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Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

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The latest Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership annual report 2019-20 has been published.

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 three Safeguarding Partners meet quarterly to form the ‘Safeguarding Partners Board’ that has strategic oversight of child protection arrangements across the local authority area of Herefordshire and their role is to lead, coordinate, develop, challenge and monitor the delivery of effective child protection and safeguarding practice by all agencies across Herefordshire.

The broader Safeguarding Partnership consists of Relevant Agencies that cooperate with each other to safeguard children and promote their welfare. These agencies are engaged in the activity of the Partnership’s subgroups, review and audit activity, Summits and Practitioner Forums.

Values & Principles of the HSCP

The three Safeguarding Partners along with Relevant Agencies, (our wider partners), form Herefordshire’s Safeguarding Partnership. Together we are committed to delivering the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership vision through the Strategic Plan, according to an agreed set of values and principles.

Our values and principles have been developed in collaboration with partners, through a variety of engagement activities

HSCP Values

  • Child focussed
  • Transparency
  • Strong leadership
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Inclusivity
  • Collaboration
  • Shared Ownership

HSCP Principles 

  • We will focus on the difference our partnership makes to the lives of children & young people.
  • We will ensure that children are at the heart of our discussions and the actions we take.
  • We will ensure children and young people have a voice by creatively engaging with them and listening to their views.
  • We will share information and work together with openness, respect, trust and confidence.
  • We will take ownership and responsibility to progress our priorities.
  • We will challenge each other when this is needed and will welcome challenge in return, knowing this helps keep our system safe.
  • We will learn and be willing to develop, respond to evidence and share best practice with and amongst our regional partners.
  • We will work in an empowering, compassionate and honest manner with children, young people and their families and will help them to find their own solutions.
  • We will address the well-being needs of children and young people at the earliest opportunity and prevent the need for later child protection intervention whenever possible – providing the right help at the right time.
  • We will ensure we work with other Boards, Partnerships and Groups across Herefordshire, collaborating on shared challenges, learning and aligning our work.
  • We will involve and focus on reaching front line practitioners and support them in their work.

HSCB Strategic Priorities

Strategic Priority 1 -

Leadership:

Through the leadership of the three statutory Partners, promote a culture of collective responsibility, accountability and professional challenge built on guiding principles of respect and openness to forge an effective safeguarding children Partnership with strong governance, shared work practices and meaningful engagement with children and families.

Strategic Priority 2 -

Neglect:

We aim to recognise, prevent and reduce neglect to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Herefordshire.

Strategic Priority 3 -

Right Help, Right Time

We will seek to provide children and families with the right help and support at the right time through a coordinated multi-agency approach.

Strategic Priority 4 -

Child Exploitation

We aim to prevent and reduce child exploitation and improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Herefordshire.

Contact us

You can get in touch with Herefordshire Safeguarding Partners by writing to us at:

Herefordshire Safeguarding Partnership Team
Council Offices
Plough Lane
Hereford
HR4 0LE

Alternatively you can e-mail us on admin.sbu@herefordshire.gov.uk or call us on 01432 260100.

Herefordshire Safeguarding Partnership Team

Liz Murphy: Independent Chair of Herefordshire Safeguarding Partnership

Stephen Berry: Partnership Manager

Adrian Turton: Partnership Officer

Anne Bonney: Partnership Officer

Fran Lennon: Partnership Support Officer

Ed Hughes: Partnership Support Officer