Information Resources for Herefordshire


Welcome to the fourteenth Information Bulletin from Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships of 2021. We will continue to publish regular updates with safeguarding related information for professionals in Herefordshire, as well as Covid19 information.

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Coming soon: Virtual Practitioner Forum in September – watch this space for more details
The next event in our popular series of Practitioner Forums will take place in September. This event will focus on learning from recent Safeguarding Children Practice Reviews, Safeguarding Adults Reviews, and Domestic Homicide Reviews, both in Herefordshire and nationally.

The forum is an opportunity for practitioners from a wide range of partner organisations to come together, understand and reflect on the findings of these reviews, and take action to improve the lives of children, adults and families in Herefordshire. More information coming soon!
New neighborhood website from West Mercia Police 

West Mercia Police has recently invested in a new “Neighbourhood Matters” website to replace the old Community Messaging Service, which was discontinued last year.

It allows users to access lots of useful information including:
· Information from their Safer Neighbourhood Team
· Crime alerts
· Details of ongoing incidents
· Witness appeals for the area you live in
· Information about drop in sessions and events
· Surveys and the opportunity to provide feedback

Visit to sign up today
Let’s keep young people safe from exploitation.

CLIMB is here to prevent young people from being drawn into criminal exploitation and other forms of criminal activity.
We work across West Mercia supporting 10 to 17 year olds at risk of exploitation.
We provide one to one support sessions and diversionary activities to divert young people from exploitation and criminal activity.

If you would like more information or would like to refer a young person to Climb, please visit or email

West Mercia Men's Domestic Abuse Helpline

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need information, advice or support call 0800 014 9082 or visit

The Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership’s Executive Support Group is looking for new members.
The Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) is a statutory body established under the new arrangements of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. The HSCP is led by three Safeguarding Partners: Herefordshire Council’s Children’s Services; NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and West Mercia Police.
The partners conducted a review of the safeguarding arrangements that they put in place in September 2019. The review was informed by feedback from a range of partner agencies and reported in October 2020.
One of the important messages arising from the review was the need for statutory partners to improve their communication and engagement with wider partners (referred to as relevant partners in Working Together 2018). Statutory partners recognise that this will need to be achieved in a number of ways including a planned programme of practitioner forums and summits with clarity regarding the target audience for these events. (Further information will follow on forthcoming events) and an informative and accessible website.
In response to the review findings, a sub group known as the Executive Support Group, has been established. Its purpose is to improve the governance and co-ordination of work to deliver HSCP statutory functions and strategic priorities. This group has begun to meet and as a result, HSCP has recently published its strategic and business plans.  
Strategic Plan 2021-2024
Business Plan 2021-2023
From September onwards, statutory partners want to widen the membership of this group to include relevant partners as a way of strengthening wider engagement and communication and also to enable relevant partners to contribute their expertise and ideas. A discussion will take place in August as to which relevant agencies can best support the work of the group and in the meantime, if you wish to express your interest in becoming a member of the Executive Support Group, please email
Discussions have also taken place with colleagues in the early years and education sectors about how existing forums and relationships can be used to further develop engagement with these sectors.

Free Signs of Safety Training for professionals who work with children

Herefordshire Council are running virtual Signs of Safety courses for multi-agency professionals, to improve how we all work with children and young people as partners. 
This is an essential course for professionals who work with children and young people in Herefordshire.  It aims to provide the background on the Signs of Safety approach in children’s social care and enables candidates to think through how they can use the Signs of Safety/Wellbeing/Success model in their every-day work, or when they are working alongside children’s social care.  Herefordshire Council is adopting Signs of Safety as its core practice model for children’s social care.
Signs of Safety is a relationship-grounded, safety-organised approach to child protection practice, created by researching what works for professionals and families in building meaningful safety for vulnerable and at-risk children.

This training will explain Signs of Safety as a practice framework and introduce professionals to the tools, language and approach when working with children and families across the spectrum of Early Help to care experienced young people.
The course is open to all multi-agency professionals in HerefordshireAll courses are virtual via Microsoft Teams and delegates must attend both days.
The course dates and times are as follows:
5 & 6 August, 9.15am – 4.30pm FULLY BOOKED
6 & 7 September, 9.15am – 4.30pm
12 & 13 October, 9.15am – 4.30pm Only 1 place available
18 October & 1 November, 9.15am – 4.30pm
19 October & 2 November, 9.15am – 4.30pm
26 & 27 October, 9.15am – 4.30pm
For more information about Signs of Safety in Herefordshire, contact

Visit to book your place. Remember that any log in details for the old CPD Online system will not work on the new site so a new account must be created.
For more information about Signs of Safety in Herefordshire, contact

Herefordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Courses for August 
All courses are open to practitioners and volunteers based in Herefordshire who work and support children, and support adults with care and support needs

Right Help Right Time
Thursday 19 August 2021 (1:00pm - 3:30pm)
This course is for those who work and volunteer with children and families at all levels working in statutory, public, voluntary and independent sectors in Herefordshire.
Right Help Right Time is a framework for providing effective support for children, young people and families – making a difference. This training session is intended to enable practitioners:
  • To make decisions about how best to respond to the needs of children, young people and families;
  • To give families access to the right help at the right time;
  • To provide children and families with access to the most appropriate services for their needs
Exploitation & Vulnerability
Wednesday 25 August 2021 (10:00 - 12:00)
This is a 2 hour virtual course. Joining instructions will be sent out to you approx.7 days before the course date. There is no cost for attending this course. 
Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults is everybody’s responsibility. This course aims to raise awareness of:
  • Vulnerability
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) / Gangs
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)/consent
  • Criminal Exploitation (CE)
  • Victim blaming language
  • National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
  • Pathways / Diversionary Tactics / Sharing of Intelligence 
Early Help Assessment Support & Guidance
Wednesday 25 August 2021 (9.30am - 12.30pm)
A chance for practitioners to receive support to write an early help assessment via the Portal. Q&A's and practical support will be delivered via the Microsoft Teams session. The session will be in 2 parts: Part 1: Background info and practical know-how, 1 hour 'off-line' activity, Part 2: feedback from the activity. Participants will receive the calendar invite with a link to the Teams meeting and will also be sent course material 1-2 days prior to the training.
Audience:  Senior Managers/safeguarding leads, Safeguarding prevent leads, people that work with children and vulnerable adults, health workers, teachers and head teachers, frontline practitioners and educational settings, early years safeguarding lead, children’s multi-agency workforce.

Book now via links above or go straight to our new website to see the full range of training available. Remember that any log in details for the old CPD Online system will not work on the new site so a new account must be created.
Send us an email on our new dedicated training email address if you have any questions

Signs of Safety Partner Survey
We have launched a survey to hear from our partners about your experience of the Signs of Safety model so far, to inform next steps. Your feedback is very important to us in order to provide a view of how the changes are being experienced, and to address any worries that you may have. Your responses will be anonymous. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, although you may choose to spend longer responding to the three open-ended questions. The survey will be available until 5pm on Friday 30 July.
To complete the survey, please use the link below:

If you have any queries about the survey, contact


COVID-19 vaccinations for Herefordshire residents

For the latest information and updates about Covid-19 vaccinations in Herefordshire visit the Herefordshire Council website

The most up to date NHS information can be found on the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine web page.


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




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