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Hertfordshire County Council wants to hear the views of young people whose families have/ are receiving a service from social care. A new group is starting, run by and for young people aged 12 years to 16 years, the aim of which is to listen to views and help bring about improvements to the way in which Children’s Services work with families. The group will provide mutual support and fun activities as well as refreshments and transport if needed. See flyer for all details, including who to contact if a young person is interested in knowing more.
Please promote the group to young people you think will be interested. There are lots of benefits to getting involved including developing advocacy and leadership skills and getting experience of working with systems and representing others. Young people may even be asked later to take part in things such as interviewing staff and speaking at events. It would be very helpful if the flyer could be printed off and placed in appropriate areas of the school.
A missing child and young person is: A child or young person under the age of 18 who has run away from home or placement, or feels forced or lured to leave, or whose whereabouts are unknown. A briefing note for schools on Hertfordshire procedures is below:
This guidance is being reviewed in line with The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016 that comes into force on 25th May 2018.
Further updates to this guidance are likely in August 2018, following the introduction of EU General Data Protection Regulation and updates to Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE).
Records Keeping Proformas
School Safeguarding Practice Guidance: Pupil Safeguarding Records for Educational Establishments
Retention of Files: Toolkit for Schools
The Information and Records Management Society has produce a toolkit for schools setting out retention times for a wide range of records that school hold. The 2016 toolkit can be found here:
Please note this document does not only pertain to safeguarding files. The information within this document refers to any files kept in school. There are sections within the guidnace however that refer specifically to safeguarding information.
All practitioners working with, and on behalf of, children and families need to take responsibility for ensuring everything possible is done to prevent the unnecessary escalation of issues or problems by seeking early intervention. The 'Continuum of Need’ document aims to provide guidance about thresholds to help ensure that the right response is given, by the right services, at the right time.
This practice guidance has been written to assist the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection (DSP) in considering drop off and collection arrangements for children, to ensure effective safeguarding practice. The guidance is mainly relevant to staff working with primary aged children, although will also apply in some circumstances to older children with additional needs.
It is for schools to use in circumstances where:
CS0269 Drop Off Collection of Children Successfully
NSPCC Factsheet for schools
This factsheet is aimed primarily at primary schools, but some of the information may be useful for secondary schools. As part of schools’ wider safeguarding responsibilities they should have policies and procedures in place around the dropping off and collection of children to and from the school site. These policies should be shared with parents/carers when a child joins the school.
Continence guidance and support for children in nappies includes:
Available to download from: