Early Help

Early Help Offer

The Early Help Offer (the Offer) is an approach not a service. It respects every family’s right to access information to help manage their own lives successfully, whilst guiding them to seek support from appropriate sources. Help can then be agreed as soon as concerns start to emerge. The ‘Offer’ is for all children, as issues may arise at any point in a child or young person’s life. It includes both universal and targeted /specialist services, to reduce or prevent concerns from growing or staying unresolved.

  • Help is there when parents, children and young people need it ‘nipping problems in the bud’
  • Together we will find a way forward that is right for everyone – there is a choice of help and it will be easy to access
  • Families are at the centre of everything we do – they will only have to tell us their story once
  • We operate an open door policy  and are always willing to listen to concerns that affect any aspect of family life
  • We will be pro-active with families who may not want support but may need it – and we will continue to support families until they no longer need our help.


Gloucestershire County Council provide a wide range of information, self help, support and services available for all aspects of family life ranging from free universal support options or services, which everyone can access, to targeted support for times when specialist advice is needed. For more information on help and support available, please see the Glosfamilies Directory website.


Sheepscombe Primary School’s Offer of Early Help is:

  •  Hearing what children have to say. The school encourages children to form positive relationships with staff. The school can provide a neutral place where the child feels it is safe to talk . Sensitivity to the disclosure is vital. Staff must listen carefully to what the child is saying, treat it seriously, and value what they say.
  •  Using the Voice of the Child: Pupils use the Gloucestershire’s Healthy Living and Learning online survey and uses pupil voice on a range of issues. Results are monitored and interventions put in place where appropriate. The school regularly takes pupil voice surveys on a range of issues , including playtimes.
  • The school offers an inclusive before and after school care programme with a daily breakfast club from 8am and a range of staff led after school clubs until 4.15pm from Monday to Friday. These are bookable via the school office.
  • The school offers a comprehensive PSCHE curriculum which includes material from Gloucestershire County Councils Pink Curriculum. This covers: sex education; gender identity and tolerance; drugs ; keeping safe , including e-safety; emotional well being; relationships; financial capability  and healthy living.
  •  The school values Safeguarding training at all levels. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and deputy DSL undergo training within 2 years. All other staff members have received single agency training within 3 years in line with Gloucestershire’s recommendation. New staff will carry out online safeguarding training as part of their induction.
  • The DSL or DDSL (or other members of staff if necessary) readily seek advice from the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) in the event of a disclosure or are concerned about a child’s wellbeing.
  • The Head Teacher and School Business Manager are signed up for Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Boards’ alerts keeping knowledge and awareness of Safeguarding up to date and at the heart of their practice.
  • The school has members of staff who are trained in Early Help assessment. All our Early Help is offered in partnership with parents and carers.
  •  The school works with social care to support families.
  • Staff understand the correlation between Domestic Abuse and Child Protection – Staff are vigilant, listening to the child and making referrals as required.
  • The School makes use of the Neglect toolkit where there are concerns
  • The school uses the Child Sexual Exploitation Tool for early identification and makes Referrals Useful link for parents and carers
  • Staff are trained to recognise  signs of FGM and  Forced marriage and understand how to respond immediately
  • The school has due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn in to terrorism. All staff have  had training in how to spot the signs of radicalisation and extremism and when to refer to the Channel panels. The school follows the GSCB Prevent referral pathway and advice regarding Hate Crime
  • Useful link for parents and carers:
  • The school raises the awareness to parents of Self-Harm and Eating Disorder websites understanding the correlation between self- harm and suicide and aiming for early identification of pupils at risk.
  • The school has an e-safety policy and follows a proactive e-safety programme. This includes an awareness of sexting .The school works with the local constabulary and  attends an annual production of ‘In the Net’ for Year 4 pupils. Useful links for parents and carers:
  • The school responds rapidly to concerns about mental health. At least one member of staff has mental health training. The school promotes the Gloucestershire  website: and the national website  to parents carers , young people and professionals. The school works with the school nurse. Referrals to CYPS ( Gloucestershire’s mental health services) are made via a GP.
  • The school is committed to tacking all forms of bullying and has behaviour and  anti bullying policies. Bullying and cyber bullying are part of the schools PSHCE curriculum. Useful links for parents/ carers:
  • The  school can signpost carers who are considering private fostering to appropriate support. Private fostering occurs when a child oryoung person under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for and provided with accommodation, for 28 days or more, bysomeone who is not their parent, guardian or a close relative.(Close relatives are defined as; step-parents, siblings, brothers or sisters of parents or grandparents).


Gloucestershire Young Carers is a dynamic charity constantly growing and developing to meet the ever-changing needs of young carers in the county.For links to national websites that deal with a range of issues such as : bedwetting, divorce and separation, bereavement, bullying, eating disorders, mental health, single parents, use of the internet, counselling, domestic violent and self harm see:



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