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Early Help Offer and Operation Encompass

Early Help Offer at Northern

At Northern, we understand that the sooner we can offer support for individual children and their families then the happier our school community will remain.  Early help means providing support as soon as the need emerges, at any point in a child’s life. Staff at Northern Primary recognise that any professional can provide early help. All staff understand that if they need support with signposting to early help then they can speak to DSLs, Personal Mentors, Attendance Officers or the SENDCo. Any pupil or family may benefit from early help, and staff will be alert to this potential need. The DSL or SENDCo will take the lead where early help is appropriate and consent has been gained. This includes liaising with other agencies and setting up an inter-agency assessment as appropriate. The local early help process will be followed as required to help provide the right, effective support at the right time.


Our vision for Northern Primary School reflects a passionate commitment to learning and recognition of the uniqueness of individual learners. It is driven by our desire to offer the best possible education for our pupils in partnership with parents and the local community. This is the driving reason behind working towards becoming a 'Right's Respecting School'. At Northern, we are a Rights Respecting School and support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 


The children at Northern have worked together to create a set of values that they believe are the key to ensuring Northern is a place to 'Learn and be happy'. Each class has created their own class charter of values that they follow to ensure there is always a happy learning environment. These have then created the school charter of values:

            * Friendship                           * Forgiveness                              

* Collaboration                               * Self-belief                            *Perseverance 

 * Responsibility                               * Respect                    

* Honesty                             * Compassion                              * Fairness


To ensure we develop a school community which is nurtured at all possible opportunities to thrive, we work closely with the Lancashire Early Help Offer. We strive to embed fantastic practice from across the county that is helping to ensure that the right families get the right support at the right time.  This provides a solid foundation for the way we support children, young people and families in our school community.



Lancashire Early Help

Lancashire Early Help Documents

Operation Encompass

In conjunction with Lancashire Police, Northern Primary School is involved in a national initiative called “Operation Encompass”.  The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.

Following an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared.  Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to help and support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.

This is a valuable initiative that means we can help and support children and their families within our school when they need us most.

You can find out more information by visiting the Operation Encompass website (click the button below) or by contacting the Operation Encompass leads - Mrs Ewens or Mrs Melvin at school.