Information Resources for Herefordshire

Welcome to the latest Information Bulletin from Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships. We are now combining Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and other safeguarding related information into one weekly bulletin.

Please consider disseminating appropriately across your organisations and networks.
You will also be able to find this information and more on our website

White Ribbon Day 2020

White Ribbon Day 2020 is Wednesday 25 November. Each year thousands of people stand up, speak out and say no to violence against women. This year is more important than ever to raise awareness of violence, harassment and abuse towards women and men due to the Covid 19 pandemic social isolation. White Ribbon Day is the opportunity to bring people together – in person or online - to raise awareness and commit to action to prevent men's violence against women. Community by Community, Workplace by Workplace and School by School.

The White Ribbon event will include:

•An overview of Domestic Abuse by Guest Speaker: Martin Lakeman
•Survivor’s stories
•Protective Orders - Parkinson Wright Solicitors
•The role of Hospital IDVA
•The DA barriers for older people and those with disabilities
•The voice of Herefordshire Young people
•Herefordshire Local Domestic Abuse Pathway

White Ribbon Online Event
“Being professionally curious and thinking the unthinkable”

25 November 2020

9.00am – 4.00pm

Virtual via Webex

Book your place now on CPD Online


How to look after mental health at work during the coronavirus outbreak 

The Mental Health Foundation has produced a series of guides on how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tips for employees and employers on how to look after yourself and your staff
The full range of guides can be found on the MHF website:

Tips about working from home - from the NHS Every Mind Matters website

Public Health England have developed explicit guidance on mental health in the crisis. If you want to develop a personalised plan for supporting your mental health you can also visit the PHE Every Mind Matters site, developed in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation.

Virtual Practitioner Forum Thursday 05 November - Book your Free Place Now
You are invited to attend the next in our popular series of free Practitioner Forums on Thursday 05 November 2020, from 9.00am to 12.00pm.

This Virtual event will focus on safeguarding children, but professionals are welcome to attend from all fields of work to extend your underpinning knowledge.
The main part of the session will be an opportunity to learn more about the new exciting Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Initiative – ‘Signs of Safety’ (SOS)
This briefing is an opportunity for professionals from a wide range of partner organisations to have an overview of the Signs of Safety model and to become more familiar with the language and tools in Signs of Safety. The briefing will be hosted by a licensed Signs of Safety social worker.
You will also learn about Herefordshire’s Early Help Service and the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). The final topic of the morning will brief you on child obesity in Herefordshire and guidance for practitioners on how to sensitively work with families to address this issue. Plus you will have the opportunity to suggest future Practitioner Forum topics for 2021
The online session will be fast paced and interactive. To book visit the event page on CPD Online.
Request to send in your Good News stories

This year of course has been very difficult for many, especially in the area of safeguarding, but we are also aware that many professionals have adapted to the challenging times we have all faced and have come up with new and innovative ways of working.
If you have a successful new way of working that you would like to tell others about, or just a general good news story about working in safeguarding in the current climate, then we would love to hear from you.
Please send submissions of ideally no more than 150 words to the team at

We will include a selection in future information bulletins, and reserve the right to edit for publication.
New CLIMB Referral link from the Children's Society

The Children's Society have updated their website and the referral pathway and referral link for the CLIMB Programme have changed.

Information for professionals

New updated CLIMB referral pathway

Climb is a programme, partnered with the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, that aims to draw children away from crime and towards sports and other healthy activities. They work with schools, social care and other groups across the region to make communities safer for young people. 
CLIMB Webinar Event 4th November 2020 2pm-4pm

Register your confirmation of attendance by sending an email to by Friday 30th November.  Before 4th November you will receive an individual email with the ZOOM dial in details.
Break Out rooms will be set up for the webinar assigned based on your Local Authority location at the back end of the webinar where the rooms will be facilitated by CLIMB personnel to provide specific updates to your area and also provide you with an opportunity to give feedback on What is Working Well, and ideas/ suggestions as to where the service could be enhanced. This webinar is for Strategic, Operational and practitioner benefit.
Webinar Agenda
  • Opening Mark Russell (CEO The Childrens Society) –  Open the event and talk briefly about TCS national and local work
  • The Good Childhood Report  – Richard Crellin Policy and Research Manager
  • Climb Service – Service Managers overview of service and current landscape ‘pan West Mercia’.
  • DEX service
  • Breakout rooms  – Attendee’s split off into geographical locations Herefordshire/ Worcestershire/ Shropshire/ Telford, Case studies and feedback of service discussions
  • Summary of Breakout space/ feedback
  • Close by PCC John Campion
Mark Roberts
West Mercia Diversionary Network Lead

Latest Newsletter from No Wrong Door Project 

The No Wrong Door Project from hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service) have published their latest weekly newsletter

For the latest UK Government information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)



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