Some examples of partnership projects that the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board has been involved with.
Our aim is for all families living in Hertfordshire to thrive.
The Thriving Families programme has been established to provide coordinated support to the most vulnerable families with a range of needs across the continuum.
The programme incorporates the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Troubled Families agenda and is being led by Hertfordshire County Council's Children's Services.
Project Protector was developed because of a real need for the police and social care to work together to protect vulnerable children from harm. It allows these partners to share information and avoid duplication of services.
A pilot project was started in February 2011 in North Herts and was successful in safeguarding the futures of a number of children.
Thanks to the success of the North Herts pilot, the project is now being rolled out across the rest of the county.
Through the partnership, police officers will visit families who have been difficult to access with social workers from Hertfordshire County Council.
Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board and Hertfordshire Probation Trust have joined forces with Hertfordshire Constabulary in Operation HALO to identify cases of child sexual exploitation in Hertfordshire and prosecute offenders.
We are raising awareness, offering support and advice to victims and taking forward more complex investigations.
Young Person's Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is attached to the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).
The service works with 13 – 17 year olds that have been a victim of any kind of sexual abuse, whether or not they have reported the matter to the police.
The Sexual Violence Advisor will give the young person information and advice so they can make the best decisions for them on how to move forward. The Sexual Violence Advisor will support them along this journey.
Examples of the type of work involved include:
- attending a sexual health clinic
- working to help them feel safer
- helping them to understand why they feel how they do
- giving them knowledge on the police and court process if they do report to police
- helping the young person to identify when they need support from other professionals such as mental health / counselling and helping them to work with those agencies.
Young people can get in contact with the service for support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01442 270679.
Professionals can refer someone – email email@example.com for a referral form, or call 01442 270679.
Young Person's Sexual Violence Advisor Dani Reece can also be contacted directly with any queries on 07525 253961.