News and events
Here you can keep up to date with news and events from Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB), Herefordshire Community Safety Partnership (HCSP) and Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) as well as from local and national partner agencies.
Click on recently published news items below, or browse older news items by month on the right hand side of the page.
News in Community Safety Partnership
On behalf of the organisers and speakers, thank you to everyone who attended the White Ribbon Domestic Abuse Conference on November 26, 2021. This was another successful White Ribbon event, attended by over 180 individuals from Herefordshire and Worc… read more on article: "White Ribbon Domestic Abuse Conference 2021 - Directory of Services"
Willing ‘volunteers’ from West Mercia Women’s Aid, West Mercia Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre, the CCG, public health, police and probation services gave away hundreds of white ribbons to shoppers in Hereford High Town on Friday 29 November a… read more on article: "White Ribbon Stall in High Town a big success"
Click the link below to view a calendar of national, regional and local campaigns related to adult safeguarding. Campaign Calendar 2019-20
The theme of the February 2019 Practitioner Forum was Crime and Vulnerability 34 professionals attended the morning session at our Plough Lane offices, from 23 different organisations/departments across the public, private and third sector, and enjoy… read more on article: "February Practitioner Forum update"
The theme of the 28 November Practitioner Forum was Sexual Exploitation. Thirty six professionals attended from 10 different organisations/departments across the public, private and third sector, and enjoyed a range of informative presentations, whi… read more on article: "November Practitioner Forum update"
West Mercia Women’s Aid (WMWA) have received funding from the West Mercia PCC to launch a new initiative to tackle domestic violence and abuse. The Inspiring Families initiative is a 10 week programme working with couples that are in an abusive relat… read more on article: "West Mercia Women’s Aid Launch new Initiative to help Couples and Families "
The themes of the September Practitioner Forum were Parental mental health and Fabricated or Induced Illness. On the day, a record thirty six professionals from 13 different organisations and departments across the public, private and third sector at… read more on article: "September Practitioner Forum "
WISH is Herefordshire’s online service for wellbeing information and signposting to local services, groups, events and activities across the county to help residents stay independent, happy and healthy. The service is run by Herefordshire Council and… read more on article: "WISH Herefordshire"
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), focusing on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to t… read more on article: "Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May)"
The links below will take you to the relevant pages on the Herefordshire Council website. Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the Government's counter-ter… read more on article: "Preventing extremism - Prevent and Channel"
West Mercia Police have produced See past the obvious - a video aimed at helping officers become better at spotting the signs of vulnerable and at-risk people. Whilst this was produced for the Police, this may be useful for other professionals as wel… read more on article: "See past the obvious - spotting the signs of vulnerable and at-risk people"
WMWA offer a ‘no names’ domestic abuse consultation function for all partner agencies who wish to seek advice around an individual for whom they cannot share personal data. This consultation can be undertaken by contacting our Access to Services he… read more on article: "West Mercia Women's Aid 'no names' domestic abuse consultation service for professionals"
Colleagues from West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police have created this poster to raise awareness of CSE, Modern slavery and Trafficking. The poster is being displayed in all 19 motorway service stations in the region. If you would like the full… read more on article: "CSE, Modern slavery and Trafficking poster"
What is the ‘duty to notify’? From 1 November 2015, specified public authorities have a duty to notify the Home Office of any individual encountered in England and Wales who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking. It is es… read more on article: "Duty to notify the home office of potential victims of modern slavery"
The West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service is a region-wide service, launching on 1st October which provides expert care for children and young people who have disclosed sexual assault, or who may have been subject to sexual abuse. The servi… read more on article: "West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service launches on 1st October"
In 2014, 72 year old William Thompson tragically died of smoke inhalation, when his bedding caught alight from a discarded cigarette. Mr Thompson lived in supported housing and while smoke alarms were installed in his hall and kitchen, there weren’t… read more on article: "Professionals - can you spot any danger signs when visiting a resident’s home?"
The BBC reports that a charity has trained its counsellors to help parents who fear their children are being radicalised. The NSPCC said its existing support line could now advise parents worried about extremists grooming a child. It said counsellors… read more on article: "NSPCC launch new helpline service to prevent child radicalisation"
July 2016 sees the launch of Action Against Hate - the UK Government's plan for tackling hate crime. This is published amongst a back drop of a post referendum nationally reported increase in hate crime.
Herefordshire is judged to be at low risk from terrorism, but it is important not to be complacent. The basis of Prevent is simple: it is about keeping our communities safe from extremists. It does not carry a pre-conceived idea of who the extremists… read more on article: "Herefordshire Prevent - duties and guidance"
The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published the first ever annual statistical publication for female genital mutilation (FGM). Findings from data collected by healthcare providers in England include: 5,702 newly recorded cases of FGM … read more on article: "Female genital mutilation statistics"
A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form … read more on article: "Free online training - forced marriage awareness"
Female Genital Mutilation advice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse and violence against women and is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003. The act covers all procedures involving partial or total removal of the e… read more on article: "FGM update"
The educate against hate website gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.