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There are many agencies in Hampshire supporting children and young people, and they all work together as a partnership to ensure they are keeping children safe.

There are three organisations in Hampshire (termed Safeguarding Partners) who are jointly responsible for the partnership arrangements for keeping children safe: Hampshire County Council, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Hampshire Constabulary.

The Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) provides the Local Safeguarding Arrangements under which the Safeguarding Partners and relevant agencies work together to coordinate their safeguarding services, identify and respond to the needs of children in Hampshire, commission and publish local child safeguarding practice reviews and provide scrutiny to ensure the effectiveness of the arrangements.

The HSCP works to keep our county’s children safe. At the heart of the arrangements is a commitment from all agencies to work together to keep children safe and to continuously improve and learn how to best do this.

The Child Death Overview Panel document sets out the arrangements for the review of all child deaths across the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) areas.

How does the Partnership work?

Everything we do is underpinned by two key principles:

  1. Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility – for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part
  2. A child centred approach – for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of the individual children whilst recognising the support parents and carers may require.

The Partnership is collectively responsible for the strategic oversight of local safeguarding arrangements. It does this by leading, coordinating, challenging and monitoring the delivery of safeguarding practice by all agencies across the county.

HSCP’s Independent Chair is Derek Benson who is appointed by and accountable to the three Safeguarding Partners. Derek works closely with the Chief Executive, Council Leader and the Director of Children’s Services on safeguarding related challenges.

HSCP members are senior representatives from a range of agencies.