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Chingford Foundation School

School Early Help Hub


A Provision for Students & Families to access advice, additional support and to keep safe

With young people under increased pressure at home and school, with family breakdown on the increase, with associated risks, many students suffering from anxiety and depression, and 1 in 10 now having a diagnosable mental health disorder, we wanted to ensure our students had access to the support they needed early on.

So we crafted and opened The School Early Help Hub offering:

A Safeguarding First Line Assessment Service where we identify, treat and refer on cases with life threatening risk.

A Mental Health & Wellbeing First Aid Triage Service providing assessment and first stage treatment plans for a broad spectrum of psychiatric problems, many of which are life threatening major traumatic cases; while others who may be seriously mentally ill but in no immediate danger of life, who require intensive daily care in the Hub.

A more detailed explanation of what the Early Help Hub offers can be found here.


All students will be mentally healthy and safe, leading to improved behaviour and academic learning outcomes within a positive calm and supportive school environment

Kay Hall, Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Early Help Child Protection Officer

Sharon Goldstone, Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Early Help Mental Health & Wellbeing Officer

Press and News Articles

Chingford school launches kicks off Children's Mental Health Week with a new initiative to prioritise student wellbeing - 

The Mayor of Waltham Forest Cllr Yemi Osho launched ‘The Peer Listeners Club ’ -

Feature Article in ATL Union Magazine ‘Report’ “The Listening Club -

LBC Radio - Click here to listen to the clip

Following the Prime Minister’s speech highlighting her continued support for secondary schools offering Mental Health First Aid Training to ensure children with high needs are supported, showcasing how the PM’s vision had enabled support staff at Chingford Foundation School to be up-skilled and now offer a triage service at school to address long waiting lists at CAMHS and rising levels of poor mental health.

Past Events

5th July  2018

We are delighted to welcome a visit from local MP Iain Duncan Smith, where we will be showcasing our school’s Early Help Triage Service incorporating our Peer Listening Club.

9th July  2018

The local Co-op and Harvester are sponsoring an end of year thank you celebration meal for the Early Help Wellbeing Team

16th October  2018

Mrs Goldstone was invited to speak at Westminster Insight’s Mental Health in Schools Conference in October 2018 on implementing a successful Peer Listening Programme with hints and tips on how to do the same.

14th and 22nd November 2018

Mrs Goldstone was invited to make a return visit to Optimus Education Mental Health & Wellbeing in Schools Conference November 2018, to run a workshop and share how her vision has become a reality through setting up an Early Help Hub at School and a Peer Listeners Club up-skilling and supervising 6 Support Staff and 25 students

March 2019

Peer Listeners completed the adapted Prospero Level 1 'An Introduction to Safeguarding Young People' training .