Information Resources for Herefordshire


Welcome to the second 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.

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Child exploitation – Dedicated email address for soft intelligence
In Herefordshire a multi-agency Child Exploitation group led by West Mercia Police called the Prevent & Disrupt Group meet regularly to discuss intelligence that has been received about individuals, addresses and other areas of concern related to possible local child exploitation. Child exploitation is when an abuser takes advantage of a young person for their own personal gain. This can take many forms, including sexual exploitation or forcing the child to commit crime, such as selling drugs.
The Prevent & Disrupt Group have a dedicated email address where any soft intelligence about possible local child exploitation can be sent, which is: 

Please make sure that any sensitive information is sent from a secure email address, and remember DO NOT use this email address to report a crime or report a safeguarding issue.
Pharmacies launch codeword scheme to offer ‘lifeline’ to domestic abuse victims

Recently the Home Office launched a domestic abuse codeword scheme in thousands of pharmacies across the UK. The Ask for ANI codeword scheme allows those at risk or suffering from domestic abuse to discreetly signal to pharmacy staff that they need help accessing support. A trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can understand if the victim needs to speak to the police or would like help to access support services, such as a national or local domestic abuse helpline. 

Your support to share information on how victims of domestic abuse can access support through the codeword scheme would be much appreciated.

For those of you that want any comms to support regional local shout outs we have access to the Home Office resource page which has digital posters/social media posts that can be shared:  

For more information, please visit or email

An example of promotional material is shown below:

“GCP2 needs you!” - Graded Care Profile 2 Trainers 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 volunteers 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 practitioners 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.
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.

Who is involved in this event?

The Preparing for Adulthood team is working with partners from NWG Exploitation Response Group, Sandwell Council and The Ann Craft Trust at the University of Nottingham to bring this event to the West Midlands.

What is it going to be about?
We plan to cover a wide range of topics including:

  • The lessons from research and serious case reviews relating to the risk of exploitation among children and young people who have SEND/learning disabilities
  • Some key messages about exploitation and safeguarding during adolescence and early adulthood- how young people are viewed & labelled
  • The importance of our roles as parents and carers and professionals in responding to the needs of young people as they grow up; holistic whole life practice
  • The fine balance between keeping young people safe and allowing positive risk -taking including helping young people to protect themselves from an early age, protective actions and what we can do to promote inclusion
  • Understanding consent
  • The importance of partnership working across children’s and adult services and the challenges/possibilities within the system

We hope that this will be the start of a helpful dialogue to inform practice

Who is this for? 
The event is open to professionals across education, health and care both children’s and adult services, parent carers and anyone who is supporting young people into adulthood

How much does it cost? 
The event is free thanks to Department for Education funding for the Preparing for Adulthood programme.

How do I register?
Please fill out the form that you can find here: Registration link


A reminder about the new Right Help Right Time Levels of Need guidance

Many of you joined our virtual launch event to introduce the new Right Help Right Time guidance on 2nd December. We recorded the event and the video is available to view on our YouTube channel until the end of March, so if you couldn't make it, or just want a reminder of the information, take a look.

We have also produced a short video to raise awareness of the new RHRT guidance.  Watch Herefordshire safeguarding professionals introduce the new Right Help Right Time Levels of Need guidance on YouTube.

Updates from Herefordshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership 
The latest Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership annual report 2019-20 has been published.

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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