In this issue: 

Hertfordshire's Early Help Strategy (all ages)

What is Early Help?

“Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family early in the life of a problem, ideally as soon as it emerges.  It can be required at any stage in a child’s life from pre-birth to adulthood, and applies to any problem or need that the family cannot deal with or meet on their own”

Hertfordshire’s Early Help Strategy is now live. It sets out our vision, ambitions and how we will continue to develop our local systems to be the very best service for families, and ensure that resources are targeted for those children, young people and families that really need our helpEarly Help Strategy and guidance. Staff from across the partnership and families helped shape and develop the Strategy through partnership workshops, surveys (including two family surveys) and broad consultation.

Read more about Hertfordshire's Early Help Strategy (pdf 932kb)

Childnet: Online safety for young people and building healthy online relationships (ages 11+)

This new resource is for schools and parent/carers to help support young people with SEND, aged 11 and over, to thrive online. The resources are designed to empower young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to build happy and healthy online relationships. They offer advice for parents and carers to help them start conversations and support their child or young person around the topics of:
• online pornography
• healthy online relationships
• digital wellbeing
• nudes 

Find out more about the Childnet Thrive Online resources

BSL 999 app

999 BSL is a service that connects you to British Sign Language Interpreters remotely through an app or a web-based platform, who then will relay the conversation with the call handler and emergency authorities. This service has been set up so that no deaf person will be excluded when they need to make an emergency call, therefore saving lives.

There are two ways to reach the emergency services through 999 BSL: through your smartphone or tablet, or through the website.

There are three very simple steps, you will need to:

  1. Open the app (download beforehand) or webpage
  2. Press the red button ‘Call 999 BSL now’
  3. Connect to an interpreter

The 999 BSL service is for emergency situations only, for an example:

  • if someone is seriously injured
  • life is at risk
  • being in danger or harm
  • a serious offence is in progress or has just been committed.

For less urgent situations, please use Police 101 (wherever possible) or NHS111 through SignVideo – not 999 BSL, unless there is an emergency.

Find out more about 999BSL

Services for Young People - projects for young people with Learning Disabilities (ages 13-24)

Services for Young People run various projects around the county for young people with learning disabilities.  These are opportunities for young people (aged 13 and over) to make new friends, learn new skills, relax and have fun.  They can take part in a range of activities including drama, arts and crafts and cooking, in a fun and supportive atmosphere.Services for Young People logo

See what activities there are near you for young people with Learning Disabilities


View all events and courses  

Angels Online parent/carer support group

Tuesday 4th October 10am - 12pm

In these sessions you can ask a question on how to support your child with Autism and/or ADHD, share ideas and experiences and chat with other parents.

NHS Herts Community Trust - Supporting adolescents with sleep difficulties

Thursday 6th October 6pm - 7.15pm

A workshop focused on managing and improving sleep difficulties in adolescents.

Playskill - Online session about Communication 

Tuesday 11th October 8.15 - 9.30pm

For parents/carers of children who are not yet talking or who are just beginning to try to say words