Safeguarding Early Help Offer

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Balshaw’s Early Help Offer

Balshaw’s High School is committed to providing families with the right help at the right time.  Early Help is the process and means by which the needs of children and their families are identified and addressed as soon as they emerge.  We recognise that problems can arise at any point and that every family has its ups and downs.  Sometimes it may be your child that needs support, other times it may be the parent/carer. Early Help is designed to target services intended to reduce or prevent specific problems from escalating or becoming entrenched. 

Early Help Assessment

This starts with an Early Help conversation.  You can chat to Pastoral Hub staff in school or speak to your child’s Head of House about what’s going well and what’s not going so well for you and/or your family.  This conversation might lead to an Early Help Assessment (EHA).  This is how we get a full picture about the whole family and identify where you might need extra support.  This information is recorded on an Early Help Assessment form which includes the family’s Early Help Plan.  With your permission, people from different organisations working with your family will share information and work together to help support you and your children.

Permission (Consent)

Your personal information belongs to you.  Agencies can’t share your information unless you agree, because your information is protected by law under the Data Protection Act.

‘Team around the family’ (TAF) meeting

The family and workers involved in supporting you and your family will come together to make a support plan and reviews via Team Around the Family (TAF) meetings will be arranged.  A team around the family (TAF) meeting is your meeting. We will talk about what is working well for you as a family, and what we need to help you with or what is worrying you. Meetings can be held in hospital, at your home, a Children and Family Wellbeing Service (previously children’s centres) and schools.

Lead Professional

A lead professional is someone who works with you and your child and acts as a first point of contact. You can choose your lead professional. They are there to support you, they can speak with you before the TAF meetings to plan what you want to discuss. You will agree with the lead professional how often you’ll have meetings.  They will make sure you have a copy of the information from the TAF meeting.

Would you like to talk to someone?

  • Balshaw’s C.E High School – Students can talk to any member of staff in school. Form Tutors are your main contact in school as they know you so well. You can also talk to your Head of House or any member of staff in the Pastoral Hub as follows:

  • Mrs Gore - Pastoral Manager - Behaviour Standards

  • Miss Kimberley - Pastoral Manager - Mental Health and Wellbeing Practice

  • Mr Ashton - Pastoral Support Officer - Behavioural Management

  • Mrs Foleher - Pastoral Support Officer - Welfare

  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN)  0300 247 0040

  • Children and Family Wellbeing Service 

  • Children’s Safeguarding in Lancashire

  • Early Help Assessment

  • Lancashire Mind