Early Offer of Help

Early Help Offer

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 ‘nipping problems in the bud’

  • 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

  • Families are at the centre of everything we do – they will only have to tell us their story once

  • We operatate an open door policy  and are always willling to listen to concerns that affect any aspect of family life

  • 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.

 

Gloucestershire County Council provide  a wide range of information, self help, support and services available for all aspects of family life ranging from free universal support options or services, which everyone can access, to targeted support for times when specialist advice is needed.

For more information on help and support available, please see the Glosfamilies Directory website.

Cranham Cof E Primary School’s Offer of Early Help is:

  •  Hearing what children have to say. The school encourages children to form positive relationships with staff we also provide an 'Ask It box' where children can ask for help whenever needed. The school can provide a neutral place where the child feels it is safe to talk . Sensitivity to the disclosure is vital. Staff must listen carefully to what the child is saying, treat it seriously, and value what they say.
  •  Using the Voice of the Child: Pupils use the Gloucestershire’s Healthy Living and Learning online survey and uses pupil voice on a range of issues. Results are monitored and interventions put in place where appropriate.
  • The school offers a comprehensive PSCHE curriculum which includes material from Gloucestershire County Councils Pink Curriculum. This covers: sex education; gender identity and tolerance; drugs ; keeping safe , including e-safety; emotional well being; relationships; financial capabilty  and healthy living.
  •  The school values Safeguarding training at all levels. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and deputy DSL undergo training within 2 years. All other staff members have received single agency training within 3 years in line with Gloucestershire’s recommendation. New staff will carry out online safeguarding training as part of their induction.
  • The  DSL or DDSL (or other members of staff if necessary) readily seek advice from the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) in the event of a disclosure or are concerned about a child’s wellbeing.
  • The Head Teacher is signed up for Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Boards’ alerts keeping knowledge and awareness of Safeguarding up to date and at the heart of their practice.
  • The school has  members of staff who are trained in Early Help assessment. All our Early Help is offered in partnership with parentsand carers.
  •  The school works with social care 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.

 

  • The school uses the Child Sexual Exploitation Tool for early identification and makes referrals as necessary.  Useful link for parents and carers:

                                                            http://paceuk.info/

  • Staff are trained to recognise  signs of FGM and  Forced marriage and understand how to respond immediately

 

  • The school has due regard to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn in to terrorism. All staff have  had training in how to spot the signs. of radicalisation and extremism and when to refer to the Channel panels. The school folows the GSCB Prevent referral pathway  Useful link for parents and carers:

www.educateagainsthate.com

 

  • The school raises the awareness to parents of Self-Harm and Eating Disorder websites understanding the correlation between self- harm and suicide and aiming for early identification of pupils at risk.
  • The school has an e-safety policy and follows a proactive e-safety progamme. This includes an awreness of sexing .The school works  working with the local constabulary and  attends an annual production of 'In the Net' for Year 4 pupils. Useful links for parents and carers:

                          https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

                         https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

                         http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting

 

  • The school responds rapildly to concerns about mental health. At least one member of staff has mental health training. The school promotes the Gloucetserhire  website: https://www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk/ and the national website https://www.minded.org.uk  to parents carers , young people and professionals. The school works with the school nurse. Referals to CYPS ( Gloucestershire's mental helath services) are made via a GP.

 

  • The school is commited to tacking all forms of bullying and has bahaviour and  anti bullying policies. Bullying and cyber bullying are part of the schools PSHCE curriclum.Useful links for parents/ carers:
  • http://www.bullying.co.uk/

 

  • The  school can signpost carers who are considering private fostering to appropriate support. Private fostering occurs when a child oryoung person under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for and provided with accommodation, for 28 days or more, by
    someone who is not their parent, guardian or a close relative.(Close relatives are defined as; step-parents, siblings, brothers or sisters of parents or grandparents). See: http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/privatefostering

 

 

For links to national websites that deal with a range of issues such as : bedwetting, divorce and separation, barevement, bullying, eating disorders, mental health, single parents, use of the internet,counselling, domestic violent and self harm see.

http://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/useful-links/

 

 

 

Parent Channel.tv

A free website for parents of 5-19 year olds, designed to support and encourage parents by addressing their day to day questions and concerns through a collection of short videos and signposting to other sources of help.  The videos include the views of experts as well as those of parents and children themselves.

http://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/parentchannel-tv