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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:





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



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 Support Worker


School Safeguarding Team


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




School Safeguarding Team

School E-Safety Team


Social Care (Initial/Core Assessment)


Social Worker


School Staff


Police Community Support Officers



Parenting Courses


School Safeguarding Team





Health Visitor

School Nurse




Police - Police Protection Order (PPO)


Parent Teacher Association


Food Bank




Courts - Care Proceedings


Breakfast Club


School Staff


Children and Young People's Services (CYPS)


Channel Programme

After School Clubs




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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