North Herts child protection scheme launched

A THREE month pilot scheme has been launched in North Herts to improve the safeguarding of children that are at risk.

Police have joined up with the County Council to improve services offered to the most vulnerable families in the area.

The plan has been put in place because many of the families that come to the attention of the agencies are for issues such as domestic violence and alcohol abuse involving adults in their homes, as opposed to child welfare situations.

North Herts Community Safety Partnership and Children, Schools and Families will both use joint processes to conduct visits and take necessary action.

“This is a pilot project in North Herts and is a fantastic opportunity for both the police officers and police community support officers to work with Children, School and Families to protect the most vulnerable children in our community from harm,” said Chief Inspector Neil Ballard.

Police officers and police community support officers will receive specialist training in how to identify children who are potentially at risk.

Police will also attend incidents which would be out of usual working hours.

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“This is a really important project,” said Jane Pitman, executive member for Children’s Services.

“Working in conjunction with the police to pick up on early signs of vulnerable children at risk means social workers have the opportunity to safeguard the children and work with the families before it becomes a crisis intervention.”

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