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Learning & development

HSCP L&D Programme and Briefings

The HSCP/HSAB L&D Programme for May 2021 can be viewed here and please visit the HSCP website to view the HSCP/HSAB Spring 2021 Newsletter. 

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

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For Baby's Sake - Tools and Resources

For Baby's Sake share tools and resources which may be useful to parents or professionals.  Some of these are used within their own programme, For Baby’s Sake, or they've created them based on their experience of working with parents. 

They also suggest resources or support from other organisations. Please visit https://www.forbabyssake.org.uk/system-change/ for more information.

Share & Learn Event - All welcome

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

To book your place please use this link 

My Teen Brain Training

My Teen Brain focuses on a key stage of brain development and shows how changes in the adolescent brain, in conjunction with experience and environment, can affect emotions, relationships, behaviours, sleep and attitudes to risk.  

The initiative aims to raise awareness and provide practical information and strategies to professionals. This training along with a range of resources, will enable you to support young people through this time of change.

Professionals working with young adolescents (10-15) and/or their families are invited to attend a free one-day multi-agency training which will look at changes to the adolescent brain, risks and behaviours and how the learning can help a strength-based approach to practice.

This full day training has been adapted to be delivered live online. Dates available are:

Tuesday 11th May 2021               10am – 3pm

Wednesday 9th June 2021           10am – 3pm

Thursday 15th July 2021               10am – 3pm

Tuesday 21st September 2021     10am – 3pm           

Thursday 21st October 2021         10am – 3pm           

You can book onto the free one-day training here

More Information on the changes that take place in the teen brain is available on our dedicated website: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/myteenbrain.

Courses & Workshops - MIND

Mind in Mid Herts are running Living Well courses and workshops that you and your clients are welcome to book onto. Please use this link to download the course brochure and please review the timetable for April-June 2021. The Living Well courses have been designed to support people make positive changes in their lives. Informed by psychological theories these guided self-help courses and workshops support you to understand your own experience and build new strategies to live a healthy life.

These online courses and workshops will be delivered via Zoom by an experienced Mind in Mid Herts trainer; giving you all the benefits of face-to-face support from your own homes. If you would like more information regarding the courses and workshops available, please click on this link.

Mind in Mid Herts are also running open sessions and training about Mental Health Awareness, Managing Mental Health in the Workplace and Mental Health Peer Supporter training. For more information, please click on this link. Organisations are being offered 2 free places on these Open Courses, please do not hesitate to get in touch if this is something you are interested in.

Please also click here to subscribe to the training and development newsletter and please contact hannah.wallinger@mindinmidherts.org.uk if you have any questions.

Hertfordshire Mind Network

Summer timetable of wellbeing courses is open and enrolments can be done by following this link


Online Targeted Parenting Courses Summer Term 2021

The programme for the online Targeted Parenting Courses for the Summer Term can be downloaded here

For full details of each course and how to refer to providers please go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport or visit the providers links.

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