Early Help Offer
Being a parent is one of the most important jobs there is - it is also one of the hardest. Parents are the key to giving children a happy and stable childhood.
There is no such thing as the perfect family. Every family is unique with its own combination of strengths and weaknesses. Any family can get overwhelmed by what seems like endless challenge when it comes to juggling, money, school and each other's needs. Sometimes families are disrupted by an upheaval such as a mental or physical illness, a job loss, an addiction or bereavement. Even "joyful" events such as a wedding or a new job can bring unexpected problems.
Every family is different; each needs options from which to choose to find an early solution to challenges as they arise. This solution could be as simple, as talking with a member of staff in school; with a voluntary worker; a faith worker; a GP; a health visitor or using a self-help checklist.
The Early Help Offer (the Offer) is an approach not a service.
It respects every family's right to access information to help manage their own lives successfully, whilst guiding them to seek support from appropriate sources. Help can then be agreed as soon as concerns start to emerge.
The 'Offer' is for all children, as issues may arise at any point in a child or young person's life. It includes both universal and targeted /specialist services, to reduce or prevent concerns from growing or becoming entrenched
- Help is there when parents, children and young people need it, trying to address a problem before it grows
- Together we will find a way forward that is right for everyone – there is a choice of help and it will be easy to access
- ‘Children are at the heart of everything that we do’ and within that, the family and school play a crucial role.
- We will be assertive with families who may not want support but need it – and we will continue to support families until they no longer need our help.
Hempsted C of E Primary School’s Offer of Early Help is:
Using the Voice of the Child: Pupils use the Gloucestershire’s Healthy Living and Learning on-line survey. Results are monitored and interventions put in place where appropriate.
The school values Safeguarding training at all levels. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), deputy
DSL and SENDCo all have Level 3 training and attend local safeguarding forums. All staff receive
Safeguarding Training as part of their induction and training is updated regularly.
The school is signed up for Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Boards’ alerts keeping their knowledge and awareness of Safeguarding up to date and at the heart of their practice.
The school works with the local Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to support families.
Staff understand the correlation between Domestic Abuse and Child Protection – staff are vigilant, listening to the child and making referrals as required and signposting people to support from GDAS.
The school is fully engaged with the MARAC process (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference)
If necessary, the school uses the Child Sexual Exploitation Tool for early identification and makes referrals when required.
Staff are aware about the extent of Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriages and understand how to fulfil their legal responsibilities.
Staff are aware of their responsibilities around the Prevent Duty recognising signs of potential radicalisation and knowing how to make a referral if necessary.
The School uses Gloucestershire’s Healthy Living and Learning on line planning tool (the PINK Curriculum) to ensure that opportunities for keeping children safe through discussion on key issues is carefully planned into the curriculum.
Where necessary, the school may use such interventions as:
- Counting Sleep (Sleep and its importance)
- Make me a Superhero (building resilience in children)
- Focussed for Learning (A mindful approach to life)
- Nurture Groups
- Therapeutic Story Writing
A member of staff is trained to offer and deliver support through the CAF process (Common Assessment Framework) and to work closely with the family to identify and address needs. We are increasingly using the My Plan + to support this process.
The SENDCo may utilise the services of:
- Early Help Hub
- Family Information Service
- Early Help Pathways
- Families First Plus Team
- Winston’s Wish
- Teens in Crisis
- School Nurse
- Family Lives
- Educational Psychologist
The Childline number is displayed in the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 corridors.
Staff are vigilant for signs of:
- Faith Abuse
- Gangs and Youth Violence
- Gender based violence ie Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriages and Honour based crimes
- Mental Health
- Private Fostering
- Radicalisation (Prevent Duty)
- Teenage Relationship Abuse
School is compliant in its duty to The Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification)
All staff, regardless of the age group with which they work are asked annually to declare if they have been convicted of, or cautioned for, a criminal offence of a specified type or category, or where they meet other disqualification criteria set out in the regulations.
- being cautioned for or convicted of certain violent and sexual criminal offences against children and adults;
- grounds relating to the care of children (including where an order is made in respect of a child under the person’s care);
- having registration refused or cancelled in relation to childcare or children’s homes or being disqualified from private fostering;
- living in the same household where another person who is disqualified lives or works (disqualification ‘by association’) i.e barred by DBS or disqualified under the wider regulations.