THREE new faces have joined a leading organisation protecting young people in Hartlepool from harm.
Eileen Hinds will head Hartlepool’s Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) after being appointed as its first independent chair.
She will take over the reins from Nicola Bailey, Hartlepool Borough Council’s director of child and adult services.
Eileen has been joined by lay members Denise Foster and Lindsey Newbury.
As well as keeping a close watch on child protection policies, procedures and activities, HSCB also looks at wider issues such as road safety, bullying and internet and email safety.
Eileen, 52, who has worked in education in the region for 30 years, said: “Keeping children safe is fundamental and must take absolute priority at all times.
“The role of independent chair requires a high level of skill in motivating, influencing and encouraging people and organisations while sometimes delivering difficult or unpopular messages.
“I look forward to adding my experience to this dedicated partnership which plays such a critical part in the welfare of Hartlepool’s young people.”
Eileen brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in key roles involving children with Middlesbrough, Darlington and Newcastle councils.
The board’s membership includes Hartlepool Borough Council, local health authorities, police and fire services, crime and community safety organisations, the probation service and voluntary organisations.
Denise, 50, from Hartlepool, works as a system administrator for Housing Hartlepool.
The mum-of-two has also worked with voluntary organisation, Hartlepool Patch, for seven years.
It offers confidential support to families with young children and Denise has helped people with drug abuse problems, post-natal depression and mental health issues.
Lindsey, a 36-year-old mum of three is a teaching assistant at Rift House Primary School and a foster carer.
Nicola, said: “The challenges and pressures of our modern society mean it has never been so important to protect our young people.
“The varied and extensive skills of these three new members will be invaluable in helping the board to do that.”
The Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board can be contacted on (01429) 523825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org