During a contested children contact court hearing, the mother of our children has stated that the school have referred the children (ages 5 and 7) to the "Freedom Project". After much googling I cannot find out anything about thi for children and why the school would do this. Can anyone help ?
Yes I found that but it appears to be aimed at adult women (and men). This is a school referral of a 5 and 7 yo.
There are also no allegations of domestic violence in her positioning statement for the court. Still confused ?
There are a couple of freedom projects / programmes doing the rounds
1) Relates to domestic violence - whilst this is aimed towards women 16+ they do offer counselling services and childrens centres for younger children in some areas. - However if no allegations of domestic abuse not sure what the relevance would be
2) There is a freedom programme which relates to home schooling - again would be surprised for school to recommend this unless long term bullying issues, difficulties with school refusal etc.
3) There is a freedom project (in my local school area anyway at least) which is about supporting children to recognise and view their own emotions. It is said to be supportive for children going through "emotional difficulties" - whether through stress of exams, family problems etc. It is done as part of the school nurture programe, and the children have 1-1 and group sessions with a specially trained teacher, and also have a mentor at the school. It is about giving them the freedom to express themselves - could it be something like this?
What was the contested hearing for? In what context was the project brought up?
Thanks very much for your post. I spent a very stressed weekend and yesterday phoning the school (only admin staff so nothing can be done to find out). Contacted my ex to ask for the info. She has refused for the moment to share it.
I already have a shared residence in place with weekend access Fri morn - Sat Morn / Fri morn - Sun afternoon, half holidays. I also take the children to school on the Monday of the short weekend. PIcking them up from her house.
I simply wanted to extend the access on the long weekend from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning. She has said it would be too disruptive to the children to give another night pre school and they should leave from the same house every time. Following personal, mediation and solicitor correspondance we failed to agree so went to court.
During the court intiial hearing, her barrister said the children had been referred to the welcome project by the school adn gave a piece of paper for the judge to read but not me. It pushed it through to a section 7 being required
I live in the Kent area and I suspect (hope) it is more about your point 3. The question I then have, is it standard for children going through divorce, as both children have excellent school reports to quote " a pleasure to teach" and "excel in effort". There are no behavioural problems reported at teacher parent nights either.
Maybe the referral is to pre-empt any problems that the children may develop in the future, prevention better than cure and all that. I don''t understand why your ex isn''t sharing the information with you though, if it''s something that is in the best interests of the children. Maybe she just wants you to worry about what it might be, and it really isn''t anything to worry about. If so, I guess she is succeeding.
Can you put more pressure on the school to find out what it''s all about? They must be in contact with the head over the holidays after all. Or what about trying the local Education Authority for clarification?