Forrest View

Early Help

 

At Forest View 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 be 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. The school’s safeguarding team is made up of the following school personnel:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Mr B Lyons
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) – Miss J Woskett, Mrs S Anderson, Mr K Law-Eadie
  • Safeguarding Team Members – Mrs L Bailey, Mrs G Lyons

 

The DSL and all DDSLs complete inter-agency safeguarding training on a two yearly programme. All other school staff complete safeguarding training on a three yearly basis and are updated regularly to any changes in legislation.

 

 Reporting Concerns

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 through the schools email reporting system. The email is received by all members of the safeguarding team. Staff are expected to report a concern as soon as possible through the reporting system. If a member of staff believes that a child is at risk of or has been subjected to significant harm then this must be reported immediately via email and then in person to either the school’s DSL or one of the DDSLs.

It is school policy that at least two members of the safeguarding team will be on site at any one time and that one of these must be the DSL or a DDSL. This enables all concerns to be reviewed by at least two members of the team at any one time and an appropriate course of action decided upon.

The primary aim of the school’s Early Help systems is to try to intervene early with families before it gets to the stage when a child may be at risk of harm.

 Involvement of Families

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 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.

 

School Indicators for Children or Families That May Require Early Help

 

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:

 

IndicatorIndicatorIndicatorIndicator

Low Parenting Skills

Substance/Alcohol Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Child Mental Health

Bereavement

Child Unaware of Danger and How to Keep Themselves Safe

Extremist views

Poor Diet - Obesity, Malnourished

Young Carer

Breakdown in community relationships

Adult Mental Health

Changes in Behaviour and Risk of Exclusion

Child Demonstrates Sexualised Behaviours

Low Income or Poverty

Breakdown in family relationships

Isolation

Disability of a Child

Poor Attendance and Punctuality

Frequent House or School Moves

Limited Community Integration

Transport

Special Educational Needs (refer to Local and School offer)

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 SupportCommunity SupportSpecialist SupportAcute Support

Family

Friends

School Staff

Governors

Parent Teacher Association

Breakfast Club

After School Clubs

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

Family Support Worker

Inclusion Manager

School Safeguarding Team

School E-Safety Team

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

Police

GP

Health Visitor

Midwife

School Nurse

Street Warden

District/County Council

Change4Life School Clubs

Candi

Forest Pulse

Food Bank

School Staff

LA SEN Team

LA Transport Team

Churches and Religious Leaders

Housing Association - 2Rivers

Landlords

Young Carers

Citizens Advice Bureau

Job Centre

Traveller Support Services

Army Support Services

Interpreter

Education Entitlement and Inclusion Team (EEI)

Children's Centre

ArtSpace

Communication with Previous Settings

Targeted Support Team (TST)

School Safeguarding Team

Social Care (Initial/Core Assessment)

Parenting Courses (Webster Stratton, Triple P, Families and Schools Together (FAST)

Paediatrician

Counselling

TOUCAN - Play Therapy

ArtSpace - Art Therapy

1:1 Therapy from Specialist Therapists

Children and Young People's Services (CYPS)

Education, Entitlement and Inclusion Team (EEI)

Physiotherapist

Green Square

Family Endowment Fund

Keep Safe Work

Occupational Therapist

Winstons Wish (SWITCH Programme)

Educational Psychologist

Cruse Bereavement Care

The Smaritans

Compassionate Friends

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS)

Freedom Programme

Splits

Independence Trust

Gloucestershire Drugs and Alcohol Support (GDAS)

NSPCC

Child Online Protections and Exploitation Centre (CEOP)

Channel Programme

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

School Safeguarding Team

Social Worker

Police - Police Protection Order (PPO)

Courts - Care Proceedings

Counselling

Channel Programme