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Dear partners and colleagues,

Welcome to the final Families First News for 2021 and what a challenging and busy year it has been. Before we jump into the newsletter we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and happy new year.

In this edition, we are pleased to have a busy Learning and Development section with some good free training opportunities for partners including Brook Traffic Light Tool training dates and Suicide intervention training opportunities.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Families First News and please encourage your teams to sign up to receive their own copy!

As always, please do let us have your comments and suggestions for what you would like included in future editions by emailing familiesfirst.support@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Happy reading!

Kind regards 
The Development Team

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The latest news

Hertfordshire children set to have a HAPpy winter!

Hertfordshire Country Council is delivering the DfE Holiday Activity and Food Programme running over the Winter which is named Happy and once again schools have been emailing out to eligible families (families in receipt of benefits related to Free School Meals), including their unique code and booking link.

We have coordinated a huge number of free places across the whole county which will provide enriching activities, physical activities, and a healthy meal. All children and young people between 5-16 eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals (FSM) will be able to access this for free and families will have been sent a booking code and link by their schools.

We have recently agreed with the DfE to deliver 15% of places towards vulnerable families who may not meet the FSM criteria and I wanted to send you some information your teams may find useful. We have a specific code to be used with vulnerable families, so we are able to report on numbers to the DfE.

If you or your team works closely with vulnerable children/families and can help with promotion of the programme, please email us: Happy@hertfordshire.gov.uk

We want to make sure every child who is eligible is provided with the opportunity to attend.




Fit, Fed & Read this winter school holiday

Fit , Fed & Read is also running during this winter's school holiday ! We will be running camps between the 20th December to the 30th (dates vary per site) . Fit, Fed & Read is a fun packed day of sport, movement, arts and crafts, and mindfulness activities. Every child also receives a tasty two course, cooked meal each day of camp! For winter, children will have the opportunity to create seasonal cards, go nuts with glue and glitter, decorate biscuits and design their own tie dye socks! Each camp location will also be visited by extra activities (location specific).

Bookings opened on the 6th December through Playwaze, and eligible families would have been sent a unique HAPpy Booking Code from their school and can book via https://sportinherts.org.uk/happy/booking/

Young People's Survey 2021

The HCC Services for Young People (SfYP), Young People's Survey 2021 is now available for young people to share their views.  The survey is an opportunity for young people aged 11-17, and up to the age of 25 for those with special educational needs to have their voices heard and follows on from our previous countywide survey conducted in 2019. 

Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families County Councillor Teresa Heritage said:

“We know that young people have been heavily impacted by the Covid19 pandemic. We want to hear from young people themselves about their concerns so that we are able to support them in future. Hearing young people’s views will help us to plan for the year ahead.”

Young people have been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and this survey will help determine if the concerns and priorities for young people have changed since the start of 2019; and further inform and develop our own service priorities as well as the priorities developed with our partners through the Youth Strategy Partnership Group.

Both surveys are open until the 17th December 2021 and can be accessed through the links below:

Posters can be downloaded here:-

Healthier Together - chance for YP to be part of a focus group

The Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS Children's and Young People's transformation programme is developing a strategy to improve services in health and social care in our area and we want to hear from young people and parents/carers in our area. 

We want to know what concerns young people and families, hear about their experiences and find out what makes a difference to the health of children and young people locally. We will be hosting focus groups in the early part of 2022 and would like to enlist your help in spreading the word. 

To sign up to be a part of one of our focus groups please complete this form We need your help! :: Hertfordshire and West Essex Healthier Together (hwehealthiertogether.nhs.uk)

The free Hertfordshire ’50 Things To Do Before You’re Five’ app

An exciting new initiative that supports children’s learning at home and in their Early Years setting.

 50 Things To Do Before You’re Five is a menu of activities for early years settings and families with young children, contained within a FREE app, giving great suggestions for how to have fun and learn at the same time.

Inspired by parents and carers, each activity has been developed by Early Years experts and language specialists to create a fabulous resource for families and a range of early years settings to use.

Launched to schools, education partners and PVI settings at an online event on Wednesday 13th October 2021 hosted by Herts for Learning and featuring Andrea Layzell, the creator of ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re Five’. Emma Wild, Project lead and Early Years Advisor at Herts for Learning, was delighted at the feedback from the event, saying:

 “It was brilliant to see so much interest from schools and settings throughout Hertfordshire at the launch event. We’ve had a surge in app downloads and are really excited to get children experiencing new things around the county.”

The “50 Things” app is free to download by visiting hertfordshire.50thingstodo.org or through the AppStore or GooglePlay store, and then select “Hertfordshire” from the list of regions/cities.

Once downloaded, the app offers a list of 50 FREE, or low-cost activities (under £20 for a family of four) that early years settings, schools and parents can experience with their child/children in or around Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire County Council commissioned the Herts for Learning Early Years team to ensure all activities within the app include links to local services and places to visit, such as the many parks, woodlands, and waterways in Hertfordshire as well as the libraries, museums, and historical sites. The activities have been designed to support families and focus on developing important early language skills. This no-cost resource can be used to complement the EYFS curriculum and home learning.

“We think this app is fantastic. The suggested activities are incredibly rich and varied, and by engaging our parents in exploring the activities it will have a real impact on our pupils and their readiness to learn. The activities are very inclusive and will particularly benefit our disadvantaged and SEND pupils.

We have communicated information about the app to our parents (right up to Year 2 as we can see how older children could benefit too!) but also look forward to using some of the ideas in our setting as well. We have already received feedback from 'wow moments' over half term where parents have used the app as a basis for family fun.” Rebecca Wild, Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Leader, Ashwell Primary School.

The app also offers the ability to build a digital memory bank of a child's special moments. Ideas include indoor, outdoor, seasonal, home-based, and out-and-about activities, that are not only fun but will get young children off to a flying start with their learning and language development which will support their transition into school.

Development of children’s language is critical to closing attainment gaps and maximising opportunities for children to learn and thrive. Across Hertfordshire, schools and settings are working hard to close gaps and reduce inequalities, more so now than ever. This app will provide another tool for them to use when helping support parents with learning at home to continue the work they’re doing with their children in school.” Mireille MacRaild, Education Services Director – Early years, Herts for Learning.

For further information or images, please contact Emma Wild by emailing Emma.Wild@hertsforlearning.co.uk or visit hertfordshire.50thingstodo.org


Parenting Together Programme continues to offer support

Whilst many people are looking forward to the holiday period, we are also aware that many families in conflict find this time of year particularly difficult.  

The Parenting Together Programme continues to support parents who are finding their stresses and issues are impacting their relationship and their children.

Since we launched in 2019 over 400 Frontline Practitioners have referred to the Programme where currently 709 parents have gone on to complete an intervention to support their families.

We accept parents who are separated or together, as well as individual referrals if the partner/ ex-partner is reluctant to be involved. Our main exemptions are those in current or very recent domestic abuse situations or in a current court case.

Feel free to have a look through our website, which includes information on the interventions offered and our online referral forms:

The Parenting Together Team can be reached by email parentingtogether@hertfordshire.gov.uk or by phone on 01992 555172

Grants and Funding

Our Development team pull together a list of grants from National and Local grant providers. This will hopefully prove a useful resource for the whole partnership whilst working with families. This list relies on all our services' knowledge and awareness of grants and funding opportunities and is by no means conclusive.

Please visit the providers websites for up-to-date information and criteria.

You can visit the Grants page on our Families First Portal and it has recently been updated with the following two funding opportunities:-

  • Government’s £4 million Suicide Prevention Grant Fund, specifically set up to support the suicide prevention voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. Further information on the fund can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-fund-2021-to-2022. Closes on Thursday 6th January 2022

  • Your Best Friend Fund Opens for Projects Addressing Toxic Relationships in Young People : Funding for not-for-profit groups across England and Wales supporting young people to better understand the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships. The first deadline for large grants is 18 February 2022 while applications for small grants can be submitted anytime.

As this list relies on all our partners knowledge and awareness of grants and funding opportunities, please email us familiesfirst.support@hertfordshire.gov.uk should you wish to add a provider or remove/update any of the listings below.

Learning & development

Brook Traffic Light Tool Training

Brook’s nationally recognised Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool and training provides a highly visible, multi-agency response that helps professionals to identify, understand and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours in young people.


The training and accompanying Tool equip professionals to make consistent and informed decisions that neither stigmatise nor criminalise young people. Participants will learn about healthy sexual development, understand key laws relating to sexual behaviour and gain knowledge on enabling robust and meaningful conversations around harmful sexual behaviours that cause concern. 


The HSCP have purchased 200 licences, with the training being delivered by two partner agencies. Therefore, we will be limiting the number of licences allocated to partners.  Ideally, the delegates should be Safeguarding Leads within individual agencies who can support their colleagues/team when there is a need to use the Brook Traffic Light Tool. Once trained, delegates will receive a licence to access the Brook Traffic Light Tool, which they can use to support their colleagues/teams in identifying harmful sexual behaviours.


As we are limiting the number of licences per agency, can Agency Leads please identify who in their agency they would like to put forward via email -hscpcourses@hertfordshire.gov.uk – giving their preferred date of training and a backup date. We will let the successful delegates know and will also keep a waiting list for any places that agencies do not require.  

The dates/times for the training are below – each training sessions is 3.5hrs.

10 Jan 2022

1pm to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Claire Cooper

19 Jan 2022

9am to 12:30pm

Facilitator: Orla Burke

8 Feb 2022

9am to 12:30pm

Facilitator: Claire Cooper

24 Feb 2022

9am to 12:30pm

Facilitator: Orla Burke

10 Mar 2022

1pm to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Claire Cooper

28 Mar 2022

9am to 12:30pm

Facilitator: Orla Burke

25 Apr 2022

1pm to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Claire Cooper

26 Apr 2022

9am to 12:30pm

Facilitator: Orla Burke

4 May 2022

9am to 12:30pm

Facilitator: Orla Burke

13 May 2022

1pm to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Claire Cooper


Suicide Intervention training - January 2022

The January 2022 Suicide Intervention training dates are now live on Eventbrite. For frontline staff, professionals and volunteers in Hertfordshire.

Target Audience: individuals who may have challenges of supporting individuals who present with suicidal ideation in their services. This may be Hertfordshire Police, citizens advice, job centre plus, third sector organisations, adult social care staff, NHS frontline workers and Public health commissioned services, Faith groups and British transport police.


Forthcoming Step 2 Skills Courses

The below forthcoming courses may be of interest to Hertfordshire parents. Please pass on where appropriate.


    New courses announced at Maxwell Park Community Centre, Borehamwood – Step2Skills is pleased to add two employability courses to our January timetable, to be run from our hub in Borehamwood;

                      Introduction to Customer Services – 5 week course, starting on Thursday 13th January at 10am - £15

                      Introduction to Health & Social Care – 5-week course, starting on Thursday 13th January at 1pm - £15

    Both offer an insight into careers in these industries, giving learners tips, advice and knowledge around these job types. £15 fee may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Please phone to discuss on 01992 556194.

    To book your space, please visit our website at www.step2skills.org.uk.


    Hybrid teaching format being trialled at Step2Skills – Learn from home or face-to-face!

    Step2Skills is delighted to be offering a new, HYBRID teaching format this January on an Essential Digital Skills Qualification course (EDSQ), allowing learners to choose whether to study from home or at the venue!

    The first course being delivered in this hybrid format is our FREE Essential Digital Skills Qualification (EDSQ) which is a new standard of qualification developed by The Department for Education (DfE) to enable all adults to develop their ICT knowledge and skills to use in their personal lives, or to support them in their careers.

    Learners can join the face-to-face classes at the Bedwell Community Centre in Stevenage or can join online, in real-time via their computer at home. The course starts on Monday 17th January and continues for 18 weeks with one 3-hour lesson weekly.

    To book your space, please visit our website at www.step2skills.org.uk.


    Spend quality time with your child with Family Learning opportunities at Step2Skills

    Step2Skills is offering several opportunities this January, to both spend quality time with your child while learning and also to learn as an adult about various aspects of supporting your family.

                      Family Coding: An online, 5-week course from 4pm to 6pm, starting Wednesday 12th January. Computer coding now forms part of the school curriculum so if you’d like to get involved and understand more about what your 8 to 11 year old is learning, this after-school course for parents and their child is perfect.

                      Family Mindfulness: A face-to-face, 5-week course in Stevenage from 1pm to 3pm, starting Wednesday 12th January (£15). Either come alone or bring pre-school aged children along with you to learn more about mindfulness and how you can incorporate techniques into the everyday to make life more manageable and focused.

                    Family Health: An online, 5-week course from 10am to 12pm, starting Thursday 13th January (£15). We're in the season of norovirus, flu, colds and more and you may well be constantly clutching a tissue or reaching for a vitamin tablet! If you'd like to enter 2022 with the aim to improve your family's eating habits, exercise regime or general wellbeing, our Family Health course may be just what you're after.

                      Family Fortunes: A FREE, online, 5-week course from 1pm to 3pm, starting Thursday 13th January. New year, new start and if finances get you down, join this free course to learn money-saving tips, budgeting techniques and adjust your lifestyle to fit your financial means.


    All these courses are available to book at www.step2skills.org.uk

HSCP Learning & Development Programme

We use this regular page to give you some quick links through to the HSCP learning programmes:-

You can view the latest HSCP/HSAB Autumn 2021 Newsletter is now available on here – Newsletter Autumn 2021

Following the virtual launch of the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership’s Neglect Strategy and Joint Campaign with the NSPCC, please see below a link to the Neglect Hub on the HSCP website. The resources available are as follows:

  • Neglect Strategy 2021-24
  • Practice Guidance
  • Neglect Strategy Toolkit
  • Link to the Graded Care Profile tool
  • The presentations from the launch by Dez Holmes, NSPCC and Operations Director, Matt Ansell
  • Posters

Neglect Hub Edge Browser

Neglect Hub Explore Browser

Year of Learning

Information for professionals and volunteers | Hertfordshire County Council

Nov 2021 - Management of Suspicious Bruises/Marks in Infants Under 6 Months Policy

Nov 2021 - Neglect

Sept 2021 - Child Sexual Abuse

June 2021 : Harmful Sexual Behaviours 7 minute briefing

May 2021: Female Genital Mutilation 7 minute briefing

Spot the Signs & Emotional Wellbeing - training for professionals

Spot the Signs & Emotional Wellbeing is a fully-funded programme offering training and workshops to children and young people (CYP), CYP’s parents/carers and professionals working with CYP.

The programme provides psychoeducation, emotional resilience and signposting support to empower young people and the adults around them to feel confident enough to manage their mental and emotional health.

All sessions can be delivered in-person or online upon your request.

You can find more information about the training available.

Workforce development

The vision for Families First training and development is to create a skilled, confident and resilient multi-agency workforce that supports whole family working.

To support this, we have brought together training courses that are available to practitioners across Hertfordshire. We aim to add new resources to this page when available and we have recently added some resources on Trauma Informed practice. 

Please take a look at the page, bookmark and share with teams, where appropriate.

Workforce development (hertfordshire.gov.uk)

Difference we're making

Families First - Performance Data Report

You may be interested to view our Families First Performance Data report for the period October 2020 - September 2021.

The report looks at Families First Assessments that took place within the period and highlights the presenting needs and outcomes broken down by district along with information about other support for families.


Local area news

East Herts, Broxbourne & Welwyn

Update from Broxbourne, East Herts & Welwyn Hatfield early help services:-

Services for Young People 

You can view the details of the Services for Young People projects, services and opportunities for young people, which will commence in January 2022 by downloading these leaflets:-

SfYP - Broxbourne 

SfYP - East Herts

SfYP - Welwyn Hatfield

Full services can be viewed at- Services for Young People

A further project they will be delivering this term is the project for Young Parents and Young Parents to be.  Projects will be taking place across Hertfordshire.  In our area this will be delivered each Thursday 2-4pm, at our Waltham Cross Young People’s Centre Stanhope Road, Waltham Cross, EN8 7DJ

The Job Smart team can help you improve your chances of securing a job by giving FREE support! Find out more here:  Job Smart employability programme.

CHEXS offers an award winning 30 week bespoke programme designed, tested and implemented to support children and young people's common mental-health concerns as well as their overall wellbeing.

The charity was founded by our CEO Pete Maiden 10 years ago following a career in the Navy, you can read more about this on our History of CHEXS.

CHEXS works by using a two stream approach, our Children an Young People team follow a structured programme of age-appropriate activities for learning and coaching outside of the classroom, which enables them to improve their wellbeing, succeed and build confidence.

All work is based upon protective behaviours, coaching and promoting positive mental health.

Our Family Support Team works in tandem with our Children and Young People team, offering inclusive parenting workshop groups sharing a wealth of experience, advice and guidance in a relaxed environment, coupled with our one to one support sessions for parents. Our team are on hand to help and regularly refer a child or parent into one another. Email admin@chexs.co.uk to self-refer to our team.

By working with this unique whole family approach, CHEXS helps parents build strong, positive relationships and trust with their child. In turn, the young people are coached and mentored through a variety of innovative projects designed to build self-esteem, teamwork, problem-solving and tangible skills. The projects instill a sense of purpose, meaning and aspirations for the future.

Our focus on resilience equips young people to face everyday challenges and achieve their potential for a better future.

**** EXCITING NEWS​​​ ****

  • CHEXS has recently won a NATIONAL award from the Children & Young People Now Awards 2021 for their coveted 'Charity of the year' award. This is amazing recognition for the team who have worked tirelessly over the last year helping and supporting families during the most difficult of times.
  • We have also won a Hertfordshire Inspire award from Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce for their 'Business of the year award' and we were also given a 'highly Commended' for our people development.  


If you feel we would be able to offer you support please get in contact with us on 07970 498 966 or you can visit our website at WWW.CHEXS.CO.UK or follow us on Facebook @CHEXS

The HABS Family Support Team provides a high-quality service for children, young people and their families in Wormley, Broxbourne, Turnford, Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Watford.  We are an organisation that works with school-aged children to address social and health issues that are barriers to learning; we play a significant role in the lives of many young people and their families. 

We provide support for children and families at risk of breakdown, offering practical and emotional support, helping with a range of issues including bereavement, separation, bullying, domestic abuse, drug or alcohol use, additional educational needs, housing, debt and challenging behaviour.

If you feel we would be able to offer you or your family support please get in contact with us on 01992303331 (opt 5) or you can visit our website www.habsfamily.co.uk or follow us on Facebook @HABScommunity


The HABS family support team are pleased to welcome Warren Dell Primary school and Churchfield CE Academy to the partnership. 

HABS are also now the proud managers of the Hertford, Ware Villages School Partnership.

Our Core Offer: 

We offer advice and support to children, young people, and their families on a range of issues and concerns including: 

Mental health, Emotional Wellbeing, Separation and divorce, Mediation, Bereavement and loss, Young carers, Housing and eviction, Debt management, Domestic abuse, Transition, Benefits advice and support, Confidence and Self esteem, Parenting support and advice 

We also have an excellent working relationship with local teams, enabling us to signpost to many local activities, support groups, parenting programmes, and information services in our local community.         

If you feel we would be able to offer you or your family support please get in contact with Hayley or Karen on 07745 374901 / 07545 501825 or you can visit the HABS website with a dedicated section for HWVSP www.habsfamily.co.uk or follow us on Facebook @HABScommunity  

Herts Mind Network

The Community Support Service (CSS) is a mental health outreach service run by Herts Mind Network and in partnership with local councils. CSS currently operates in Watford, Three Rivers, Hertsmere and Broxbourne.

The service is for adults age 18 plus and delivers one to one holistic , practical and emotional support with a range of issues.  These include coping strategies and developing emotional resilience. Support with housing, benefits and debt. Support around drug and alcohol abuse and supporting parents who may be on a child protection, child in need plan or family support plan. Mental health should be the primary need.

For any referral enquiries please contact css@hertsmindnetwork.org


Is a user-friendly web-based referral system for local community health and wellbeing services. Organisations can refer/signpost to other providers via the up-to-date library of local services. All referrals are encrypted, consent driven and referrers can 'track' any referral they make. Currently, Frontline covers both East Herts and Broxbourne.

Citizens Advice East Herts - Service Update

As an advice service our focus is on making sure people are able to access the support they need in a way that works for them and we've found many people like being able to access us remotely. As lockdown restrictions lift we won't be going back to a 'drop in' service from our offices which only worked for a minority. Instead we'll operate our service across multiple channels, helping people by phone, email, webchat, video and online. We'll continue to offer home visits and in person appointments in community locations to those who need them. This short video (1.5 minutes) explains more. For more details on our services and how to access them please visit https://citizensadviceeastherts.org.uk.

Tthe Citizens Advice East Herts are running a short survey to help them find out about local community needs post pandemic, what people know about our service and how they would wish to access it, if needed. Please share with your communities

CVS for Broxbourne & East Herts latest e-bulletin can be viewed here

Hertford Wellbeing Hub

The Hertford Wellbeing Hub is a new community use building in the heart of the Sele Farm Estate. 

We have developed a physical activity programme from the Hub but would love to add some new and different sessions in the new year. 

Find out more by downloading the hub leaflet.

Dacorum & St Albans

Update from Dacorum and St Albans early help services:-

Dacorum Healthy Hub

The Healthy Hub have a very useful newsletter - sign up to get your copy here:- Healthly Hub Sign Up - Dacorum Borough Council

Workshops for young people this autumn – last year Dacorum District Council planned to run a Beatboxing Project for young people that had to be cancelled due to COVID. We are now looking at running a few workshops with the same artists this autumn, who run a very successful Beatboxing Academy in South London. The workshops may not be Beatboxing (the nature of this is not particularly COVID-safe due to the spitting involved!), however possibly rapping or music/performance related.  If you have a group of young people who may benefit from these workshops and working with these brilliant South London artists, please get in touch. We are also looking to deliver these as pilot workshops for a possible larger project at a later date, in consultation with the young people taking part: Email annie.smith@dacorum.gov.uk

DSPL 8 run a number of courses for parents, carers and professionals. Click here to see a list of the current available courses, together with details of how to sign up. 

Herts Mind Network

  • Herts Mind Network are continuing to provide essential mental health support in Hertfordshire by adapting our services to best protect our clients, carers, volunteers and staff. Our Wellbeing Centres are open and staff teams are also providing support through phone, Skype and online provision. Please get in touch with us on 02037 273600 if you would like more information about our service provision or visit our websites (www.hertsmindnetwork.org and www.hertsmindnetworkcyp.org).
  • Please note the Spot the Signs & Emotional Wellbeing project can also offer bespoke sessions that may have a cost to them. If the sessions on our Training & Workshops don’t meet your audiences need, get in touch and we can have a chat about how we can potentially meet the need you’ve identified in a particular school or area for example.
  • The ‘Young people’s online hangout for YP aged 15+’ is currently no longer running as it was felt this met a need for young people who were unable to connect f2f during the lockdowns. Should a need for this service re-emerge, it’s likely we will reinstate this.

    Family Centre Service

    You can view the Family Support Service leaflet for professionals here

    Dacorum Borough Council 

    Please see the below exciting opportunity working closely with our partners Watford FC Trust again to bring weight management courses to Dacorum.

    As you will see that there are x3 targeted programmes running in January next year. I have also attached the flyers for promotion. The x3 areas targeted are below:

    • 1 BAME targeted Shape Up Course for Asian Men (25 places available)
      • (Hemel Hempstead School – Tuesdays, 7.30 to 9pm – Starting 4th January)
    • 1  Learning Disability Shape Up Course (12 places available)
      • (Hemel Leisure Centre – Tuesdays, 12.30 to 2pm – Starting 4th January)
    • 1 Physical Disability Shape Up Course (10 places available)
      • (Hemel Leisure Centre – 2-3.30pm – Starting 4th January)

    Bookings link can be found here:

    TOGETHER | shape-up (shapeupherts.com)

    Watford, Three Rivers & Hertsmere

    Update from Watford early help services:-

    Caring Dads (HACRO)

    Caring Dads actively taking referrals for the next Caring Dads courses in Watford. The course start date – January / February 22 – depending on the number of successful referrals. For more info please contact Caring Dads - HACRO email: caringdads@hacro.org.uk and referral form can be found here

    We are also taking referrals for Dedicated Dads - the 6 x 1 hour virtual 1:1 course. This is not a replacement for Caring Dads but, for some dads, is the only way they can engage. There is currently a 2 month waiting list.

    Youth Link

    Youth Link aims to work with various sectors in our local community to create connections to relevant and safe provisions for Children and Young People.

    Find out more in these downloadable leaflets:-

    Youth Link Information Sheet - CYP

    Youth Link Information Sheet - Partners

    North Herts & Stevenage

    Update from North Herts/Stevenage early help services:-


    Offer support for people with Drugs & Alcohol issues. 4 hubs – Stevenage & North Herts, Watford, Hatfield and Hertford.  Also have co-located teams that work across the county e.g. Young People’s team, Hidden Harm (young people effected by parental substance misuse), Criminal Justice team (working in prisons), Family Safeguarding team.  Back to face-to-face working with clients via groups and one-to-ones in the Hub.  For referrals Click here>

    Mind in Mid Herts

    Mind in Mid Herts are offering a mix of virtual and face-to-face support.  They offer one to one support, social support & friendship groups and active groups, including – Wellbeing group, Art group, Women’s group, football, Walk & Talk.  They have recently started Young People’s Counselling and a Befriending service.

    The For Baby’s Sake Trust

    Trauma Insight Training will be rolled out from Monday 6th December.  Two sessions will take place every month via the Safeguarding Children Partnership (lunch & learn events), this is supported by funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Home Office domestic abuse perpetrator fund.  Funding has also been used to sustain and extend For Baby’s Sake services across Hertfordshire.

    The Citizens Advice

    The Stevenage Citizens Advice recently shared some data for Stevenage at the Families First Partnership Group and this presentation can be viewed here.

    Please submit any updates to familiesfirst.support@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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