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Last updated 19th October, 2018

Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults: County Lines October 2018

Guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines, part of the government’s approach to ending gang violence and exploitation.

Keeping Children Safe in Education July 2018

This document is a summary of the key changes to the statutory guidance that will come into effect as of the 3rd September 2018.

Working to Safeguard Children August 2018

The guidance was updated in July 2018 and can be viewed on the DfE website at:

HCC Advice: Responding to the current terrorism threat 25th May 2017

Following the recent attack in Manchester, you will know that the level of threat of international terrorism published by British security services has been revised to ‘Critical’.  It is important that schools reassure staff to ensure they are alert, but not alarmed.  

Schools should take this opportunity to review their safeguarding and security arrangements, and be extra vigilant during the school day when there is a high volume of visitors to sites. 

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
  2. parents and carers
  3. professionals

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.


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: