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Cookley Early Help

Early Help for Children and Families at Cookley Sebright Primary School 


What is early help? 


Early help means providing support as soon as a problem appears, to stop it from getting worse. This could be at any point in a child's life, from birth to the teenage years.  Providing early help to our pupils and families at Cookley Sebright Primary School means we are more effective in promoting support as soon as we can. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to Year 6.   


At Cookley, our SLT/Safeguarding team meet regularly to discuss any concerns. 

This team includes: 

Mrs Crisp – Head teacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) 

Mr Terrado – Deputy Head teacher – SENDCo and Deputy Safeguarding Lead 

Miss Allardice – Early Years Leader – Deputy Safeguarding Lead  (Curriculum & EYs)

Mrs Rees – Vulnerable Pupils and Thrive Leader 

We are sometimes joined by: 

Mrs Jackie Anderson, our school counsellor and Miss Anastasia Hill Education Mental Health Practitioner - CAMHS (Mental Health support Teams in Schools MHSTiS)


At these meetings we discuss: 

How the child presents               


Attitudes to learning                    


Family issues                               

Additional needs 

Any support they receive 

General progress 

Other agencies involved 


This allows us to identify any pupils and families that would benefit from early help and allows us to help them access the services in the school and beyond the school.  


At Cookley Sebright Primary School we meet the needs of our children through a variety of ways: 

  • Assembly theme – Keeping Safe - Pupils are exposed to a variety of thought-provoking assemblies designed to help them to keep themselves safe. 

  • Pupils are actively encouraged to speak about any concerns they have to a member of staff or to our pastoral team. In lessons children are taught to speak openly about their emotions. Pupils know the staff take all their concerns very seriously.  

  • NSPCC Pants campaign for all year groups 

  • Mindfulness activities from Thrive practitioners

  • Online awareness presentation offered to parents plus an Online awareness section for pupils to visit on our school website. 

  • Our local PCSO conducts class workshops for E-Safety and other relevant topics 

  • Staff CPD around pupil self-esteem and awarding house points and other rewards 

  • School nurse attendance at meetings if required.  Attendance at induction meeting for parents.  

  • The Deputy DSL meets the community police officer on a half termly basis to discuss any community concerns or issues 

  • Every Summer, the pupils work in house teams across year groups on a variety of activities designed to provide motivating activities.  The enrichment programme is designed to give our pupils opportunities to take part in sessions such as mindfulness, yoga and crafts. 

  • Safety Week and curriculum links 



Mrs Hilary maxwell is our Educational Welfare Officer.  She meets Mrs Crisp every half term to monitor school attendance. Any pupils whose attendance is falling below (or nearing) 90% is offered help and solutions to any problems.   Our school attendance target is 96%.  The school operates a first day response system for absences. 



  • All teachers and staff know precisely how to identify and report concerns, via staff training on induction and our regular updates on safeguarding. 

  • Child protection files are kept by the DSL.   

  • Office staff contact parents/carers of children not in school if no reason has been received. 

  • All new staff complete safeguarding inductions 

  • We have a designated teacher for children in care (Mrs Crisp) 



The school encourages and rewards pupils for hard work and good behaviour 

Pupils are rewarded by end of term treats and other entitlements for meeting certain targets. Our school behaviour policy is followed for pupils displaying unwanted behaviours.  Parents are informed if the behaviour is serious or persistent. 



Mr Terrado works with children and families with additional needs and can signpost parents to many different agencies.  



The DSL (Mrs Crisp) ensures rigorous and robust systems are in place within the school to ensure the safety of all of our children.  In Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 it makes it clear that ALL staff should be aware of their local early help process and understand their role in it. In addition this statutory document makes it clear that any child may benefit from early help, but all school and college staff should be particularly alert to the potential need for early help for a child who: 

  • Is disabled and has specific additional needs; 

  • Has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory education, health care plan); 

  • Is a young carer; 

  • Is showing signs of being drawn in to anti-social or criminal behaviour, including 

  • gang involvement and association with organised crime groups; 

  • Is frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home; 

  • Is misusing drugs or alcohol themselves; 

  • Is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation; 

  • Is in a family circumstance present challenges for the child; such as substance 

  •  abuse, adult mental health problems or domestic abuse; 

  • Has returned home to their family from care; 

  • Is showing early signs of abuse and/or neglect; 

  • Is at risk of being radicalised or exploited; 

  • Is a privately fostered child. 


Everyone needs help at some time in their lives and therefore an ethos of early help is important for any school or PRU.  We believe that early interventions for children or families, in many cases, will prevent children from experiencing harm.  


We will refer to appropriate agencies when help is required to support children, young people or families or to prevent harm.  All staff must be aware of the offer of early help. At all times all staff should consider if there is any offer of early help that we can make in order to help a child thrive.  

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and deputy DSL’s of Cookley Sebright Primary School



If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding a child at our school or in the community, then please contact a member of Cookley Sebright Primary School’s safeguarding team on 01527 850397.

If you think a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm then you should contact the Family Front Door (FFD) – 01905 822 666 or in an emergency always call 999.


Early Intervention Family Support EIFS (formerly WHP)


Early Intervention Family Support provide support to families, helping to ensure that our pupils can make the most of their time in school.  Things that we have supported our families with in the past; 

  • attendance
  • behaviour
  • access to foodbank
  • signposting to health and other support services including financial worries
  • anxiety

Starting Well Partnership including the school nurse team



The Starting Well Partnership, brings together a range of professional services that support parents (and parents to be) to ensure that young people's health needs are met as they move through school.

As a service, the school nurse team, organise a variety of support for Children and Young People with additional multiple needs. They provide support and guidance to schools regarding public health issues, brief interventions and health promotion such as emotional health and well-being needs. The service influences and champions health promoting activities and programmes both in and out of school and they work closely with other professionals and local communities.

contacted on 01562 514555.

Parent Support Workers can provide information and support to help parents and carers get the most out of family life.  Kidderminster Family Hub 01562827207


We liaise with other agencies and people within the local community and in the table below are some national organisations that can support children, young people and their families


The Front Door to Children’s Services


(Previously: Children’s Helpdesk).





If a member of staff, parent/carer or member of the public thinks a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm they should contact the Family Front Door (FFD) – 01905 822 666 or in an emergency always call 999.


Do not wait to discuss this with the DSL/DDSL but do report it afterwards.

WSCB (Worcestershire

Safeguarding Children’s Board) website.


Important information for parents and professionals across Worcestershire in relation to keeping children safe and avenues of support including early help options. Everyone should know how to access this website which has all of the agreed Worcestershire safeguarding and child protection processes on it.


Universal source of help for all families in Worcestershire:

Worcestershire Family

Information Service (FIS)







Worcestershire Family Information Service (FIS) advisors give impartial information on childcare, finances, parenting and education. FIS are a useful source of information for parents and professionals. They support families, children and young people aged 0-19 years of age (25 for young people with additional needs) and professionals working with these families. They can help link parents up with other organisations that might be able to help or provide the information themselves.


Reach 4 Wellbeing (part of CAMHS)

The Reach4Wellbeing Team is part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), they promote and support emotional wellbeing for children and young people aged 5-18 years old. R4W are a team of 7 staff, with one case worker for each of the following areas: Wyre Forest, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon. They offer short-term group support programmes for those experiencing mild to moderate emotional difficulties, specifically anxiety and low mood. These programmes are based on skills which research has discovered helps children and young people with these difficulties. Government recommendations promote group work as the first way to help children and young people with these issues as early as possible.  Reach for Wellbeing Leaflet
R4W Aims  
  • Promote Positive Wellbeing
  • Reach Children and Young People in their Communities
  • Reduce the Stigma of Mental Health


E-safety (Online Safety)




Online Activity (phones, computers) can be a serious risk to children: The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation – technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. With the right support, education and safety measures in place the internet and new technologies can also bring great benefits but we must all be vigilant


PACE (parents against child exploitation) UK is

a useful website to engage parents with safety issues. -

This is the Child Exploitation and Online

Protection (CEOP) Centre. It’s a one stop shop for most information about online safety.

(excellent resources) - This is the government website to help parents and professionals understand the risks of children and young people being radicalised by extremists online and how to keep children safe from this.


A great site for helping parents keep their children safe online


Mental Health















We have some useful self-help guides/leaflets available for you to access online. The guides are available for you to read online. The self-help guides can be accessed by typing the below link into your URL and selecting ‘Self Help Guides’:


Staying Safe

0845 767 800

116 123
(24 hour helpline)

Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927

Mental Health Foundation

0300 123 3393 or
text 86463

Anxiety UK
08444 775 774

Bullying (including cyberbullying)/ Child death/suicide/prevention













Cyberbullying is using the internet, email, online games or any digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.

If the police consider a message or post to be potentially criminal, they will take appropriate action. This could involve arresting the person responsible or interviewing them under caution. Cases involving sustained abuse or where someone’s life is threatened will be treated seriously. The police will consider all of the circumstances when considering the best response to a report of cyber bullying. They will assess how vulnerable the victim is and what resources are required to trace the offender via social networking sites that often operate abroad and to different legislation. In certain cases it may be difficult to take action if the offender isn’t in the UK. They will work with the victim to bring about the most suitable and proportionate conclusion, this will include alternative options that include the officer in the case using their discretion and working with the offender to record an apology to the victim.


Useful links

Bullying UK


KidScape: Our resources provide information on issues surrounding bullying, online and personal safety. They can be used directly by young people and parents, as well as in the classroom within schools and youth organisations.


Hate Crime










A hate crime is a criminal offense whose motivation can be shown to be race, national origin, religion or sexual orientation. A difference of race alone is NOT sufficient to make it a hate crime. There would have to be evidence of racial slurs or racial statements in addition to the crime (this does not trivialise other serious offenses that are NOT hate crimes).

Hate Crime:

West Mercia Police:


Emergency number: 999

Non-Emergency number: 101

report online to True Vision (opens in a new window)

Call in at your local police station


Gender identity

The Gender Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues. People who might be Transgender, Transsexual or people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or those who are simply unsure. Address: 76 The Ridgeway, Astwood Bank, B96 6LX tel: 0845 231 0505


Here is a very useful blog from a member of staff who works in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


Home-school support


Worcestershire Home Education Network


Home education is becoming an increasingly popular option for families in Worcestershire and we have a growing community that are able to offer each other support. Between us we have years of experience in educating children of all ages and are able to organise and put on a range of activities.

We hold meetings usually at least weekly, throughout term time at various locations round the county-for example:

- Social gatherings occur monthly in North Worcestershire for all ages, with both indoor and outdoor games plus organised activities such as climbing/zip-wires/grass sledging for 8+.

- Monthly meeting in Worcester with games, music and crafts for all ages.

- Monthly social meeting in south Worcestershire, including indoor and outdoor games, group music session and a drama group.

- Bowling or Ice skating most months.

- "Education group" workshops organised regularly. Recent workshops have included: Marvellous Mosaics' 'Gunpowder plot' 'Medieval life', 'Making Music' and 'Creative Writing.

We also meet up with people from neighbouring counties and many of us go along to the national camps and gatherings that are organised by home educators throughout the year.

We have a Worcestershire Home Educators Newsletter (WHEN) that lists all of the activities for the coming month and run a Worcestershire Home Educators Internet support list.

Contact us on: