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Posted on 2016-04-14 15:51:45

Hello the first thing I want to say is thank you for taking the time to read this. I am Dave Pickard and am honoured and delighted to have been appointed as the Independent Chair of Hartlepool Safeguarding Children’s Board.

I recently retired after 30 years’ service as a Police Officer. I spent my early service in Durham Constabulary before transferring into Cleveland Police in 2002. Within Cleveland I was Borough Commander at Stockton and in 2009 was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable (ACC). During my time as an ACC I got to know Hartlepool very well, working with a number of Borough Commanders in the Town. I also had portfolio responsibility for Protective services which incorporated Protecting Vulnerable Persons, Serious and Organised Crime, Major Crime, Counter terrorism and Criminal Justice. All of these areas have significant safeguarding implications.

I have carried out a lot of ‘leg work’ in preparing myself for my new role and have met many dedicated and professional people.

It is fair to say that the Board has had some issues in the past as reflected in the recent Ofsted report and in the current difficult economic climate, it is essential that successful and effective cross partnership working is delivered to meet these challenges. I am extremely confident that together we can meet these challenges and achieve our newly agreed vision of:

"We will work together to allow children and young people in Hartlepool to grow up in an environment in which they are safe from harm and are given the best possible chance to reach their potential."

I intend to be a visible chair and have already met some of you at an Information Sharing training event. I would welcome any views that you may have on how we can achieve our vision and can be contacted at HCSBChair@Hartlepool.gov.uk.

I would like to end by thanking you for what you do and shall strive to ensure that across agencies we recognise success as well as challenging areas for improvement.