We are aware that parents want to do the best for their family but, sometimes, extra help and support may be required.
Early Help is provided by all who work with children, young people and their families or carers nationally. It is an important part of how we, at Lady Manners School, provide support to families who may need a little extra help.
The need for help is identified through the completion of an Early Help Assessment of a child or young person’s circumstances. The purpose of the assessment is to gather more information in order to identify the best support for the child or young person and their family. During the assessment, they will be asked for their opinion on their situation and needs, and what they feel would be best to help them.
The assessment will be completed by a Lady Manners School Family Support Worker – who is based at the school – during a visit to the family and child of young person. They will meet with other family members as appropriate and talk to people who are involved with the family such as a health visitor or staff of other schools. They will look at all the strengths and difficulties the family has and gather the views of the family.
As part of the Early Help Assessment, we will:
- talk to the child or young person and their family
- listen carefully to the views of the child or young person and their family
- look at strengths and needs in the family
- aim to help resolve the difficulties the family is having
- refer to other agencies for support
- keep the family involved in all decisions
- offer support and advice on other services
- keep information confidential unless we have to share information to protect a child
There are several potential outcomes of the Early Help Assessment:
- The family may not require any further support at that time
- They may need support and we will refer them to other agencies to receive this
- If further concerns have been raised, we may need to discuss these with Social Care
If you or your child are in, or know of, a situation where early help might be useful, please do contact the school on 01629 812671 or at firstname.lastname@example.org