Offer of Early Help

Last Updated November 2015

Definition: “Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years” Working Together to Safeguard Children, DfE, March 2015

Our Early Help Offer identifies the need to help our children and families as soon as problems start to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will develop in the future. The Gloucestershire Early Help and Targeted Support Service is made up of local teams of professionals who deliver practical advice and support to children, young people and their families.

Early help at Warden Hill Primary School is offered through the following areas in collaboration with other agencies:
     • Attendance in school
     • Emotional and behavioural needs
     • Parenting skills
     • Delay in development and learning
     • Identification and assessment of special educational needs
     • Speech and language delay;
     • Domestic abuse;
     • Faith abuse;
     • Gangs and Youth Violence
     • Gender based violence (violence against women and girls, including FGM)
     • Parental mental health;
     • Healthy eating and nutrition;
     • Child and adolescent mental health;
     • Family support including Gloucestershire Families First Plus Team;
     • Private Fostering
     • Radicalisation
     • Sexting
     • Teenage Relationship Abuse
     • Trafficking

The help we offer is delivered by a wide range of professionals including:
     • Education Psychologists;
     • Early Help Officers;
     • Early Help Social Workers;
     • Family Support Workers;
     • Play workers
     • Child mental health specialists
     • Specialist behavioural support teachers and workers
     • Gloucestershire Families First Plus Team;

How can I access this service?
If you have some concerns a good starting point is to come and discuss your concerns with the Headteacher, who can on your behalf, make a referral on a CAF (Common Referral Form) Gloucestershire Early Help and Targeted Support Team. If your child is pre –school age GPs, health visitors and children’s centre staff all know about the Early Help Service and can help to make a referral if that is what you think would help.

Our approach is to work closely with families and to hold a Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting so that everyone is clear about what we are trying to achieve and who is doing what. Before we can start to work with your family we need your consent. The work is confidential and you will be asked for permission for us to speak with other relevant professionals on your behalf.


Key staff

Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Flooks, Head teacher
Deputy Safeguarding Leads Mrs Mayo, Deputy head and head of KS1
Mrs Redman, Year 4 Teacher
Mrs Nicholson, SENCo
Mrs Harvey, Business manager

PREVENT TRAINING – Radicalisation.
The head teacher has received PREVENT training and has briefed the staff on how to identify the early stages of radicalisation and what to do.

Child Sexual Exploitation

All staff have been trained to identify early cases of child sexual exploitation. At school we use the CSE Screening tool if we have concerns.

Female Genital Mutilation

The head teacher has completed training and all staff been briefed on FGM. Teachers know how to identify if a child may be at risk. They are aware of the countries children may be taken to for this to happen. They know the signs to look for and most importantly how to refer, following the schools safeguarding procedures.

All of these aspects are covered in the school’s Safeguarding Policy, SEND Policy and more. They are available from the ESSENTIAL INFORMATION or the POLICIES pages on our school website or on request from the school office.