Information Resources for Herefordshire


Welcome to the third Information Bulletin from Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships of 2021. We will continue to publish regular updates with Coronavirus (Covid-19) and other safeguarding related information for professionals in Herefordshire.

Please consider disseminating across your organisations and networks.
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Important date for your diary
HSCP Physical Abuse Webinar - Tuesday 9th March.

We invite you to book a place at our latest virtual event, which is the introduction of a new webinar on the subject of physical abuse, being held on Tuesday 9 March from 9.15am to 10.00am.  The 45 minute session will cover the following topics:

  • Definitions, Prevalence, Perspective, Policies and Procedures
  • Disclosures and Think the Unthinkable
  • Police involvement and advice
  • Making a referral
  • MASH discussions and outcomes
  • Specific issues including Abusive Head Trauma and medicals

Attendees will hear Herefordshire safeguarding professionals describe issues around physical abuse in this informative specially produced Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership webinar.  A recording of the event will be available to view on our YouTube channel, for anyone unable to attend on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there, so book your place today.

New 7 Minute Learning on abusive head trauma in infants

A new '7 Minute Learning' for professionals in Herefordshire has been developed on the theme of 'abusive head trauma in infants' as part of the learning from a recent case review.

Direct Link:
New 7 Minute Learning on abusive head trauma in infants


Important date for your diary

HSCP Summit for Strategic Leaders and Senior Managers in Herefordshire
Wednesday 17 March.

We invite you to book a place at our next Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Summit, being held on Wednesday 17 March from 9.30am to 11.00am.  During the two hour session specifically targeted at Strategic Leaders and Senior Managers, you will:

  • Learn about HSCP - updates on the HSCP Strategic Plan, Priorities and Key areas of work
  • Get involved in our Pledge to support children and families in Herefordshire 
  • Participate in a Workshop on ways to safeguard children and young people during the Pandemic

We are keen for as many organisations to be represented as possible, so please consider passing these details onto all Strategic Leaders and Senior Managers within your wider networks.

We look forward to seeing you there, so book your place today.

Information about vaccines: For people with a learning disability and autistic people

This is a short film on YouTube from NHS England and NHS Improvement developed for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people.

It describes what a vaccine is, how vaccines are made, why you should get a vaccine, whether a vaccine make you ill and how to decide whether to have a vaccine or not.

Direct Link:
Information about vaccines: For people with a learning disability and autistic people

Support to Young Parents in Herefordshire

A new exciting multiagency project, ‘First Steps’ to support vulnerable young parents, 21 years and under started in January 2021.

This project offers an enhanced package of support to all young parents from Midwifery, Health Visiting service and Children's Centre Services.  The project has also made links to housing and has a named Housing Solutions Officer for any of these young parents with housing issues. 

Direct Link:
First Steps Flyer 


One Space Remaining - One more Graded Care Profile 2 Trainer needed
As part of the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership objective to identify and tackle child neglect in Herefordshire, the Partnership provides Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) training for practitioners.

We are currently looking for one more volunteer to train to deliver the GCP2 courses.
The NSPCC is running a GCP2 Train the Trainer course on 3rd and 4th March to upskill practitioners to deliver GCP2 to the Herefordshire workforce and volunteers.
We are looking for one more practitioner to attend the free two day course and then commit to delivering three one day GCP2 training courses over a 12 month period. All the teaching resources are provided and the training is very comprehensive. You will deliver the training in pairs to a group of no more than 20 learners.
If you are interested please contact Adrian Turton, Partnership Officer by 12pm on Friday 19 February.
We will require the commitment to attend both days training in March and then a commitment to deliver at least three courses per year. We will also require a commitment from your line manager to release you to attend the training and deliver the subsequent courses over the year.
If you enjoy presenting / teaching, have a desire to develop your skills, and help Herefordshire tackle child abuse - please step forward and sign up to the GCP2 train the trainer course.

Do you have a good news story to share?

The past year has of course been difficult for everyone, including in the area of safeguarding, but we know that many professionals have adapted to the challenging times that we have all faced and come up with new and innovative ways of working.

We would love to showcase these to help inspire others, so if you have a successful new way of working, or just a general good news story about working in safeguarding in the last year that you would like us to include in a future bulletin then please get in touch with the team and let us know.

Pathway for non-mobile baby with bruising or a suspicious mark

This pathway describes the action that a practitioner should take if they become aware of a bruise or suspicious mark on a non-mobile baby.   A new animation film, developed by a multi-agency partnership group in Nottinghamshire led by Dr Becky Sands (Designated Doctor for Safeguarding), is now available to help promote the pathway.  The film provides advice to practitioners about seeking an explanation from the babies carers  and what action to take if no explanation is provided or an unlikely or inadequate explanation is given. 

Please take a look at the animation and share it with your colleagues 

Direct Link:
Babies that don't cruise rarely bruise

(Text and video courtesy of Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership)

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 

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