Early Help at Southfield
Southfields early help provision
What is the early help?
Early help is providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. Early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later.
Early help can include advice, identifying emerging problems, liaising with the designated safeguarding lead, sharing information with other professionals to support early identification and assessment and, in some cases, acting as the lead professional in undertaking an early help assessment.
What support is offered at Southfield?
Mental Health Lead: Sarah Lettis is the Level 2 Mental Health lead for the school and a trained Mental Health First Aider. Sarah has provided level 1 training to staff to spot the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide support and reassurance and guide the child or adult to seek the professional support they may require.
Mental Health Support team: The MHST is an early intervention service, working with mild to moderate mental health difficulties and challenging behaviours. This is part of a national programme to offer early interventions in settings. The Mental Health offer includes;
Group sessions/workshops with children
Group sessions/workshops with parents/carers
Guided 1-1 sessions with parents
Whole school approach to understanding and improving mental Health
Hertfordshire’s wellbeing service: The wellbeing service offers free and confidential talking therapy and practical support for Hertfordshire residents experiencing a wide range of mental health problems such as; worry, low mood, stress and insomnia.
We also provide support for carers, people who are struggling with the reality of living with long term physical health conditions or who are experiencing low mood and anxiety during or after pregnancy.
Families First: Families First is the term used in Hertfordshire for the services that work together to support families who need extra help. These are known as early help services. We all experience difficulties at some point. Families First can help you find early help and information to prevent issues from getting worse. If you need more help than your usual support network- for example health visitor, school, doctor or family centre- we can work with you and your family to create a package of support.
SENDIASS: (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service): is a free confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and disability. They provide unbiased information and advice about what the law says, the local authority’s policies and procedures and about the policy and practice in local schools and other settings.
Hertfordshire Local Offer: Every local authority must identify education, health and social care services in their local area provided for children, young people and families who have SEN or disabilities. These services are then put together in an information directory called the Local Offer. It is essentially the services and support that are offered to families who have children or young people with special educational needs and disabilities, from across the county. If you have a child or young person with SEND, then think of the Local offer as all of the services and support available to them, and to you as a parent or carer.
Attendance; Every child's attendance is important to us and as a result we monitor attendance very carefully. If you child's attendance drops below 90%, supportive formal attendance meetings are carried out to identify barriers and support. Should attendance not improve we will involve the educational Welfare Officer in order to improve attendance.
Protective Behaviours: Protective behaviours (PB's) is a safety awareness and resilience building programme which helps children and adults recognise any situation where they feel worries or unsafe, such as feeling stressed, bullied or threatened; and explores practical ways to feel safe.
PSHE and British Citizenship: Our schools delivers Personal, Social and Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) programmes as well as British Citizenship.
On-line Safety: Every child is taught to keep themselves safe online through the curriculum and it is further highlighted as we participate in the National e-safety week. Southfield signposts to other agencies hosting e-safety workshops/training sessions for parents and carers.
Child Sexual Exploitation: All staff at Southfield have been trained to identify early indicators of potential cases of sexual exploitation through annual safeguarding training and further online courses.
Female Genital Mutilation: All staff at Southfield have received training on FGM. Staff know how to recognise if a child may be at risk and how to refer following the schools safeguarding procedures.
Prevent Training: All staff have been trained through online training and is regularly refreshed. All staff can identify the early stages of radicalisation and what to do.
School Nursing: The School Nursing Team works closely with education, social care and other health professionals, to help children and young people to remain healthy and to ensure that any health needs are met. School nurses provide annual medical training to all staff.
We are here to help – you are not alone.
Please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Lettis on 01707 276504 or SarahLettis@southfield.herts.sch.uk