Our Early help vision

At different times in their lives, many children and their families may experience a wide range of needs which require access to high quality universal services and/ or targeted support to address addition needs. These additional needs could relate to education, social welfare, health or other issues. We do not use a specific Early Help service but we provide an Early Help approach within school and utilise outside agencies if appropriate. We want the outcomes for our children and families to be maximised by ensuring that they feel healthy, safe, valued and achieve their full potential.

Every family may face difficulties at different times as being a parent is hard work. There is no instruction manual that comes with the ‘job.’ Throughout their child’s school career a family may need a supportive word or specific intervention. If this extra help is required all adults working with the child will carry out an Early Help Assessment. (EHA) This will be shared with parents and state the way forward.

All of our staff have a shared responsibility to support the families of children attending Kniveton primary. Our aims are:

  • To provide a high quality service to our families, responding quickly and working proactively.

  • To enable more effective early intervention and preventative approaches

  • To signpost to appropriate services and agencies.

We promote mental health and well-being, positive behaviour, good emotional health and good school attendance. The SENCO will work closely with the child’s teacher if there is a risk of developing emotional and/ or behavioural problems.

Requests for support and concerns raised may be made by the child’s teacher or from the family itself or a child may raise a concern. However a request is made, a chronology of actions will be recorded and stored in the Head teacher’s locked filing cabinet in her office.

If a referral to an outside agency is deemed necessary, an initial meeting will take place with parents, unless the child is at risk of significant harm in which case referral to the Child Protection Services will be made immediately.








There is nothing wrong about asking for a little extra bit of help at times.

This starts with an Early Help conversation. You’ll chat to a member of the school staff about what’s going on and what’s going well and not so well for you and your family. The staff member may refer you to our Headteacher, Mrs Board, who is also our SENCO. She will explain what support is available to help you at this particular time. This conversation may lead to an Early Help Assessment (EHA) where we can get a full picture of where you could do with a bit of extra support.

It’s voluntary to take part in this assessment. Both parents can be involved if appropriate.

An Early Help Assessment (EHA) will:

  • Help you to see what’s going well and not so well for you and your family

  • Help you and others to see what support you might need.

  • Create a picture of your family’s circumstances, which can be shared with your permission, so you don’t have to repeat yourself to different workers.

  • Help you to be part of a team working together on the same plan to get things going well again.

All your personal information belongs to you. Agencies cannot share your information, unless you agree because your information is protected under the Data Protection Act. Agencies could be health visitors, educational psychologists, speech and language, sleep therapists, mentors, school etc.

We would then organise a ‘Team around the child’ meeting where all professionals and the family come together to make a support plan. This will be regularly reviewed to ensure the right support is offered and being effective.

If you stop receiving Early Help support we are always on hand if your needs change and you need further help in the future.