Early Help Offer

What is the Early Help Offer at Al-Hijrah School?

Al-Hijrah School’s Early Help Offer identifies the need for help for children and families as soon as problems start to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will emerge in the future.

The Early Help Offer recognises that problems can arise at any point throughout childhood and adolescence. The Early Help Offer includes universal and targeted services designed to reduce or prevent specific problems from escalating or becoming entrenched.

What does the Early Help offer mean for families?

We hope that our Early Help Offer will provide the ‘front door’ through which parents can access additional support at any level.

Al-Hijrah School is committed to:

  • Supporting young people and families, offering early help to avoid escalation of issues
  • Ensuring a multi-disciplinary approach that brings a range of professional skills and expertise to bear
  • Building positive relationships with pupils and their families, co-ordinating the support needed from other agencies
  • Practice that empowers families and helps them to develop the capacity to resolve their own problems
  • A holistic approach that addresses children’s needs in the wider family context
  • A simple, streamlined referral and assessment processes – the ‘early help’ assessment

The intended benefits for young people and families are:

  • Enhanced life chances as a result of the well documented benefits of Early Help in preventing issues later in life
  • An all age integrated service providing continuous support across age groups and for the whole family
  • Co-ordinated support resulting in maximised opportunities and outcomes for children, young people and families

What is early help assessment?

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life.  For this to be effective, all agencies are required to work together to:

  • Identify children and families who would benefit from support early
  • Undertake an assessment of need
  • Provide services to address those needs

All workers are responsible for using standard ways of working with families to identify the right support that can be delivered quickly to prevent things from getting worse. They have a responsibility to share information, work together and co-ordinate action plans.

For more information on the early help assessment go to: http://www.lscbbirmingham.org.uk/index.php/early-help

What makes up the Early Help Offer in school?

School Pastoral Team
School Nurse
Family Support Worker

School Pastoral Team

Alongside our motivated teaching staff, the School Pastoral Team are skilled and experienced professionals who provide a quality service for your children. They work hard to support young people and their families. If you or your child needs someone to talk to or you need support with particular difficulties, they can be contacted at the school. The School Pastoral Team can help with a range of things, including problems with coming to school, friendship issues and issues around confidence. They are also there to help our parents and give support with parenting issues; remember, from time to time we all experience difficulties. Having someone to listen and offer support can be of great help.

Contact the School Pastoral Team on 0121 7737979.

School Nurse

School nurses promote and maintain the good health of all school age children and enable them to reach their full potential. The school nurse works in partnership with parents, children and young people, school staff and other professionals. The school nurse can offer advice and support on a range of issues and has links to other services that work with children and families. Our school nurse is Caroline Quinn. Caroline runs drop in sessions for pupils and parents at the school every Thursday from 9.30 to 11.00.

Family Support Worker

It is essential that your child makes a positive and consistent start to school life. To enable this to happen, regular attendance is required. Sometimes there are other factors that can affect a child’s attendance and it is essential that all these factors are addressed.  The Family Support Worker can support families in ensuring that your child attends school every day. If your child is experiencing difficulties with his/her attendance it may be helpful to contact our Family Support Worker, Ruth Glackin on 0121 7737979