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Early Help Offer

At Tenacres First School we recognise the challenges that families face in bringing up children. There may be times when you need extra help and support. If this is the case please come and talk to us.

There are many ways in which we can help as outlined in this offer of early help. We can also help to plan specific support for families in the forms of My Plan, My Plan + and My Assessment where we can work together to set and achieve outcomes.

The diagram below shows the range of needs at different levels. We use this graduated approach to make sure we provide the best support for different families’ individual situations.

Providing early help to our pupils and families at Tenacres means we are more effective in promoting support as soon as we can. 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 teenage years.

Key Personnel


Ceri Marshall

Jeanette Walters

Michelle Gardiner

Debbie Morris

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: Ceri Marshall (also Headteacher)
Email: head@tenacres.worcs.sch.uk

The deputy DSL is: Jeanette Walters
Email: office@tenacres.worcs.sch.uk

The nominated safeguarding governor is: Michelle Gardiner
Email: office@tenacres.worcs.sch.uk

The Chair of Governors is: Debbie Morris
Email: office@tenacres.worcs.sch.uk

Alternatively, contact any of the above on the school's telephone number.

Additional Provision

At Tenacres we work with professionals on various aspects including:

  • School employed Family Support Worker
  • Attendance (EWO)
  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Pastoral Support
  • SENCO
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

In Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 it makes it clear that ALL staff should be aware of their local early help process and understand their role in it.

In addition, this statutory document makes it clear that any child may benefit from early help, but all school and college staff should be particularly alert to the potential need for early help for a child who:

  • Is disabled and has specific additional needs;
  • Has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory education, health care plan);
  • Is a young carer;
  • Is showing signs of being drawn in to anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups;
  • Is frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home;
  • Is misusing drugs or alcohol themselves;
  • Is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation;
  • Is in a family circumstance present challenges for the child, such as substance abuse, adult mental health problems or domestic abuse;
  • Has returned home to their family from care;
  • Is showing early signs of abuse and/or neglect;
  • Is at risk of being radicalised or exploited;
  • Is a privately fostered child.