Early Help Offer

What is Early Help?

Early Help is a way of accessing extra support when you, your child or your family needs it, at
the earliest possible stage, whether that be in the early years through to Year6, rather than
waiting until things get worse. You can receive support from a wide range of services and
organisations that can work together to provide the right support for your family’s needs.

Our Early Help offer:

• We can connect families with other multi-agency initiatives that can support you and
your family
• We can help ensure that families receive the help they require as soon as possible.
This early intervention can prevent issues from escalating and causing further
difficulties in the future.
• We can help create a brighter future for your child/ren and family, promoting their
overall welfare.
• We can offer universal and targeted/ specialist services.
• Early Help is available at any stage of a child’s life.

At Muxton Primary School, we have staff who are trained in supporting families through the
Early Help process. We also share a Family Support Worker with the Newport cluster of
schools. If you want to know more or would like access to Early Help, please contact the
school on 01952 387 007, send an email to inclusion@muxtonprimary.org.uk or speak with
one of the following members of staff:

Mrs. Jenny Pritchard— Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Howard Auckland – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss Ann Davies – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss Jordan Leech – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Heloise Rees – ELSA/Inclusion Mentor
Mrs Katie Beech – ELSA/Inclusion Mentor
Ms Ellie Delaney – Family Support Worker

Muxton Primary School Early Help – Types of support available

Member of the Senior Leadership Team, Inclusion Mentor/ELSA on the playground at the
start and end of the school day

Parents/carers have the opportunity to speak to the Senior
Leaders, Inclusion Mentor/ELSA everyday day if they have any
worries, questions or concerns.

Teacher/Teaching assistant available on the classroom door each day
The teachers or teaching assistants are always available for
messages or a quick question at drop off and pick up. Longer
meetings are available on request

Inclusion Lunchtime Clubs
A daily intervention during lunchtimes for those children who
need some additional support with either friendships, socialising
or emotions:
Reception & KS1 – Miss Nicola Edwards
Lower KS2 – Mrs Heloise Rees
Upper KS2 – Mrs Katie Beech

SEND, Inclusion and Well being Drop-in
Weekly drop-in sessions on Friday mornings from 8:30 –9:15am
with our SENCo Miss Davies and our ELSA/ Inclusion Mentors
Mrs Beech and Mrs Rees.

Early Help Assessment and Support Plans
An Early Help Assessment is a way of working with children and
young people. It involves listening to you and your child to find
out your child’s needs and what is working well in your child’s life
and your family life.

Referral to Strengthening Families
A referral to Strengthening Families forms part of the Early Help
Assessment Process to see if an allocated worker is needed to
support you in the home. This is a voluntary process.

Referral to School Nursing (Healthy Child Programme)
Referrals can be made around the following concerns: physical,
emotional, developmental, sleep, behaviour, feeding/weaning,
accident prevention, bed wetting, diet, CSE, weight and
communication.

Signposting to Beam
Beam is an emotional health and wellbeing drop-in service for
young people under 25 years old who are registered with a GP in
Shropshire or Telford and Wrekin.
BEAM Shropshire, Telford, Wrekin | The Children’s Society
(childrenssociety.org.uk)

Referral to Young Carers
Practical and emotional support for children who may be a Young
Carer. Young carers may have to deal with a range of illnesses
with the person they care for, such as disability, chronic illness,
mental health difficulties or problems with drugs or alcohol
misuse. YOUNG CARERS | Carers Centre (telfordcarers.org.uk)

Referral to BeeU (previously CAMHS)
School or your GP can refer to BeeU if there are high-level
concerns around anxiety, or for a diagnosis for Autism or ADHD.

PODS (Parents Opening Doors) Coffee Mornings
Parents/carers of SEND children are invited to a PODS coffee
morning to have the opportunity to find out about the service they
provide.
Signposting and/or
referral to PODS. PODS are a parent support group for parents with children with
additional needs. They provide advice, someone to talk to and hold regular workshops.
Home – PODS (podstelford.org)

Signposting to Kooth
An online mental wellbeing community for children 11+
Home – Kooth

Signposting to SENDIASS
Support for Parents/Carers of children with additional needs.
Telford SENDIASS | SENDIASS Telford

Referral to PEGS (Parental Education Growth Support)
PEGS are an organisation specifically founded to support
parents, carers and guardians who are experiencing domestic
abuse at the hands of their own children.
Child to parent abuse | Parental Education Growth Support
(PEGS) (pegsupport.co.uk)

Referral to Incredible Years
An evidence-based parenting programme in which parents learn
to break negative parent-child interaction cycles.

Referral to Mental Health Support Team
School member of staff identifies child or young person (CYP)
that may benefit from MHST support discuss with designated
Mental Health Lead (MHL)

Referral to Young Carers
Practical and emotional support for children who may be a
Young Carer. Young carers may have to deal with a range of
illnesses with the person they care for, such as disability, chronic
illness, mental health difficulties or problems with drugs or
alcohol misuse. YOUNG CARERS | Carers Centre
(telfordcarers.org.uk)

Attendance Support

If you require any support with attendance, please contact our
school office who will be happy to help you.

Parent workshops

A range of workshops are arranged throughout the year for
parents to access.

‘Muxton Extra’ : Breakfast, After School and Holiday Club
For those parents who need an early drop off in a morning, we
have a school breakfast club option which starts from 7.45am
through to the start of the school day. For those who need a later
collection, we have an after school club option with starts from
3.15pm through to 6pm.

Winter Coat and Shoes Scheme
Telford Crisis Support (TCS) Winter Coats and Shoes Project,
funded by Telford & Wrekin Council provide coats and shoes
over the winter months. School can make a referral for children
who need these.

What is an Early Help Assessment?

An Early Help Assessment is a way of working with children and young people. It involves
listening to you and your child to find out your child’s needs and what is working well in your
child’s life and your family life. This is reviewed and, if needed, sent into Strengthening Families
to see if an allocated worker is needed to support you in the home. This is a voluntary process.

How does it work?

With agreement, either Mrs Beech or Mrs Rees will ask you some questions to find out what
help and support your child might need. They will also talk to the child about their view. This
information is recorded on a form.

How will the Early Help Assessment help my family?

The Early Help Assessment (EHA) exists to help you support your child. It can lead to a quick
solution or help to identify extra support if needed. The EHA will ensure that everyone involved
in supporting your child(ren) – such as teachers and health visitors – work together to support
your child(ren). The EHA will help your child(ren) receive the right support at an early stage
before their needs increase.

What happens next?

Based on the information you and your child(ren) provide all agencies who can support your
child(ren) will work together to provide the support that your child(ren) and family needs. The
information that you and your family provide will only be shared with the people who need to
know and only with your agreement.

Strengthening Families

Sometimes a Strengthening Families worker may be appropriate to support you. A
Strengthening Families worker can help you with:

• Parenting
• Employment
• Finances
• Emotional Health and wellbeing
• Acting as part of the pathway towards a BeeU referral
• Opening doors and providing access to other services that can help support the
whole family