HOW TO EXPLORE THE HSCB WEBSITE
The new website has dedicated sections for Professionals (including
the VCS), Parents / Carers and Children / Young People which can
be found along the top of the Home page.
On the Home page you will find up-to-date news (in this case the
new procedures and Safe Staffing Handbook) and a link on the right
where you can Register for up-dates. The Home page gives
information about the HSC Board and Sub-groups, and the HSCB
At the top right of each page you will see 3 boxes:
As you click on each one they will take you directly to the revised
procedures, or a section for giving comments and/or complaints,
and a section on how to report concerns to the appropriate agency
which is a replication of information already contained on
Hertsdirect. Note the HSCB does not deal with concerns about
children and their families.
On the Professionals page you will see to your right a list of
categories containing information for you to look through at your
leisure. A useful resource is the Useful publications link which
provides you with local documents that you can download plus
national resources. Note you can access the Working Together to
Safeguard Children 2010 guidance and the NICE Quick reference
Guide as online documents (courtesy of Tri.x).
Also on the Professionals page you will see at the bottom right a
Login box. This is currently not active but we are developing it to
enable partner agencies to have access to the business meetings of
the HSCB etc. We aim to have this enabled by end of September
The Parents/Carers page has information and leaflets and also on
the front page if you hover over the terms for Significant Harm
and Parental Responsibility you will see a definition
of that term pop up.
The Children and Young Peoples page has been set up
specifically to look different from the other (more corporate looking)
pages. Again it has lots of useful information and leaflets for
children and young people and pictorial symbols are more
commonly used throughout. You might like to check out the section
About Abuse and go to the Staying Safe sub section link on the
right. At the bottom of that page are three round buttons:
By clicking on a button the child / young person is taken into an
interactive area that is age appropriate where they can learn about
how to stay safe.
HOW TO USE THE HSCB PROCEDURES
When you go into the procedures for the first time we suggest that
you do so in this order:
Quick Guide which gives you tips on how to use the various
interactive functions etc
Then take a look at the Keywords section which is a very helpful
Move on to the Search function, if you don’t have the time to
search through the contents you can type in a key word and the
procedure that has this word in it will appear via a link. For example
if you want to find guidance on significant harm type in the term
significant and it will bring up a link/s to the relevant procedures/s
and so on.
Then move on to the Contents section and look through the
procedures relevant to your work. Throughout the procedures you
will come across terms written in blue and if you click on them this
will provide you with a definition of that term and in some cases
gives optional links to additional resources.
We recommend that each new user spends at least half an hour
familiarising themselves with the procedures manual.
For comments and suggestion on how to improve the procedures or
alert us to any errors use the Contact us section.