What is Early Help?
The NCSF Trust recognises that there are times when family life can be a struggle and extra support and help may be necessary. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem arises and this can be done in any stage of a child's life, right through to adolescence.
Our early help offer aims to improve outcomes for children and families by preventing problems becoming serious and harmful.
We work with Gloucestershire Early Help and Targeted Support teams, who offer a range of advice, guidance and support.
What does Early Help include?
Support for parents may include:-
- Providing information and signposting to other services in the area & community
- Liaising with a range of external agencies, including meetings with multi-agency members.
- Support with completion of paperwork and forms, including Foodbank, DLA, housing.
- Advice and support in promoting positive behaviour at home
- Attendance support
- School transition support, including working closely with Secondary Schools
Support for children and young people:-
- Supporting and promoting positive relationship building and behaviours
- Promoting self-esteem, resilience and confidence.
- Support with emotional literacy
- Support with attendance and punctuality
- Promoting positive learning attitudes
- Providing individualised support
How to access this support
We ask that you contact your child's school and speak to Headteacher/Head of School. Advice, guidance and support may be sought from -
Mrs. Lucy Jones - SENDCo
Mrs. Emma Clark - Pastoral Lead and Senior Mental Health Lead
Support from other agencies
The agencies below can be contacted directly for help and support.
Gloucestershire School Nurses are registered nurses or midwives who support children and young people with emotional and mental health issues, relationships and sexual health, bladder and bowel issues, lifestyle health and family worries.
We aim to improve health outcomes for families, prevent ill health and protect children from harm through a professional, visible, accessible and confidential service on 01242 581009.
They offer a wide range of information to support families, children and young people. The on-line directory gives information on disability, money and work, parenting, housing, education, health and wellbeing, childcare and things to do in the community. There is also support on tax credits and benefits. You can contact them on 0800 5420202 or 01452 427362.
The Cheltenham based charity aims to support individuals and families in many ways. They can be contacted on 01242 228 999. CCP exists to improve the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults who have multiple and complex needs.
- Promote and support healthy living
- Help maintain a safe and stable home environment
- Encourage and support learning and achievement
- Promote respect and positive social behaviour
- Encourage personal economic sustainability
- Provide both crisis and preventative services
If you, or someone you know, is affected by domestic abuse there are a number of things you can do.
- Call the police (999 in an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency situation).
- Contact GDASS on 0845 602 9035 (www.gdass.org.uk) for practical local support. GDASS can help you and your children stay safe in your own home. GDASS can help you access specialist legal advice and GDASS can help you with other agencies (e.g. Benefits and Housing). If you cannot stay at home, GDASS can help you find a Place of Safety. GDASS can also help you and your children move on.
- Contact a help line: National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247)
How do we keep children safe online but still allow them to enjoy all the positives of the internet?
The online world now encompasses, through mobile phones, tablets, laptops and gaming devices where social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed. This means children are exposed to new risks and harms. Help can be found
- NSPCC Keeping Children Safe Online