At Bevois Town Primary School, we are committed to 'early help' as a means of providing support as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child’s life. Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. All staff in school have received training on how to identify children and families who may benefit from early help. Our staff are aware of the early help process and understand their role in identifying emerging problems, sharing information with other agencies and for some staff acting as the lead professional in undertaking early help assessments and co-ordinating support.
Sometimes families benefit from having a professional network of support around them to help with things like their family’s health, getting into work and improving school attendance. The support that can be offered through the Early Help Hub is based on what each family needs and it’s voluntary so it only takes place if the family agree to it.
The team work with the whole family, helping to identify the areas of support needed and pulling a plan together. The team contains multi-agency, skilled workers from many different services and backgrounds. The support offered by Early Help Hub includes the successful Families Matter programme, which is Southampton’s response to the Government’s Troubled Families agenda. Find out more about Families Matter.
As a school, we make referrals to Early Help but parents and carers are also able to make a referral themselves.
You can compete the online referral form which will be sent directly to the Early Help Hub when you submit it. Alternatively you can download a referral form and send it, along with a completed information sharing consent form, to EarlyHelpHub@southampton.gov.uk.
If you have any questions about Early Help or would like support completing the form, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Young (Deputy Headteacher and Lead DSL). Alternatively, you can contact the team directly on 023 8083 3311 or email EarlyHelpHub@southampton.gov.uk.