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Tuesday – Safeguarding Children Week 2023

Child Exploitation Toolkit

Today, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) Safeguarding Children Partnership launches its Child Exploitation Toolkit based on the HIPS Child Exploitation and Extra-Familial Harm 2023-2026 Strategy.

Our principles are to make sure responses to child exploitation and extra-familial harm:

  1. put children and young people first,
  2. respect the voice, experience and expertise of children and young people,
  3. are strengths-based and relationship-based, 
  4. recognise and respond to trauma,
  5. are curious, evidence-informed and knowledgeable, 
  6. treat parents and care-givers as partners, where it is safe to do so,
  7. create safer spaces and places for children and young people,
  8. recognise and challenge inequalities, exclusion and discrimination. 

The toolkit provides information on signs and vulnerabilities as well as policy, procedures and practical tools that can be used to support you, as professionals, working with children and families where there is a risk of child exploitation and extra familial harm.

We are holding three identical launch events throughout today at 09:30, 13:30 and 19:00. If you haven’t yet booked your free place, there is still time – click here to book.

You can access the Child Exploitation Toolkit via the HSCP website. If you are interested in learning more about child exploitation and extra familial harm visit the Workforce Development section of the toolkit.

Messages from senior managers

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

Stuart Ashley, Safeguarding Partner, HSCP & IOWSCP

Julie Hulls, Safeguarding Partner, HSCP

If you do one thing…

Remember that child exploitation can affect any child – know the warning signs.

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