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Early Help at Timberley Academy


At Timberley Academy staff are committed to and know the benefit of Early Help as a way of supporting families and young people before their needs become acute and social care or other specialist intervention may be necessary.


If you feel you need further support from school please contact the school office.


The school has a range of robust safeguarding procedures in place which puts the safety and protection of children at the heart of any decisions.


The school’s safeguarding team is made up of the following staff


Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs C Harris


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL)

Miss M Hunter

Mr S Kinsman

Mr I Griffiths

Mrs D Lawrence

Mrs L Nicholls


Behaviour and Wellbeing – Miss L Russell

Bereavement and Mental Health- Miss K Tresigne

ASD Lead Practitioner- Mrs M Chester


The DSL and all DDSLs complete inter-agency safeguarding training on a two yearly programme. All other school staff complete safeguarding training on a yearly basis and are updated regularly to any changes in legislation.


Reporting Concerns

If any member of school suspects that a child may be at risk of harm or who has been harmed they will report the incident through My Concern, out reporting system.. The email is received by all members of the safeguarding team. Staff are expected to report a concern as soon as possible through the reporting system. If a member of staff believes that a child is at risk of or has been subjected to significant harm then this must be reported immediately via email and then in person to either the school’s DSL or one of the DDSLs.


The primary aim of the school’s Early Help systems is to try to intervene early with families before it gets to the stage when a child may be at risk of harm.


Involvement of Families

The school will always involve the family in all Early Help strategies and will seek consent before a plan is put in place.. The school will aim to work with families in a supportive, non-judgemental way so that trust is built up and the best possible outcomes achieved.


There are occasions, however, when the school’s safeguarding team or member of school staff may believe that a child may be at immediate risk of significant harm and that by informing the parents/carers of the concern may put the child at further risk. In these cases the school will implement section 47 procedures. This will involve an immediate referral to social care without the parents/carers knowledge.


School Indicators for Children or Families That May Require Early Help


The following list provides examples of areas where, without intervention a family may break down or a child may be put a risk of neglect, emotional, physical or sexual harm. This also includes the risk of extremism. The school has no pre-prescribed criteria for supporting children and families. Each case is assessed according to needs and a bespoke programme put in place for that child and/or family:


Following the identification of a family who may require Early Help the school will seek to gain consent from the family to engage with the services who may be best placed to support them. This will may involve support from the Local Early Help support team who will work with the school to assess the needs of the family and to complete a 'My Assessment' this may also include a Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting and the creation of a family My Plan Plus.

The levels of needs for each family is assessed on an individual basis and different levels of services can be accessed as a result. These may include the following:


Universal – All children

  • Family
  • Friends
  • School Staff
  • Governors
  • Breakfast Club
  • After School Clubs
  • Community Clubs (i.e. sports, arts etc.)



Universal Plus

  • Family Support Worker
  • Attendance Support
  • Inclusion Manager
  • Learning Mentors
  • ASD Lead Practitioner
  • School Safeguarding Team/Pastoral Team
  • School E-Safety Support
  • Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
  • Police
  • GP
  • Health Visitor
  • Midwife
  • School Nurse
  • Food Bank
  • LA SEN Team
  • LA Transport Team
  • Churches and Religious Leaders
  • Landlords
  • Young Carers
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Job Centre
  • Traveller Support Services
  • Army Support Services
  • Interpreter
  • Children’s Centre
  • Communication with Previous Settings



Additional Needs

  • Family Support Worker
  • School Safeguarding Team
  • Social Care (Initial/Core Assessment)
  • Parenting Courses
  • Paediatrician
  • Counselling
  • Play Therapy
  • 1:1 Therapy from specialist therapists
  • Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS)
  • Education Entitlement and Inclusion Team (EEI)
  • Physiotherapist
  • Family Endowment Fund
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Education Psychologist
  • Bereavement Services
  • The Samaritans
  • Freedom Programme
  • Independence Trust

Drugs and Alcohol Support

  • Child Online Protection and Exploitation Centre (CEOP)
  • Channel Programme


Complex or Significant Needs

  • Social Care – Child Protection (CP), Child in Need (CIN)
  • School Safeguarding Team
  • Social Worker
  • Police – Police Protection Order (PPO)
  • Courts – Care Proceedings
  • Counselling
  • Therapy
  • Channel Programme


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