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Detailed guidance about safeguarding arrangements taken from the September 2011 Ofsted section 5 briefing.
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.
The guidance has been produced following direct requests from DSPs and as a response to the findings and recommendations of individual management/serious case reviews undertaken in Hertfordshire and nationally.
Hertfordshire Children’s Trust Partnership (HCTP) has made a number of changes to improve its arrangements for ensuring that vulnerable children and young people receive the right response at the right time. As part of this work, we have recently completed a review of the thresholds for accessing targeted and specialist services, and finalised a revised version of the Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Hertfordshire handbook.
The handbook, which has been signed off by the Hertfordshire Children's Trust Partnership and Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board, sets out clear thresholds which will support practitioners in making decisions on how best to respond to the needs of children and families
The handbook can be accessed from the link below, together with a link to an Interim Services Contact List:
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. There are two forms of abuse which tend to peak during the school holidays – forced marriages and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This guidance aims to equip you with the information to help children at risk.
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: