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Monday – Safeguarding Children Week 2023

Today, on the first day of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership Safeguarding Children Week 2023 we are delighted to release two new toolkits!

These toolkits are aimed at professionals who work with children and families, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, to better understand and respond to safeguarding concerns.

Prevent Toolkit (Hampshire only)

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and Hampshire Safeguarding Adult Board have developed the new Prevent Toolkit to support professionals working with children who may be at risk of, or are, being groomed for radicalisation.

The toolkit was developed in response to a request made by multi-agency professionals for more information on potential signs and vulnerabilities of radicalisation and wanting to better understand the processes and procedures in place to support young people.

Within the toolkit you will find policies and procedures, as well as resources you can use within your teams. Links to organisations who provide support are also included.

You can access the Prevent Toolkit through the HSCP website. If you would like more information about Prevent, please take a look at the courses available on the Workforce Development section.

Community and Voluntary Organisations Toolkit

Community and voluntary organisations play a huge role in supporting children and their families locally and nationally. To support these organisations in their safeguarding responsibilities we have developed a Community and Voluntary Organisations Toolkit.

The toolkit is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with children and their families and includes resources to support safeguarding processes and governance as well as information on different types of abuse and what to do if you are concerned about a child. It includes cases studies that you can work through with your colleagues, as well as access to free training to support you in recognising potential indicators of abuse.

You can access the Community and Voluntary Organisations Toolkit through the HSCP website. For more information on free training, please take a look at the Workforce Development section.

Messages from senior managers

We have spoken to senior managers across our partner organisations to find out what safeguarding means to them. Play the video below to see what they had to say:

Helen Figgins, Voluntary and Community representative, IOWSCP

If you do one thing…

Be professionally curious and open to new information that may indicate a child is at risk of harm.

Take a look at the If you do one thing section of the Safeguarding Children Week website to access all of our key messages for professionals.

Twitter posts will be posted throughout the day in support of Safeguarding Children Week – search for #Safeguardingchildren2023