Sharing best practice on child protection with Monserrat

Published: 22 Aug 2018

Hertfordshire County Council’s award-winning Family Safeguarding Team has been hand-picked by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to share their knowledge and expertise of child protection with visitors from Monserrat.


We were selected as one of only three councils in the UK to host the delegates from the Caribbean island recently. The visit was arranged by the FCO as part of its Child Safeguarding Unit Programme to support Overseas Territory governments.


Monserrat has recently set up its own Child Safeguarding Board and the visitors included its Chair Sarita Francis plus the island’s Director of Social Services Teresena Fergus.


Visitors learned about Hertfordshire’s successful Family Safeguarding Model which is successfully keeping more children at risk safely within their families. Our ground-breaking initiative has reduced the number of children on child protection plans by 50%. The model has been adopted by four other local authorities with more actively in preparation.


Cllr Teresa Heritage, Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Hertfordshire’s Family Safeguarding’s achievements, commitment and enlightened approach has already been recognised in the 2017 Guardian Public Service Awards. We are so pleased that this has also been noted by the FCO and our fresh thinking can be shared for the potential benefit of children and families in other parts of the world.” 


Caption: Left to right – Tendai Murowe Service Manager HCC, Sarita Francis Safeguarding Board Monserrat, with Christian Margetts FCO, Cecilia Illeyemi Service Manager HCC, Teresena Fergus Director of Children’s Services Montserrat and Sue Williams Director of Family Safeguarding Children's Services