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The Early Help Assessment is a way of working with children and young people. It involves listening to you and your child to find out your child’s needs, and what is working well in your child’s life. An action plan, agreed with you and your child, is also put in place to make sure your child gets the right sort of help. The Early Help Assessment is voluntary – you and your child can choose to be involved.
The Early Help Assessment exists to help you support your child. It can lead to a quick solution or help to identify extra support if needed. The Early Help Assessment will ensure that everyone involved with your child – such as teachers and health visitors – works together to support your child. The Early Help Assessment will help your child receive the right support at an early stage before their needs increase which can be much more difficult to help you with. As The Early Help Assessment is a shared assessment, you and your child will not have to repeat the same story to different workers.
The Early Help Assessment can be used if you or someone who works with your child would like your child to receive extra support. It will help to identify your child’s additional needs, and other workers required to support your family.
With agreement a professional will ask you and your child some questions to find out what help and support your child might need. This information is recorded on a simple form. You and your child will agree what is put on the form, and you will be given a copy of it.
Older children may feel able to discuss their situation on their own with the worker. A young person’s wish to keep information confidential from parents may be respected by the worker, where this is in the young person’s best interests and welfare.
As a rule the information which you and your child provide will only be shared with your family’s consent. However there may be certain times when the people working with you need to share information.
• When they need to find out urgently if a child is at risk of harm;
• To help a child who is at risk of harm;
• When an adult is at risk of harm; or
• To help prevent or detect a serious crime.
Meet Pantosaurus - our pant-wearing Dino! He wants every child to stay safe and strong, just like him, and he's on a mission to share an important message.
The ‘Clever Never Goes’ programme has been developed to replace the out-dated ‘stranger danger’ approach. Research shows that teaching children simply to avoid strangers fails to keep them safe. Strangers are often more likely to help a child than to harm them. Conversely, it can often be people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
‘Clever Never Goes’ moves the focus away from strangers and instead teaches children to recognise when someone (whether they are known to the child or not) is trying to persuade them to go with them. The programme is designed to be fun and positive, whilst at the same time delivering a serious message and giving children practical safety skills and confidence to engage with the outside world.
In addition to the schools lesson you too can help your child to understand the Clever Never Goes message. You can download (free of charge) a Clever Never Goes home pack at the website www.clevernevergoes.org/parents. The home pack contains some great ideas for how to approach this topic with your children as well as games and activities. On the website, you can also see a series of cartoon sketches which are a good way of reinforcing the Clever Never Goes message and checking that your child has understood the key Clever Never Goes message. Please do make use of these resources.
In accordance with our Strategic Safeguarding policy (10.1) and consistent with the principles outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education, we shall provide the following information to social workers in cases where the family have a named social worker:-
1. Notify 1st and subsequent days of absence, reason given and any related context.
2. Notable changes in a child's behaviour.
3. Any concerning conversations held with parents/carers.
4a. Children that are on Child Protection Plans share Pre-existing Injury Forms - email copy of the PEI form.
4b. For cases NOT under a Child Protection Plan but still under the guidance of a named social worker, the sharing of pre-existing injury details.
Sharing information with a social worker is an important process, especially when it concerns the well-being of individuals or families. It's crucial to follow ethical and legal guidelines while sharing sensitive information.
The school will not require explicit consent to share information as listed above, but it will ensure transparency with parents by clearly outlining its procedure through its policy, the safeguarding section of the school's website, and ongoing conversations.