At Trimley St Mary Primary School we work collaboratively with parent, carers and families alongside other agencies to ensure that children are supported to be successful. We know that barriers do exist that may prevent children from achieving this aim and can offer support in different ways to ensure positive outcomes.
The term Early Help is used to cover a wide variety of circumstances, but at Trimley we consider any aspect that is impacting upon a child worth mentioning to school staff. This is our core offer:-
• We always make time to listen to children. Adults in school are trained to ensure they do listen and pass on any information which suggests help is required. Concerns children make can be made to any member of staff or trusted adult in school, who recognise their responsibility to children.
• We always listen to parents and carers and together identify issues that can impact upon a child. These circumstances are wide and varied and can be for example, issues around family housing, finance, physical or mental health, difficult relationships bereavement etc.
• We encourage parents to approach the school either office or the class teacher should a parent/carer be concerned about an aspect that is a concern for the family parent or child. Class teachers are not always available first thing in the morning but messages can be left and the class teacher or other appropriate member of staff will make contact during the day.
• All staff will make prompt arrangements to host meetings and make calls to parent carers as soon as is possible, if they are not immediately available.
We are a listening school.
The CAF process
As difficulties arise we can support children through a process called CAF( Common Assessment framework). This is available for all families to access should they choose to. Alongside school staff parents and carers are able to identify the difficulties, concerns or worries, list what changes they would like to see for the child, and access other professionals outside of the school to help with this. Meetings to provide early help of this nature are called Family Network Meetings (FNM). These take place at either school , home, or another mutually agreed venue. A plan of support is devised and actions identified by all parties. Parents/carers are encouraged to be involved with agreed outcomes which are noted by the leading professional. Over a course of at least 8 weeks, improvements are measured and impact noted until such time as the CAF can be closed as improvements have been made for the child.
This type of Early Help ensures that any situation for a child does not deteriorate, avoiding the increase of concern or worry about a child’s well being.Or risk of harm.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
• protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
• preventing harm to children’s health or development
• ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
• taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child
Senior Designated Leads:-
In school there are 4 specialist trained members of staff who can advise and seek support for children and families These adults are responsible for providing Early Help and recognising the level of support that a child or family might need, approaching other agencies as necessary.
• Mrs Barkworth is our Home School Liaison Officer and Attendance Lead, who is in school every day and can be contacted at the main office. Mrs Barkworth can help with aspects of finance and funding and medical need.
• Mrs Ashford Head teacher and Mrs Lloyd, Deputy Head teacher are also available through the same route and can help with all aspects of concern regarding welfare and safety including on line safety, bullying and peer on peer abuse and all aspects of contextual safeguarding
• Mrs Smith is Special Educational Needs co-ordinator, Mental Health Facilitator and the named teacher who supports children cared for by adults other than parents
The school will seek the permission of those with parental responsibility or care for children to gain and share information. This information will be stored safely and in line with GDPR.Within school information will be shared only on a need to know basis. For the purposes of Safeguarding, information will be shared with other agencies when the level of need is beyond that of Early Help and where Child in Need of Child Protection without the necessity to inform parents on a case to case basis.
In house school staff based Early Help
ElSA -Trained Speech and Language Assistants
Specific Medical Need Assistant
PEN Network- EYFS
Realising Futures – Adult centred Courses, meeting weekly on Tuesday mornings form 9:00am
Learning Together Sessions eg: Phonics, on line Safety.
Other Professionals and organisation who could be involved in providing support for children and families :
• NHS – Specialist Nursing Services eg Diabetes,
• Young carers
• Anglia – Care Trust
• Gemstones – Behaviour Support Service
• Level 2
• Communicate Speech and Language
• Ipswich Counselling Service
• CISS- County Inclusive Specialist Services.
• IYFAP- In year Fair Access Protocol Panel
• School Nursing Service
• Speech and Language
• Community Paedetrician
• Primary Mental health Worker- Well-being service.
Download our Keeping Children Safe in Education and Child Protection and Safeguarding policies below.