allows me to listen to your concerns and open up about sensitive subjects using a systemic and holistic approach offering support to the whole family. I endeavour to treat everyone equally and with respect, by being non-judgmental and building on your family's strengths for you to achieve positive outcomes. I do this by us agreeing an action plan with SMART goals which we will review and if required I will signpost to the appropriate services for us to work together to support your needs.

I meet with children for individual and group sessions in school and I can also do home visits to support and reinforce the positive change we are working to achieve.

I can offer support on:

  • Parenting techniques
  • Well-being
  • Behaviour at home and school
  • Building confidence
  • School transition
  • Setting age appropriate boundaries
  • School attendance
  • Fitting in at school

If you are feeling worried or concerned or just need a bit of advice, I am ready to help you find solutions that work for you. Please do contact me via the school office leaving your name and the best contact number for me to contact you on and I will ensure that I make contact.

Miss Liburd
Family Support Worker

Katie Lucas
Off The Record school counsellor

I am Katie, a counsellor from a charity called Off The Record, a local young people's youth counselling service, who have been supporting young people in South London for 25 years.

Our new school-based counselling service offers support to children, parents and school staff. I use art and play therapy in my work with children and young people to help them express their thoughts and feelings.

I have had a very warm welcome to the BeDifferent federation and I am really looking forward to meeting more members of the community.

To take care of my mental health and well-being, I like to go for mindful walks in the park, practice yoga and dance and journal my emotions. What self-care strategies do you use?

If you have any queries about our service or concerns about your child, please contact the school's Head or email our inbox

If you are in urgent need for support, you can call the Young Minds parent helpline for free on 0808 802 5544 from 9:30am – 4.00pm, Monday - Friday or contact your local GP. If you have a crisis, and can't feel you can't keep your child safe, call 999.