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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:
Detailed guidance about safeguarding arrangements taken from the September 2011 Ofsted section 5 briefing.
This guidance should be read in conjunction with section fifteen of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance (2015) and applies to both manual and computerised records.
Keeping Safe in Education states that it is part of the designated safeguarding lead’s role to be able to keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals. The purpose of this practice guidance is to assist the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection (DSP) in establishing and maintaining record keeping systems that support effective safeguarding practice.
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.
In Hertfordshire we continue to develop integrated practice, building on how services work together to safeguard and support children and families. With a shared understanding of service thresholds this document provides further guidance around the types of need requiring a specialist service and those requiring a targeted service, including the use of the Family CAF (Common Assessment Framework) or Graded Care Profile
The needs of children and families change over time and may require a continuum of support from different services. There is no substitute for professional judgement and discussion with others and this guidance aims to assist families, practitioners and managers in determining presenting levels of need and to consider the appropriate response at the right time, by the right service.
Below is an attachment containing the updated guidance a link to information about Integrated Practice and the Common assessment Framework (CAF):
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
Keeping children and young people safe from all forms of abuse is a top priority in Hertfordshire. The guidance aims to equip you with the information to help children at risk.
Criminalisation of Forced Marriage Factsheet
Forced Marriage Campaign Guidance for Partners
Continence guidance and support for children in nappies includes:
Available to download from:
The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) has launched a safe sleeping campaign to highlight the dangers of sleeping with your baby.
Dr Hilary Angwin, Public Health Consultant for children, NHS Hertfordshire. said: “Losing a child this way is a terrible tragedy. We should all do everything we can to reduce the risk of this happening. As the campaign highlights, drinking alcohol, smoking or any drug use adds unnecessary risks. I hope people take note of these messages and that this campaign saves lives not only in Hertfordshire, but across the country.”
To learn more about reducing the risks, visit the FSID website: