Early Help- Support and Advice
As part of our Early Help offer, the school uses the Thrive Approach and currently have 2 members of staff who are practitioners. These offer support for children suffering from anxiety and other issues affecting their well-being. Please go to the Thrive section on our website to find out more details.
Early Help services aim to both provide advice and/or intervene where there is evidence of emerging needs with the objective of preventing escalation to higher level services.
How will we know when Early Help is needed?
Staff have daily contact with children and their families throughout term time. All staff recognise their role in identifying needs of vulnerable children and their families need for Early Help.
Staff are clear that acting on hearsay is not appropriate. All staff will advise ‘concerned others’ to report their safeguarding concerns to Starting Point (the county’s single point access for safeguarding referrals). However, all reports of concern are logged on the school reporting system called ‘myconcern’ The Designated Safeguarding Leads monitor the entries logged on ‘myconcern’.
Where appropriate staff will assess the needs of a family and this may identify that an Early Help assessment is required.
Where there are immediate Safeguarding concerns it will be taken to Starting Point following consultation with the Designated Safeguarding Leads in school.