Early Help

Our commitment to Early Help is central to our work in safeguarding children and ensuring the best outcomes for all.

At Greatfield Park our Early Help Offer identifies the need to provide help for children and families as soon as problems start to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will emerge in the future. The aim of Early Help is to work with children and families, and the range of local agencies and organisations, in a coordinated way to provide the support they need, when they need it.

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.

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
  • Parenting Classes
  • Play workers
  • Gloucestershire Families First Plus Team
  • School Based Counsellor
  • Specialist behavioural support teachers and workers

How can I access this service?

If you have some concerns a good starting point is to come and discuss your concerns with a member of the senior leadership team, who can on your behalf, make a referral  to the 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 - Senior Leadership Team

Nikki Hill Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Gemma Kydd Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Gail Bateman SENDCo Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Prevent Duty

The designated safeguarding leads have been trained on Raising Awareness of Prevent and have briefed the staff on how to identify the early stages of radicalisation and what to do.

Child Sexual Explotation

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

Female Genital Mutilation

All staff have 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 on the School Policies page on our school website or on request from the school office.

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