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For children and young people

If you are a child or young person, this part of the website is for you.

What is Safeguarding?

You may have heard people talk about ‘child protection’. Child protection is when people are worried that a child may be being hurt by someone. A social worker’s job, with the help of other workers like the police, health visitors and teachers, is to stop children from being hurt. Safeguarding looks at what needs to happen to keep children and young people safe.

What is Abuse?

The Government has published a guide for young people to explain what abuse is and how to keep children safe.

Young Person’s Guide to Keeping Children Safe (PDF, 2MB)

If you are a child or young person affected by abuse or exploitation you can call Childline for advice and support 24 hours a day on 0800 1111.

How does the HSCP work to keep children safe?

The role of the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership is to make sure agencies are working together to safeguard children and young people and make them safe.

The partners want to ensure all agencies work hard to make sure that Herefordshire is a safe place for children and young people to grow up. To achieve this they direct a Quality & Effectiveness Group made up of professionals with different jobs including: police, doctors, social workers, and teachers, we call these our partners. The partners meet regularly to check, and if needed, change what we do to make sure the needs of Herefordshire’s children and young people are met in the best possible way.

The Government has published the guide below for young people to explain how adults and professionals are expected to work together to protect and safeguard children.

Young Persons Guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children (PDF, 2MB)

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

The Children’s Society have put ‘five ways to well-being for children’ on a set of postcards as a reminder of the things that children can do to support their own well-being. Click this link to download the postcards.