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Open Door
Open door is a community and arts space on Berkhamsted High street where you can be active, creative and social, whatever your circumstances.
They offer a wide range of activities from Workshops to exhibitions to volunteering opportunities and other ways to make a difference.  Or just come and have a cup of tea and chat!
Helping to tackle social inequality and isolation is at the heart of what they do.  They enable everyone to connect and contribute for their own wellbeing and for that of the whole community.
Please find link below for details of what’s on:
Family Centre Service

Here is a link including all our services DacorumFamilyCentreService | Linktree here you will find our ‘sign up’ link and our timetable (What’s on & how to book) which can change, so please keep an eye on the dates etc. 

Parenting Courses and Support Brochure for Dacorum

Attending a parenting course can help you to:
  • Speak and listen to your child more effectively
  • Improve family relationships
  • Deal with difficult behaviour more effectively
  • Reward good behaviour, to boost your child’s self esteem and confidence
  • Set limits and boundaries, discipline and time out
  • Gain support from other parents facing similar challenges
The brochure is available to download on the DSPL website, via the following link: 
Parenting Smart
Parenting Smart is a free online resource featuring practical advice and tried-and-tested tips for parents and carers of primary age children.
Parenting Smart is: 
  • Created by Place2Be’s parenting experts
  • Based on evidence and our experience of working with children and families 
  • Designed with busy parents in mind, with short videos and articles
  • Topics from meltdowns to friendship difficulties, from anxiety to the transition to secondary school

Please click on the link below to take a look:

Parenting Smart

Please find below a link to an article which we feel aligns with our policy on behaviour and is a guide to adults to help advise and support children to make pro-social behaviour choices. 
Drug and Alcohol Awareness 
Please find a link to the Drugs and Alcohol Awareness parent and carers information sheet
Operation Encompass

Westfield school are fully behind and supportive of a new Police initiative designed to support children facing domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.  Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.

The principles of Operation Encompass are very simple and easy to adopt. Within every school a trained Key Adult is appointed – the Key Adult receives information about abusive incidents directly from the police. The Key Adult will be notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse to which a child has been exposed. This timely knowledge enables a plan for appropriate support to be made for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature.

Within Operation Encompass all records are managed at Child Protection level with the highest level of security and confidentiality, and in full accordance with GDPR.

For more information go to

A copy of the Operation Encompass parent letter can be viewed below.

Attachments This Week 

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