The Hull Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) is the statutory body that brings together all the key partners and organisations who work together to promote children’s welfare and help protect them from abuse.
This website provides information, advice and guidance to the public, children, parents and carers, and professionals working with children and young people.
Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH) – ‘Live’ from Monday 26th June 2017
Hull’s Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH) has now gone ‘live’. The EHaSH has replaced Access and Assessment as the single point of contact for discussing a concern, making a referral or sharing information about a child or family.
The telephone number remains the same as before: 01482 448879
For more detail about the EHaSH, its purpose and how it works please see attached 60 second briefing
Multi Agency Unborn Procedure and Guidance (including Pre Birth Pathway)
In response to Serious Case and Learning Lessons reviews, Hull Safeguarding Children Board have now published the Multi Agency Unborn Procedure and Guidance (including Pre Birth Pathway) which is available by the link below.
The procedures have been designed to support best practice in relation to identifying need and appropriate levels of support for pregnant women and their unborn child.
A key message of the pathway is 'Think pregnancy, think midwifery' which aims to encourage professionals from all agencies to involve midwifery as soon as they are aware that a women is pregnant. The approach promotes that information is shared in a timely manner and will assist women to access the help and support of midwifery services at the earliest opportunity. Other professionals must not assume that a family is known to Midwifery Services.
Midwifery will book women for maternity care and support them in making informed choices about the care they receive, offer advice on those choices and undertake an assessment, ensuring that consideration to any support services which may be appropriate to put in place ahead of and in preparation for the birth of the child.
The Hull Safeguarding Children Board's updated Resolving Inter-agency Disagreements Guidance (Escalation Policy) has now been published.
The guidance is designed to help and support all practitioners working with children, young people and families by providing a clear mechanism for the timely resolution of inter agency disagreements in the best interest of children and families.
It is designed to support existing individual agency procedures and escalation policies and should be used in conjunction with Hull Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines and Procedures.
Hull Safeguarding Children Board is supporting the national campaign to tackle child abuse, launched by Department for Education on Thursday 3 March. The campaign aims to change perceptions and raise awareness of how people can report concerns; changing the social norm. A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing because they are worried about overreacting or being wrong.
"Teachers, social workers, health professionals, the council and the police all play an important role in safeguarding and protecting children. But the public also has a role to play in keeping our children safe and protecting them from harm. If you think a child might be suffering neglect or abuse, it can be difficult to know what to do. But your action is vital in making sure that the child gets the help they need. You don’t have to be certain. If you are concerned that a child may be being abused, don’t do nothing, contact Hull’s children’s social care team who can look into it.”
Rick Proctor, Independent Chair of Hull Children Safeguarding Board
i-HOP - supporting all professionals to work with the children and families of offenders
i-HOP provides a national one-stop information service to support all professionals in working with children and families of offenders, including frontline staff, strategic managers and commissioners. Barnardo's deliver the service which is funded by the Department for Education.
The i-HOP quality statements and toolkit is a helpful resource for all professionals in universal, targeted, specialist and criminal justice services to assess and develop thier practice with the children of offenders. Produced in partnership with Research in Practice, the toolkit was informed by research, policy and practice as well as practitioners and children and young people who have had a loved one involved in the Criminal Justice System.
Hull Safeguarding Children Board – Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy 2014 – 2017
This strategy reaffirms the commitment of the Hull Safeguarding Children Board to determinedly tackle the issue of child sexual exploitation. It builds on the work already undertaken (since 2008) on this issue. It signals the Board’s determination to ‘take stock’ of existing practice and provision and continue to develop effective responses.
It describes a number of key principles of effective practice and our framework for action. It identifies some key commitments: for example, a multi-agency audit of current practice and a child sexual exploitation self-assessment by the Board. Our action plan is being refreshed – and this will be further informed by our self-assessment. We will continue to consult with and involve young people in the further development of strategy and action plans.
'Strengthening Families' approach to Child Protection Conferences
The trial of the 'Strengthening Families' approach to Child Protection Conferences commenced on Monday 7 October 2013 and was completed in February 2014. During this time an evaluation was undertaken which sought the views of some parents and professionals who attended Child Protection Conferences and a number conferences were also observed. HSCB met on the 19 March 2014 and it was agreed that the Strengthening Families approach be formally adopted. For full details of the evaluation report please click on the link below.
Below is the Strengthening Families format for the Agency Report. This must be completed for both initial and review Child Protection Conferences (Police and GP's will continue to use their respective agency forms). This replaces the previous HSCB initial and review pro forma’s contained within the HSCB guidelines and procedures.
We are aware that the current HSCB guidelines, procedures and leaflets in relation to Child Protection Conferences do not reflect the changes. These are in the process of being updated.
If you have any queries in relation to a specific Child Protection Conference please contact the relevant Independent Conferencing and Reviewing Officer (ICRO) on 01482 790 933. For general queries please contact the ICRO Manager on 01482 790 933.