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Early Help Offer

Early Help Offer

Providing early help to our children and families at Whatfield Primary School means we can be more effective in preventing problems from affecting a child’s ability to thrive and be successful.  Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to Year 6.


At Whatfield Primary School, we understand that family life can sometimes be difficult and complicated.  From time to time there may be situations where you need extra help and support.  To support and advise you at such times we have an Early Help Offer. Please see the information and links below for details of the range of ways in which we can assist or help you to find the support that you need.


What support can we offer?

 As a school we can offer advice on a range of concerns or we can signpost parents to other sources of information, help and support.  We can offer advice on areas such as behaviour management, financial worries, domestic abuse and housing concerns, etc.


"If you or those who work with your family feel your child needs extra help because they have some unmet needs, you can choose to begin a common assessment framework, often referred to as a CAF, visit the Suffolk County Council website for more information. A CAF may be useful if your child is experiencing a range of difficulties; these might be around their emotional wellbeing or around their behaviour in the home or the local community. Most often it is when there is a combination of difficulties. Usually, if the only difficulty you and your child are experiencing is around your child’s behaviour at school, a CAF is not appropriate. Occasionally a CAF is completed when an early help service is not required. In this situation, we will still provide advice and guidance to make sure you get the support you need" (Suffolk Infolink)


Speech & Language Screenings in School

We are currently working with 'Communicate'. Communicate are an independent speech and language therapy service for children, adults and schools, serving the whole of East Anglia. Initially set up by Emma Ferris, Communicate is now a small team of skilled speech and language therapists. 


They work with children independently or through group work dependent on the needs of each pupil. They provide our staff with the support they need to work with some of the pupils and provide reports where necessary.


Integrative Child Psychotherapist

We occasionally work with Child Psychotherapists who provide the following:

  • 1:1 Psychotherapy sessions with children who have been referred by the SENCO and/or parents

  •  Initial meetings and regular termly reviews will be offered to all significant adults, ie. Parents, teachers, teaching assistants.

  • Support to parents when a difficulty arises with a child accessing the 1:1 service.

  • Training and support for staff supporting children with difficulties.

  • a key link from referral, initial assessment and throughout treatment (and possible onward referral)

  • a key link to services offered outside the school setting – e.g. CAMHS, Social care, Parenting services, Adult mental health and onward referral where appropriate.


Useful links for parents

On the page there are links giving sources of information and advice on a wide range of topics such as applying for a school place, bullying, healthy eating and mental health issues

Support with finding childcare

Information on Social care and Early Help for parents offered by Suffolk County Council