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QEGS Early Help Offer

Meet the team


Brendan Drake
Child Protection Officer
Mobile 07790937313


James Amps
Deputy Headteacher & DSL
Tel 01335 343685

Telephone Number: 01335 343685

Key Information

Early Help is support given to a family when a problem intensifies and becomes difficult to manage. It can be provided at any stage in a child or young person’s life.

Many services and organisations can offer Early Help services. Early Help can be delivered to children and their families, with the main focus being improving outcomes for children.

– Advice and guidance communication for parents and school partners
– Family work & parental support where there is a need identified, and families wish to engage.
– Individual work with children on hopes, wishes and feelings
– Group work with students
– Regular home visits and lead contact for families
– Lead co-ordinator on Team Around the Family Meetings (TAF)
– Completing Early Help Assessments
– Signposting to appropriate agencies
– Work with our Social Care team and Starting Point to step up and step down cases

Contact your Progress Leader and discuss your concerns with them, asking if they feel it meets the threshold to refer into the Early Help Team.  They will complete a referral form with you outlining the issues that are present and the support that you require.  This will be submitted to the Early Help Triage Panel and discussed at the next available Panel meeting.

Your child’s Progress Leader will be invited to attend the next available Triage Meeting where they will present your case for extra support.  Involved in this meeting will be the Early Help Team, a Head Teacher Representative from the Primary Schools Cluster that we also offer these services to, a Representative from the Local Authority Early Help Transition Team and a Representative from CAHMS. An outcome of what support can be offered will be decided and shared with the Progress Leader during this meeting.

The Family Support Workers will meet you to discuss the referral and targets they would like to set with you and your family

Where appropriate, the Family Support Worker will bring all agencies currently involved and the family together for an initial Team Around the Family meeting. From the meeting we will develop a plan with short term targets to reach our agreed long-term goals. Regular meetings will then take place with agencies and family to continue to support

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