Coleman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all children. The school has four Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mr Bruen, Mrs Cassiano, Mrs Khushalbhai and Mrs Pickard who deal with any concerns that may arise.
The school works hard to support families when issues first arise. The school does this in conjunction with the Leicester City's Early Help Offer.
What is Early Help?
Early Help’ means providing help for children, young people and families as soon as problems start to emerge or where it is likely that issues will impact negatively on children’s outcomes.
Early help is a term that describes much of the everyday work of schools.
Early Help in Leicester
The vision of all partner organisations working with children and families in Leicester is to improve children’s lives by working in partnership to raise aspirations, build achievement and protect the most vulnerable.
This is based on the belief that:
Early help services should support and strengthen families so that they can thrive.
The Role of Schools
Day to Day Support
Most families, most of the time, can get on with their lives quite happily with little or no outside help. If they need help it is usually provided by universal services, such as schools. This can include the day-to-day support provided to pupils and their families by staff within the school.
Focused Pastoral Support
All families can have times, however, when difficulties arise and they either may not recognise it or may not know how to start putting things right. Without the right support early on, situations can easily get worse very quickly. Schools play a role in supporting families to address these difficulties through more focused pastoral support, which might include bringing in support via an external agency.
Early Help Assessment
For those children and families whose needs and circumstances make them more vulnerable, or where schools need the support of other agencies to meet the needs of the family, a coordinated multi-agency approach is usually best. In Leicester this is achieved through undertaking an Early Help Assessment and assigning a Lead Practitioner to work closely with the family to ensure they receive the support they require. Schools should be a key partner in any multi-agency work to support families.
2. School Commitments to the Early Help Offer
The following four commitments have been agreed as non-negotiable elements to Coleman’s Early Help Offer.
By signing up to and implementing these commitments Coleman can ensure: