Early Help Policy 1.14
The primary aim of the Great Holm Pre-School's Early Help system is to know the benefit of Early Help as a way of supporting families and young children before their needs become acute and Social Care or other interventions may be necessary.
Great Holm Pre-School has robust safeguarding procedures in place which puts the safety of and protection of our children and families at the heart of any decisions. The Pre-school’s safeguarding team consists of the Designated Lead Victoria Farrell Deputy Manager and Deputy Designated Lead Fay Glover.
All staff at Great Holm Pre-School complete safeguarding training every three years and refresh their safeguarding knowledge annually.
What do we mean by Early Help?
Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family early in the life of a problem, as soon as it emerges. It can be required at any stage in a child’s life from pre-birth to adulthood and applies to any problem or need that the family cannot deal with or meet on their own. It also applies to all children and young people, with any form of need, disability or concern.
Early Help requires that agencies should work together as soon as a problem emerges or a need is identified to ensure the child gets the right response, and the right services, from the right people at the right time. Our aim is to identify need early and avoid a problem escalating or the need increasing.
Early Help is provided to prevent or reduce the need for specialist interventions unless they are absolutely the correct response to meet the need and resolve the problem.
Early Help can be provided in the most complex of circumstances as well as the simplest. Early help means responding promptly if a child is at immediate risk of harm (or has other significant or complex needs) as much as it means responding to a need which only requires advice or guidance.
Involvement of Families and Reporting concerns
If any member of staff suspects that a child may be at risk of harm, they will report the incident following the procedures of Safeguarding Children Policy 1.2.
If a member of staff believes that a child is at risk or has been subjected to significant harm, then this must be reported straight away to the DSL or the DDSL.
Our primary aim of Great Holm Pre-school’s Early Help Policy is to try and intervene early with families before it gets to the stage when a child may be at risk of harm.
The Pre-school will always involve the family in all Early Help strategies and most will only be put in place with their permission. The Pre-School will aim to work with families in a supportive, non-judgemental way so that trust is built up and the best possible outcomes achieved.
There are occasions, however, when the Pre-school’s safeguarding team or member of staff may believe that a child may be at immediate risk of significant harm and that by informing the parents/carers of the concern may put the child at further risk. In these cases, the Pre- School will implement section 47 procedures. This will involve an immediate referral to social care without the parents/carers knowledge.
Pre-School indicators for Children or Families that may require Early Help.
The following list provides examples of areas where, without intervention a family may break down or a child may be put a risk of neglect, emotional, physical or sexual harm. This also includes the risk of extremism. Great Holm Pre-School has no pre-prescribed criteria for supporting children and families. Each case is assessed according to needs and a bespoke programme put in place for that child and/or family:
Low Parenting Skills
Child Mental Health
Child Unaware of Danger and How to Keep Themselves Safe
Poor Diet - Obesity, Malnourished
Breakdown in community relationships
Adult Mental Health
Changes in Behaviour and Risk of Exclusion
Child Demonstrates Sexualised Behaviours
Low Income or Poverty
Breakdown in family relationships
Disability of a Child
Poor Attendance and Punctuality
Frequent House or School Moves
Limited Community Integration
Special Educational Needs (refer to Local and School offer)
Disability of an Adult
Child Unaware of How to Keep Themselves Safe Online
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Example Early Help Points of Contact
The Pre-school has divided its Early Help strategies into 4 areas:
1. Universal Support is for all and is what all children and families would normally receive,
2. Community Support is for a child or family who may need some extra support,
3. Specific Support is for children and families who need specialist support
4. Acute is where a child or their family need a high level of support to prevent harm.
Parent Teacher Association
After School Clubs
Community Clubs (i.e. sports, arts etc.)
Family Support Worker
Pre-School Safeguarding Team
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
Change4Life School Clubs
Churches and Religious Leaders
Housing Association -
Citizens Advice Bureau
Traveller Support Services
Army Support Services
Education Entitlement and Inclusion Team (EEI)
Communication with Previous Settings
Social Care (Initial/Core Assessment)
Parenting Courses (Webster Stratton, Triple P, Families and Schools Together (FAST)
1:1 Therapy from Specialist Therapists
Children and Young People's Services (CYPS)
Education, Entitlement and Inclusion Team (EEI)
Winston’s Wish (SWITCH Programme)
Child Online Protections and Exploitation Centre (CEOP)
Social Care - Child Protection (CP), Child in Need (CIN)
Pre-School Safeguarding Team
Police - Police Protection Order (PPO)
Courts - Care Proceedings