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Children Missing from Home or Care

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:


Inspecting Safeguarding Arrangements

Detailed guidance about safeguarding arrangements taken from the September 2011 Ofsted section 5 briefing.

Pupil Safeguarding Records Guidance

This guidance is being reviewed in line with The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016 that comes into force on 25th May 2018.

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.

Early Help/Continuum of Needs

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.

School Safeguarding Practice Guidance: Drop Off Collection of Children Successfully

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:

  • children are collected late
  • children are not collected
  • it is not safe for children to go home unaccompanied
  • there are concerns about supervision before and after school (childcare by a sibling/child walking to or from school alone)
  • there are concerns about a parent/carer’s ability to offer safe care, because they are under the influence of alcohol/drugs or there are concerns about their mental health state
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.

Hertfordshire supports ‘Britain’s lost women’ National Day of Memory 2016

Hertfordshire’s County Community Safety Unit is supporting this year’s National Day of Memory for victims of Honour Killings, and using the day as an opportunity to raise awareness of Honour-Based Abuse. The National Day of Memory, which happened on Thursday 14th July, is fronted by national charity Karma Nirvana – which supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.


Herts Forced Marriage Guidance

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

HCC Intimate Care Guidance

Continence guidance and support for children in nappies includes:

  • Supporting Children in Nappies - Early Years Guidance
  • Continence Guidance for Early Years Settings

Available to download from:


Safe Sleeping

The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) has launched a safe sleeping campaign to highlight the dangers of sleeping with your baby.

300 babies in the UK die suddenly and unexpectedly in their sleep every year as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); commonly known as cot death. In Hertfordshire, nearly a third of these types of deaths could have been avoided.

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a cot, moses basket or crib in your room. Although we don’t always know what causes many sad, unexpected deaths, it has been proven that if the parent is a smoker, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or just very tired, falling asleep with their baby significantly increases the risk of sudden infant death.

Following good advice does not guarantee the prevention of sudden infant death, but there are a number of things parents and carers can do to reduce the risks to their baby:

  • The safest place for a baby to sleep for the first six months is on its back in a cot, moses basket or crib in their parents’ room
  • It is dangerous for a baby to sleep in a normal bed or on a sofa or armchair
  • Babies should be placed on their back on a firm mattress, with their feet at the bottom end of the cot
  • They should not be allowed to get too hot - an ideal room temperature is between 16-20°c
  • Babies should be protected from second hand smoke - mothers should not smoke during pregnancy and people should not smoke in the house.

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.”

Schools are asked to share the above information with their parents via any parent newsletters or email for copies of the leaflet or download:

To learn more about reducing the risks, visit the FSID website: