Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family early in the life of a problem, as soon as it emerges. It can be required at any stage in a child’s life from pre-birth to adulthood and applies to any problem or need that the family cannot deal with or meet on their own. It also applies to all children and young people, with any form of need.
At St. Mark’s, Early Help can take many forms. We believe that early intervention is crucial to giving our children the best chance to achieve their full potential. Positive partnerships with parents is important to us, and positive teacher relationships with parents have proven to boost academic achievement, social capability and emotional well-being. Children do better in school and at home, when there is a strong bond built between teachers and parents.
Some examples of Early Help include:
- Parenting support – such as Malachi family therapeutic support service
- Positive relationships and social skills groups – such as mentoring support from Mr. Reid, social skills groups, stress box support etc
- Emotional health and wellbeing support – such as the trauma informed awareness approach which incorporates the PACE model developed by Dr. Dan Hughes
- Communication and language support – such as speech therapy, communication boards, phonics and reading support.
We deliver a wide range of early help support to all of our families including food bank and uniform support so please approach one of the DSL’s in school if you are in need of any of these services. Our DSLs can also signpost you to other agencies that may be able to provide specific support.
Please see further information about Birmingham’s Early Help offer at the following link: