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New Children's Safeguarding Arrangements

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

We are changing the branding of some of the content on our website to reflect the new safeguarding children arrangements in Herefordshire.

Until this work is complete you may see certain pages and documents that still refer to Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board or HSCB. We appreciate your understanding, and if you have any queries about site content please contact the Safeguarding Business Unit on 01432 260100/


We have now published the new arrangements that will replace our Herefordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board from 29 September 2019.  

This is a national requirement in implementing Working Together 2018.  Herefordshire Council, West Mercia Police and Herefordshire & Worcestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are absolutely committed to making sure the new arrangements enhance what we do and give a central role to early years settings, schools and colleges to inform practice improvements. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the current work of the Board, and in the future arrangements.  This work will strengthen our collective approach for safeguarding children and young people.  An overview of what’s taking place can be found on the following link:

Safeguarding Children and Young People in Herefordshire 2019-2020

HSCB are supporting National CSE Awareness Day

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

For further information please follow the link to our CE sub group page.


Ninety Five delegates attended the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board, Working Together to Challenge Neglect Conference held at the Shire Hall, Hereford, on Thursday 03 May 2018. Feedback from delegates about the day was very positive.

Sally Halls (Independent Chair) of the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board welcomed the delegates and half a dozen agencies that attended with information stands. Keynote speakers were; Phil Raws, from the Children’s Society, who spoke about adolescent neglect, Susannah Bowyer, from Research in Practice, who discussed the link between neglected children and child sexual exploitation/ abuse, and, following lunch, Ane Freed-Kernis presented her thought provoking session on Practice Lessons from Serious Case Reviews.

Three workshops were offered during the afternoon titled; ‘Engaging with Children and Families’, ‘Identification and Assessment of Neglect – Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) and its use in Herefordshire’, and a session by young people from the Council for Children presented “Neglect – Our Stories”.

The Conference was closed by the young people providing their advice to delegates. Sally Halls thanked the Council for Children for their powerful messages, and reinforced the need for Herefordshire to work together to tackle child neglect.

The speakers' presentations are available for you to access below:

Bill Joyce - Engagement and working with families and children

Bill Joyce - Workshop handouts :-

Phil Raws - Presentation HSCB Neglect conference

Phil Raws - Understanding adolescent neglect presentation - online resources

Susannah Bowyer - Neglect, Sexual Harm and Abuse - Powerpoint presentation

Ane Freed-Kernis - Presentation handout:-




*Update 21 Dec 2017 - the following DFE guidance was published on 14 December 2017.  Practitioners may wish to refer to the DFE national guidance if the abuse has occurred in the school or college setting. 

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

The Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children. This covers: what is meant by “sexual violence and harassment between children”; schools’ and colleges’ legal responsibilities; the importance of having a whole school or college approach; how to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment; safeguarding and supporting all children involved. The NSPCC has also published a CASPAR briefing summarising the key points from the document.

Source: DfE summary of Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges Date:14 December 2017

Further information: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges: advice for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads (PDF)

NSPCC CASPAR briefing: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

Spotlight on Child Neglect…….

The Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) Business Plan 2017/19 states that work is required to identify and deal with childhood neglect.

As a positive step forward the Board has purchased the NSPCC tool - Graded Care Profile 2.

About GCP2

GCP2 is an assessment tool that supports practitioners to make a judgement about whether or not parental care is neglectful. The tool helps practitioners to measure the quality of care given to a child, and make it easier for professionals to spot when sub-optimal parenting is putting a child at risk of harm.

Book your place on the Neglect & GCP2 Training via CPD Online

Neglect & Graded Care Profile 2 Information


The Silent Victim 2 Conference 

will be taking place on the 24 November 2017

The following topics will be covered:

  • White Ribbon Day
  • Herefordshire Domestic Homicide Reviews
  • DVA with additional vulnerabilities
  • Young Offenders and Domestic Violence
  • DVA Teenagers 16-18 years
  • Lucy SCR (Gloucester)

 More Information will follow shortly

NOW LIVE! -  NEW HSCB multi-agency policies and procedures manual

The new Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board multi-agency policies and procedures manual is now available on the new West Midlands Safeguarding Children Procedures website. Please click the link to access the website.

Update 07/12/16

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) has today published the Serious Case Review Overview Report on Family HJ which can be found on the following page:

Tackling CSE Conference 27th April 2016

HSCB held a multi agency conference on 27th April at the Hereford Academy, which over 100 frontline practitioners attended.  The key note speakers were Dr Peter Unwin, Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester, spoke about the perceptions of CSE in a Rural County , and Lorin LaFave (pictured below), mother of 14 year old  Surrey school boy, Breck Bednar, who was groomed and murdered by an online predator. Lorin gave a very powerful talk out about Breck's tragic death to raise awareness of the dangers online. Her speech was also filmed by a Channel 5 production company for a series of documentaries which was shown in June/July 2016 titled "Kids that Kill".

Delegates had the choice of  two workshops from the list below, to assist learning in order to keep the children we work with safe from sexual exploitation. 

  • Local Pathways and Tools – Children’s Social Care
  • Sexting/E-Safety -  West Mercia & Warwickshire Police
  • UK Child Trafficking -  Mike Hand, National Human Trafficking Expert
  • Understanding Consent – West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
  • Drugs and Alcohol Misuse and CSE–  Addaction

For further information on Child Sexual Exploitation, please visit  our CSE page.

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