October, 2019

Children's Services news

Welcome note from Jenny

Jenny Coles

Welcome to another edition of CS News. 

I must start by telling you about my recent visit, along with Councillor Douris, to Lordship Farm Primary School in Letchworth to find out more about their eco initiatives.  We were both really impressed with their commitment and all the hard work they have put in.  Their list of what they have already achieved really is remarkable and you can read more about their work in this edition.  It was so lovely to meet the staff and the children and we hope to return in the future.

Last week was Practice Week, a chance for us to celebrate good relationship based practice and an important opportunity for reflection and reflective conversations and a chance for us all to build on our strengths and learning.  I hope you all managed to take part as it’s really worthwhile to stand back and review all the good work we do.

I also attended the 0-25 Together Safeguarding Conference “Let’s talk about it” and another inspirational and stimulating day as always. The presentation and workshops were excellent, not to mention the fantastic entertainment from the Purple All Stars.

The HSAB and HSCP Autumn newsletter is now available and can be viewed in this edition.  The Learning Hubs are a great resource, and supporting families early to prevent neglect of children will be the focus of the events this autumn.

We will again be participating in the `16 days of action’ on domestic abuse which begins on 25 November.   This activity is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging the reporting of domestic abuse in the county and highlighting support services available to those concerned or affected. I know many of you will be attending the annual domestic abuse conference, however please do also show your support for this campaign by liking and sharing any posts you see on social media to help us raise awareness.  It’s so important we increase public understanding to protect and intervene earlier so that people suffering from abuse get the help they need and do not suffer in silence.

And finally, as many of you will be starting to think about Christmas please take some time to read about our Christmas Appeal for Care Leavers.  These boxes mean such a lot to the young people who receive them. Many won’t get any other gifts and some may also be spending their first Christmas living on their own so any support is so gratefully received.  This week is National Care Leavers Week so a good time to support this initiative.

Best wishes.

Jenny

 

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