Families First News

Learning & development

It's Never Too Late to Learn

Hertfordshire Adult & Family Learning Service have created a poster to promote the courses they are running over the next couple of months. This may be useful to share with relevant families you are working with.

One is a generic poster with links to their website showing details of courses in September.

Free family learning course - adults and children learn together :-

Find out more about: Online Grow it, Cook it, Share it here

Find out more about: Online Outdoor Play here

Free Webinars - Mental Health Conference

As the nominated East of England Regional Network Hub for the Mind charity, we at the Herts Sports Partnership have organised our first ever conference dedicated to Mental Health. This online event is an opportunity to hear from some inspiring speakers working in the mental health arena. Attendees can sign up for as many one hour webinars as they choose, with breaks programmed throughout the day.

All sessions are free to attend and more information and booking details can be found here

HSCP - Training and Resources

The HSCP/HSAB have developed a new webpage on Training and Resources. Due to Covid-19 our face to face training has been suspended, but the majority of our training offer is now available via live webinar sessions. Please visit our new webpage to access our monthly L&D Programme, where you can see what courses are on offer and how you can book onto them, please click here.

The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership’s virtual Learning Hubs are coming up for front-line practitioners – the theme is Safeguarding Children Online. 

The sessions will be led by Dr Peter Buzzi and Claudia Megele both experts in the field. 

At the learning hubs you will gain a greater understanding of:

  • How children and young people are being exposed to online risks and online sexual harm from a young age.
  • The impact of social media on brain and behaviour
  • Child-centred practice
  • Online risks

There are five sessions available that are detailed below and they will run for 2 ½ hours. Please click here to book your place or refer to the attached flyer.


Start Time

29 September 2020


29 September 2020


6 October 2020


6 October 2020


13 October 2020


The HSCP website now has a page related to Safeguarding during COVID-19. This includes updates on current services, resources for children and families and a range of links to national guidance and support including a video aimed at volunteers on safeguarding.


Virtual EHM (Early Help Module) System Training

The Families First Partnership, Practice and Development Team are delighted to be able to offer Virtual Families First Practice & EHM Systems training for practitioners who will initiate Families First Assessments (FFA) and/or be a TAF member for the family using the EHM System.

Duration: 2 hours

If you would like to book onto this training please email an expression of interest to ipinfo@hertfordshire.gov.uk and your local Senior Families First Coordinator will contact you with booking details.

Course Objective

Delegates attending this course will gain an understanding and overview of Families First principles in Hertfordshire, Families First Practice Standards, pathways and tools, including when and how to complete a Families First Assessment (FFA), using EHM system to effectively record and evidence support for family, undertaking the keyworker role and coordinating an effective Team Around the Family (TAF) and ongoing system and practice support for practitioners.

Expected Outcomes

Practitioners will be confident to initiate Families First Assessments, use EHM system, undertake the keyworker role and know how to access additional practice support should they need this.

If you require support with the FFA process or EHM system, please email or Tel. your Local Senior and Families First Coordinator

Further guidance and resource to support Early Help practitioners is available from the Professionals Portal at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/familiesfirstpractitioners


My Teen Brain - Online Dates

Teen BrainMy Teen Brain Training Dates for Professionals 2020-2021

My Teen Brain focuses on a key stage of brain development and shows how changes in the adolescent brain, in conjunction with experience and environment, can affect emotions, relationships, behaviours, sleep and attitudes to risk.  

The initiative aims to raise awareness and provide practical information and strategies to professionals. Through training and a range of resources, the initiative will enable them to support young people through this time of change.

Professionals working with either young adolescents (10-14) or their parents are invited to attend a free one-day multi-agency training which will look at changes to the adolescent brain, risks and behaviours and how the learning can help a strength based approach to practice.


Dates available are:

  • Tuesday 15th September 2020
  • Tuesday 29th September 2020

You can book onto the free one-day training here.

More Information on the changes that take place in the teen brain is available on our dedicated website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/myteenbrain.


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