Early Help Statement
Penwortham Girls’ 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 the school’s Family and Student Support Manager (Catherine Arrowsmith) in school or speak to one of the Pastoral Leads or Head of Year 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.
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.
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.
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