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Last updated 11 January, 2016

New Statutory Duties for Schools 1st July 2015

Schools should be aware that they have a new statutory duty from 1st July 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism.

Recognise, Respond, Refer materials:

HSCB has updated the Recognise, Respond, Refer postcards and posters with a new phone number for the LADO. Download the latest version here under Local Publications:

NSPCC Reports:

The NSPCC has published a report on deaf and disabled children talking about child protection here:

Say Something if you See Something Campaign

Say Something if you See Something campaign Posters

 

Your Local Safeguarding Forums Need You!

The local safeguarding forums (LSF) are your platform for networking at a local level to share information, problem solve and implement learning to safeguard children and young people in Hertfordshire. The forums are fully supported by the Board and anyone working with children and young people in Hertfordshire is encouraged to attend.

The forums meet in 'double district' areas on a quarterly basis.

If you would like to attend, all you have to do is simply turn up. There is no invitation list or formal process by which you have to apply to attend. For further information on dates and venues:

 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a behaviour that is tragically becoming prominent in many parts of the county, impacting on children and young people across Hertfordshire. 

CSE can affect young people from all social and ethnic backgrounds. Similarly, offenders come from many different backgrounds - but they all have one thing in common. They are abusing young people and are using their status or position to exploit vulnerable victims.

Targeted material about identifying sexual exploitation, the signs to look for and how to deal with the impact that it has on the victims and their families has been produced for:

  1. children and young people www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/docs/pdf/c/csechild.pdf
  2. parents and carers www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/docs/pdf/c/cseparent.pdf
  3. professionals www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/docs/pdf/c/cseproff.pdf

A poster listing the signs to look for is available for you to download and display in your staff rooms.

Operation Halo Poster

There is also training available for professionals who would like to find out more about CSE. Click here to find out more:

Anyone with concerns should call the Children’s Services on 0300 123 4043

If you have concerns around CSE that you feel may help police build intelligence on potential victims or offenders please contact the police on telephone 101.

 

HSCB Posters and Postcard

Children have a right to be cared for and protected and protecting them is everyone's responsibility.

The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board has produced posters and postcards entitled ‘Recognise, respond and refer’.  You can download the poster here and the postcard here .

If you require more copies please call the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board office on 01992 555388.

 

eSafety - Facing up to Facebook - the Magic 13! New

The HSCB eSafety group has developed a parents/carers leaflet to help raise awareness and provide practical guidance on the safe use of Facebook. To download a copy visit the eSafety section: