Early Help

Offer of early help

As part of our curriculum provision, we ensure that children in school are taught to keep themselves safe, e.g. through anti-bullying work, PSHE, the SRE curriculum, visitors such as the police and e-safety lessons. We offer e-safety information as well as promoting e-safety via the school website.

We also recognise that all families may have times when they need support and work closely with families to achieve this.

We listen to the voice of the child, e.g. to identify where FGM is a risk. Children complete the Online Pupil Survey, as well as regular school questionnaires. The PSHCE curriculum gives children the opportunity to talk about a wide range of issues. At Pupil Progress Meetings, held with all teachers and teaching assistants, the social/emotional well-being of children is considered, as well as academic progress, enabling intervention or support to be facilitated as necessary.

We have a families support worker who works with families for half a day each week. We also have a mental health worker for 2 hours each week supporting children and families.

Where it is felt that an inter-agency approach is needed, we may work with families to write a CAF (Common Assessment Framework) and make referrals to the Early Help Team based in Cirencester, and are involved in MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) and MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) as necessary. Advice may be sought from the school nurses and the CYPS team.

Referrals are made to the Helpdesk where a child discloses any form of abuse, or where domestic abuse is taking place within a household.

Where there are concerns about radicalisation, the police are contacted on 101, who will talk to the child/family.

There is 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, e.g. contact with Winston’s Wish in the case of bereavement.

For children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, support is given to children and parents as required. E.g. The school may facilitate additional visits to secondary school or a child might receive support from a teaching assistant to practice the bus route to smooth the transition process. For more information about support for SEND children, please refer to the SEND Policy and School SEND Offer published on the school website.

Where children have a parent in prison, the school may access the ‘Castle Gate Service’. Visits to Skillszone to experience a police cell or court situation may be organised.

Where there are concerns about gang involvement, the police are contacted on 101, with a view to getting support from ‘The Avenger Task Force’.  Gang activity can also be reported via ATF@gloucestershire.police.uk

For more on help and support available to families, please click on the link below: