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Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board meet throughout the year, bringing together representatives from various agencies and organisations in Herefordshire to work in partnership to protect children and young people in Herefordshire. By sharing best practice and expertise we can ensure that children, young people and their families have access to the right support and services they need.

You can find out specific information about the Board and Sub Groups by clicking on the links on the right hand side of the page.

Click on the links below to jump to each section.

HSCB's sub group structure and governance

Making children safer

Assessing last year's work and planning future work

The vision of HSCB

HSCB's member agencies and organisations

Lay members

Contact us

HSCB's sub group structure and governance

The work of the Board and its governance structures are detailed within the Board's Constitution which can be downloaded here.  Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board has a number of sub groups to carry out its functions and progress its business objectives.  Click here to download a Board structure and governance chart.

The groups carry out work as directed by the Board and the Board receive regular reports of the progress being made in each group. More detail about the work of each group is available through our Business Plan, 2014-15 Annual Report and 2015-16 Annual Report.

Making children safer

Member organisations of Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board work together to ensure that safeguarding activity across all agencies who work with children in Herefordshire is constantly improving, reducing risks to the county's children.

Local Safeguarding Children Boards are governed by the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.  In order to understand the needs of Herefordshire in the way undertake our responsibilities the Board uses Understanding Herefordshire, while inputting into its development as a needs assessment as appropriate.

Assessing last year's work and planning future work

In order to understand our progress as a Board we assess our performance and the state of safeguarding in Herefordshire during the previous year in our Annual Report and use this knowledge in our Business Planning for the current year.  You can download the current Business Plan and Annual Report using these links.

The vision of HSCB

The Vision of HSCB is that children and young people in Herefordshire grow up in an environment in which their well-being needs are met and they are safe from harm.

Our Mission is to work together effectively, as organisations and with children and families, to ensure that local services and arrangements are effective in promoting the well-being of children and young people in Herefordshire and keeping them safe from harm.

Our Values as we work together are:

  • The impact on the well-being and safety of children and young people in Herefordshire will be at the centre of all HSCB activity.
  • We will learn and be willing to develop, responding to evidence and best practice.
  • We will work in an open and honest manner with children, young people, their families and with each other.
  • 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.
  • We will challenge each other and be ready to receive challenge as we work together in a spirit of mutual respect.

HSCB's member agencies and organisations

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board includes members from a wide range of key partner agencies and organisations.  Details of which organisations are represented and at which level are available by downloading the HSCB Board and membership document.

If you would like to speak to any of Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board's members with regard to a safeguarding issue, please contact the Business Unit who will make arrangements as appropriate.

An expectation of our partners is that they adhere to their own Statement of Expectations which, in acknowledging the Board's vision, mission and values, sets out a developed vision for the future of safeguarding children and young people through their organisations.  These form part of the HSCB Partner Organisations' Commitments to Safeguarding document which supports accountability and the ability of organisations to challenge effectively each other's work.

Lay Members

As well as representatives from organisations working with children, the membership of Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board includes lay members.   Lay members are full members of Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board, which values the vital role its lay members have in:

  • providing the voice of the community to help shape how work is done;
  • holding senior people from our member organisations to account;
  • supporting stronger public engagement in local child safety issues and an improved public understanding of our child protection work.

We understand that lay members may not feel able to do fulfill this role immediately and therefore HSCB provides relevant safeguarding training and specific support from a Board member ‘mentor’.  They also have regular meetings with the Board’s business unit and other lay members and are entitled to claim expenses for any reasonable costs incurred while undertaking the role.

Contact us

You can get in touch with Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board Independent Chair by writing to us at:

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Council Offices
Plough Lane
Hereford
HR4 0LE

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

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board Team

Sally Halls: Independent Chair of Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB)

Steve Eccleston: Business Unit Manager for HSCB and HSAB

Lisa Beavan: HSCB Lead Learning and Development Officer

Belinda Lewis: Business Support Co-ordinator for HSCB and HSAB

Fran Lennon: Business Support Co-ordinator for HSCB and HSAB

Ed Hughes: Business Support Co-ordinator for HSCB and HSAB