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Share & Learn Event - Stevenage Families First Partnership Group

The Share & Learn Event being organised by the Stevenage Families First Partnership Group will be held on Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 1.30pm – 4.15pm via Microsoft Teams. This event is for anyone working with children, young people, parents and families across Hertfordshire. You might work for a community group or charity or have a role in a public sector organisation like the NHS, council, police or school. Please come along to part or all of the event to learn and test new skills and knowledge in a range of bite-size workshops, which are described below. Please use this link to book your place and please share information about this event with your networks. 

1.30pm - Adverse Childhood Experiences and using trauma-informed approaches

  • Presentation from Judith Rees, For Baby’s Sake Director of Operations (15 minutes)
  • Breakout groups for discussion (20 minutes)
  • Feedback to full group (10 minutes)

2.15pm - Break (15 minutes)

2.30pm - An introduction to mental health first aid

  • Presentation from Danielle Bridge, ABC Life Support (15 minutes)
  • Breakout groups for discussion (20 minutes)
  • Feedback to full group (10 minutes)

3.15pm - Break (15 minutes)

3.30pm - Spotting the signs of gambling addiction, in women and young people in particular

  • Presentation from Gracia Talabi, Gamcare (15 minutes)
  • Breakout groups for discussion (20 minutes)
  • Feedback to full group (10 minutes)

4.15pm - End

2021 Caring Dads Courses

The next series of the Caring Dads programme is being planned to run as face to face group courses. However, if social distancing still applies there will be greater restrictions on the number of dads per course. Please see the current courses planned below. 

  • Stevenage start by 31st March – will run on Wednesday evenings
  • Broxbourne later in the Spring
  • Watford – Summer / Autumn

Please note, this may change depending on the spread of referrals received so it is important that you send in your referrals promptly.

We have been fortunate with the venues for our last two courses but would very much appreciate ideas for suitable places in the Broxbourne Hatfield areas. As a starter the venues need to be close to night time buses and trains, but also have on site / nearby free / low cost car parking. 

Please do start sending in your referrals for the above courses on this referral form - fully completed including name of referrer, contact details and date of referral.

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. Please would you share information about this with your teams.

Please call: 01727 854727 on Mondays or Tuesdays if you wish to discuss the Caring Dads programme further or suitability of possible referrals.

HSCP Spring Newsletter & HSPC Year of Learning Briefing

Please use this link to review the Year of Learning briefing document (Feb 2021) from Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) about Working with Mothers with EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder). 

Please also visit the HSCP website to view the HSCP/HSAB Spring 2021 Newsletter. 

Please can you share this information with your teams and colleagues.

Hertfordshire’s Safeguarding Children Partnership are now offering four e-learning courses which are free to all agencies.

Course subjects include:

  • Gypsy & Traveller Cultural Awareness
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Gangs and Youth Violence
  • Sexual Abuse and Recognising Grooming

Click here for more information and booking links . 

Please use this link to review information from Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) about leaving a child alone with siblings. Please share this information with your teams and colleagues.


Safer Places Training Opportunities

Safer Places have spaces on our accredited Independent Stalking Advisory specialist (ISAS) course starting in April.  Spaces can be booked here https://www.saferplaces.co.uk/independent-stalking-advocacy-specialist

 We also have half day Domestic abuse awareness training on 5th March and 8th April 

One day Stalking masterclass training on 17th March

One day Tech abuse training on 22nd April 

 Tickets can be purchased here https://www.saferplaces.co.uk/Pages/Events/


Free Training from ECPAT UK

FREE training session on child victims of trafficking from Vietnam in the UK

To mark the launch of the Vietnamese language resources on trafficking ECPAT UK have made in partnership with World Vision Vietnam, ECPAT UK are hosting a free, online training event for practitioners specifically focused on Vietnamese victims of trafficking here in the UK on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 10am-12pm. This session will introduce these resources, how to access and use them, as well as outline the learning from research and practice on working with victims of trafficking from Vietnam. This training is ideal for those who work with vulnerable children and those in migration.

22nd March 10-10.45am – Resource launch event. To register please book here.

23rd March 10am-12pm- Practitioner learning event. To register please book here.

FREE training for foster carers and children’s home staff

ECPAT UK are currently running a project where we can provide free training to foster carers and children’s home staff on our ‘Safe accommodation and child victims of trafficking missing from care’ training course. If you are a foster carer or work in a children’s home and you would like to receive this training then please do get in touch. We are currently running two courses on the following dates:

8th & 9th March (9.30-1pm each day)

12th & 13th May(9.30-1pm each day)

Training for individual practitioners

Individual practitioners from across the UK and beyond can book onto one of our online courses which are published on our website.  We have courses relevant to professionals in a number of roles, so whether you want training on child trafficking, safeguarding & disruption of child trafficking or child criminal exploitation, you can book onto one of our courses for £120 per person. We add new training dates several times a year, and our modular format means you can mix and match dates to finish a course at your convenience. We also offer a discounts for multiple participants booking onto the same course, perfect for small teams to train staff instead of commissioning a training course.

Workshop for those organising staff training- Tuesday 9th March 2021

Are you responsible for organising and commissioning training of for your organisation or team? I am running a short workshop on 16th March at 2pm to briefly introduce our training programme on offer, the details of our training and to answer any questions that you may have. This event is ideal for those working in child safeguarding organisations who are involved in organising and commissioning staff training, learning and development. If you would like to attend, then you can register here for more details.




Herts SARC (sexual assault referral centre) - Open Day

Dear Hertfordshire Paediatric (Children & Young People) Partners 


We are excited to invite you to our new Paediatric (CYP) Open Day here at Herts SARC (sexual assault referral centre).  


While this event is virtual (for now), we hope you take the opportunity to allow us to introduce you to our Paediatric Team and the services we provide, have a look at the facilities we have which accommodate children, young people and their families, and learn about our referral pathways, as well as use the opportunity to ask questions and let us do some myth busting around some of the barriers to Paediatric cases accessing the services here. 

Please disseminate this invitation to your teams and other partner agencies who may refer CYP cases to us

We would like to take the opportunity to meet as many of you as possible and support you in the valuable work you are doing to safeguard Hertfordshire’s children and young people. 

 The event will be held monthly, so please view our flier and book a session that suits you, by emailing herts.sarc@nhs.net.  

 Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries about the event(s).  


We look forward to meeting you at our Open Days. 

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