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Early Help

Our aim is to help pupils and families as early as possible when issues arise. Early help is an approach not necessarily an action. It includes prevention education as well as intervention where necessary or appropriate. In some cases immediate urgent action might be necessary if a child or young person is at risk of immediate harm.

Gloucestershire Family Information Service (FIS) advisors give impartial information on childcare, finances, parenting and education. FIS are a useful source of information for parents and professionals.- (0800) 542 0202 or (01452) 427362. www.glosfamilies.org

GSCB (Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board) website. http://www.gscb.org.uk

Our school’s Early Help offer includes:

Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness, through the curriculum and worship, as well as our relationships, whilst not condoning aggression or bullying e.g

  • Philosophy for Children
  • Christian Values Worship and home link
  • Anti-bully programs
  • Friendship events
  • Socially Speaking (or similar programs),
  • E safety programs
  • EHC Plans
  • Child Protection Plans
  • Gang culture awareness programs

Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school and signposting families to support outside school e.g.

  • School Nurse counselling, (01453 562120)
  • Mental Health support services (Beyond Fed UP help group),
  • Early Screening Tools
  • Healthy Schools (on-line questionnaire),
  • Winston’s Wish www.winstonswish.org.uk
  • Young Carer’s
  • Virtual School
  • Parentline Plus (01453 768160)

Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children

  • Community Social Worker
  • Parent Support Worker
  • Early Help Advisors
  • Multi agency meetings
  • Team around the child meetings
  • Community Police

Taking advice and supporting children appropriately if there is a significant concern, such as:

  • Being influenced by intolerance
  • Radicalization
  • Trafficking
  • Gender based violence
  • Faith abuse
  • FGM

Providing continuing support to a child about whom there have been concerns who leaves the school by ensuring that appropriate information is copied under confidential cover to the child’s new setting and ensuring the school medical records are forwarded as a matter of priority.