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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 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.
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.
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
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.
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: