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St Peter and St Paul Primary School Offer of Early Help

At St Peter and St Paul Primary School, staff are trained in recognising the signs of Child Abuse and Extremism and are committed to and know the benefit of Early Help as a way of supporting families and young people before their needs become acute and Social Care or other specialist intervention may become necessary.

The school has a range of robust safeguarding procedures in place which puts the safety and protection of children at the heart of any decisions. 

If any member of school suspects that a child may be at risk of harm or who has been harmed, they will report the incident to the DSL or ASL.  Staff are expected to report a concern as soon as possible through the reporting system in place in school.  If a member of staff believes that a child is at risk of or has been subjected to significant harm, this must be reported immediately.

The primary aim of our school’s Early Help systems is to try and intervene early with families before it gets to the stage when a child may be at risk of harm.  The school will always involve the family in all Early Help strategies and most will only be put in place with their permission.  The school will aim to work with families in a supportive, non-judgemental way so that trust is built up and the best possible outcomes achieved.

 

There are occasions, however, when the school’s safeguarding team or member of school staff may believe that a child may be at immediate risk of significant harm and that by informing the parents/carers of the concern, it  may put the child at further risk. In these cases the school will implement section 47 procedures. This will involve an immediate referral to social care without the parents/carers knowledge.  These occasions are extremely rare.

The following list provides examples of areas where, without intervention, a family may break down or a child may be put a risk of neglect, emotional, physical or sexual harm. This also includes the risk of extremism. The school has no pre-prescribed criteria for supporting children and families. Each case is assessed according to needs and a bespoke programme put in place for that child and/or family if thought necessary:

 

Indicator

Indicator

Indicator

Low Parenting Skills

Poor Diet - Obesity, Malnourished

 

Low Income or Poverty

 

Substance/Alcohol Abuse

Young Carer

 

Breakdown in family relationships

 

Domestic Abuse

Breakdown in community relationships

 

Disability of a Child

 

Child Mental Health

Adult Mental Health

 

Poor Attendance and Punctuality

 

Bereavement

Changes in Behaviour and Risk of Exclusion

 

Frequent House or School Moves

Child Unaware of Danger and How to Keep Themselves Safe

Child Demonstrates Sexualised Behaviours

Limited Community Integration

 

Extremist views

Disability of an Adult

 

Child Unaware of How to Keep Themselves Safe Online

 

 

Cleanliness and Hygiene

 

 

Example Early Help Points of Contact

 

The school has divided its Early Help strategies into 4 areas: Universal Support is for all and is what all children and families would normally receive, Community Support is for a child or family who may need some extra support, Specific Support is for children and families who need specialist support and Acute is where a child or their family need a high level of support to prevent harm.

Universal Support

Community Support

Specific Support

Acute Support

Family

 

Family Support Worker

 

School Safeguarding Team

 

Social Care - Child Protection (CP), Child in Need (CIN)

 

Friends

 

School Safeguarding Team

School E-Safety Team

 

Social Care (Initial/Core Assessment)

 

Social Worker

 

School Staff

 

Police Community Support Officers

Police

 

Parenting Courses

 

School Safeguarding Team

 

Governors

 

GP

Health Visitor

School Nurse

 

Paediatrician

 

Police - Police Protection Order (PPO)

 

Parent Teacher Association

 

Food Bank

 

Counselling

 

Courts - Care Proceedings

 

Breakfast Club

 

School Staff

 

Children and Young People's Services (CYPS)

 

Channel Programme

After School Clubs

 

LA SEN Team

 

LA Inclusion Team

 

 

Community Clubs (i.e. sports, arts etc.)

Young Carers

 

Educational Psychologist

 

 

 

Churches and Religious Leaders

 

Winstons Wish or other bereavement counselling

 

 

 

Citizens Advice Bureau

 

The Benjamin Foundation

 

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