News and events
Here you can keep up to date with news and events from Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board and 'Safeguarding Children & Young People in Herefordshire' 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 Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board
With effect from 31 January 2020, all secure GCSX Herefordshire Council email addresses will not work. If you need to send a secure safeguarding related email please consider using the following addresses: To discuss or report a safeguarding concern … read more on article: "New secure email addresses from 31 January 2020"
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 Safeguarding Boards Practitioner Forum in June 2019 will take the form of a professional development session on the subject of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) presented by Dr Carlie Goldsmith, of St Mary’s U… read more on article: "Professional development session on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Trauma Informed Practice (TIP)"
Herefordshire Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards are committed to linking with front line practice to share learning and information about safeguarding. We have set up a Safeguarding mailing list, and we use it to send out a range of information… read more on article: "Join our Safeguarding mailing list"
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"
This is a reminder of who to contact if you have a safeguarding concern. If it's regarding an adult, it's Herefordshire Council's Adult Referral Team (ART). Their telephone number is 01432 260715, or 0330 123 9309 out of hours and weekends. If it's s… read more on article: "Who to contact if you have a safeguarding concern about an individual."
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 "
We have updated our information sharing section, which can be found in the footer on every page of this website, as well as by clicking the link: https://herefordshiresafeguardingboards.org.uk/information-sharing/ Guidance for information sharing is … read more on article: "Information sharing page updated with new protocols"
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"
Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards have produced a new guidance document to help organisations in Herefordshire produce a safeguarding policy. The document can be found on the following link: Guidance for agencies developing a safeguarding policy
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)"
National Autism Week 26 Mar – 2 Apr Mental Health Awareness week 14 – 18 May International Museums day 18-May Dementia Awareness week 21 – 25 May Volunteers week 1-7 June National Democracy Week 2 -6 July
2018 Thurs 26 April (PM) Theme – Working with individuals with disabilities. Tues 26 June (PM) Theme - Impact of early exposure to mental health and fictitious illness. Thurs 20 Sept (PM) Theme - Sexual Exploitation (adults and children’s). Weds 28 N… read more on article: "Future joint practitioner forum dates for your diary:"
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"
Did you know that there are regular joint multi-agency practitioner forum events which provide practitioners with regular updates from Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board and Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board and provide the opportunity t… read more on article: "Practitioner Forum - "Working with individuals with disabilities" "
Herefordshire Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards are committed to linking with front line practice to share learning and information about safeguarding. We are setting up a new Safeguarding mailing list, and we will be sending out a range of inf… read more on article: "Sign up for our Safeguarding mailing list"
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"
Violence against women and girls insight pack The Home Office has updated its Violence against women and girls (VAWG) communications insight pack, which gives information about issues related to VAWG. Topics covered include: domestic violence and sex… read more on article: "Violence against women and girls "
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"
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 term ‘Next of Kin’ is often used in Health and Social Care as a euphemistic shorthand for ‘Who is the person we communicate with about you and who do we contact when you are dead?’ In law the term has no status when you are alive - it is misleadi… read more on article: "Next of Kin: Understanding decision making authorities"
Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire (WISH). You can use this website to search for information and services for both children and adults.