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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 May, 2004, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Plan unveiled to protect children
Parent with children
The model offers early support to those working with children
Herefordshire is leading the way with a new system of protecting vulnerable children.

The Child Concern Model aims to aid early detection of children at risk.

Police, social services and county health chiefs are among those who will sign the model on Wednesday.

It will offer help to professionals from childminders to school teachers who may have concerns about the welfare of children they are working with.

The model has taken 18 months to develop and is the county's response to the Laming report on the death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie.

A spokeswoman for Herefordshire Council said it is one of the few counties in the country that has an agreed approach.

The model has been developed by Herefordshire's Area Child Protection Committee (ACPC), its chairman Henry Lewis said: "Many people who work with children, including professionals, can feel alone when they have worries about a child or young person.

"The concern may not be serious but talking to someone who has more experience about a particular concern can be very helpful."

Chief officers from the Primary Care Trust, Herefordshire Hospital, police, the National Probation Service, Herefordshire Council and the Herefordshire Alliance for Voluntary Sector Organisations, will sign the first edition of the model.

Consultants will be chosen from all of the agencies involved in Herefordshire's ACPC to offer guidance to those working with children and families.

Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Roger Phillips said: "The Child Concern Model shows that in Herefordshire we are responding to Lord Laming's comments in his report on the tragic death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie when the concern for children should be from 'the top to the bottom'.

"The presence of chief officers, councillors, board and committee members from all the main agencies is a positive indication of Herefordshire's response to this challenge. We all share responsibility in safeguarding our vulnerable children."

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