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Safeguarding portal - September 2017

Keeping children and young people safe is a key priority in Hertfordshire.  Following a series of training sessions delivered to Headteachers and senior leaders over the last couple of terms it was decided that it would be helpful to have all safeguarding guidance in one place. 

Hertfordshire County Council, in conjunction with Herts for Learning, are pleased to launch the Safeguarding Portal which is designed to be a ‘one stop shop’ providing schools with the most up to date guidance, policies and resources in relation to safeguarding.  This information is intended to empower schools to develop their culture of safeguarding.

This portal is available to all Hertfordshire schools irrespective of their designation.  Access to the portal is via a single username and password for use by all schools from the .Herts for Learning web site.

All Hertfordshire schools have been sent details of how to access the portal. If you have any problems please email: resources@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB)

The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) was launched in April 2006 to replace the Area Child Protection Committee. It has a statutory role, with more influence, authority and powers, along with a much wider remit to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

A key objective for the HSCB is to support parents and carers to provide a safe and stable family life for children and young people. It also supports organisations like schools to reduce the likelihood of children and young people suffering accidental injury and death, bullying and discrimination, crime and anti-social behaviour.

For more information on the HSCB and safeguarding visit the website at:

 

HSCB Training

The latest HSCB training courses are now ready for booking:

See calendar below for latest HSCB course dates:

Book online:

 

Examples of some HSCB courses below:

Witchcraft and spirit possession abuse lite bite
The aims of this lite bite are to raise awareness about the existence of witchcraft and spirit possession abuse and to inform participants of the signs and symptoms, and what to do if you see or suspect it.

Serious and partnership case reviews and audits lite bite: what have we learnt nationally and locally? Can we do better?
The aim of this lite bite is to look at the statistics, evidence and research relating to deaths and serious injuries in children, where abuse or neglect are considered to be a factor, and to use this information to inform our future practice.

Safeguarding children with disabilities
A multi agency course, giving practitioners from a range of agencies the opportunity to consider and discuss safeguarding issues that arise for children and young people with disabilities.

Working with resistant and reluctant parents lite bite
This lite bite workshop gives a chance to try out a reflective process to aid engagement with resistant and reluctant families where there may be safeguarding concerns. The session draws upon research with parents involved with child protection services in Hertfordshire.

 


Safeguarding Information on the HGfL

The following links to information on the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning give guidance on safeguarding children:


Policies and other Documents Relating to Safeguarding on HGfL

The following policies and documents form part of a safeguarding framework for schools:

 

Policies and Relevant Documents

Link

Anti-Bullying

Behaviour Management

Child Protection

Continence/ intimate care

Drugs and Substance Abuse

Disciplinary

Drop Off and Collection of Children

First Aid
(including management of medical conditions, intimate care)

Forced Marriage and FGM

Health and Safety

(including school security)

eSafety/Images

Management of Allegations of Abuse Against Staff

Recruitment

Staff Handbook - Guidance on Conduct

Physical Intervention

Whistleblowing