Hampshire County Council is proud to be supporting the first ever Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Week. Which runs from 9 to 13 October 2023 and includes the launch of several new safeguarding resources for anyone who works with children and families. Designed to help them feel confident in supporting those children who need it most.

Safeguarding Children Week has been organised by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnerships as an annual opportunity to bring together agencies and organisations across the area to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues.

Independent Chair of Hampshire  Safeguarding Children Partnerships, Scott MacKechnie, said: “Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We’re pleased to introduce new resources to help all those working in any capacity with children and families to be even more alert to the potential signs of any safeguarding concerns. I would urge all practitioners to visit our website to find out more and share the resources with their colleagues or peers, as well as their professional networks.”

Each day a different theme will be highlighted, starting today (Monday 9 October), with the launch of two new toolkits to help those working with children and families to keep them safe. These are the Prevent Toolkit to support professionals in safeguarding children from radicalisation and extremism, and the launch of a comprehensive new safeguarding toolkit specifically for community and voluntary organisations.

The week will also include the launch of resources around preventing child exploitation, safeguarding for unborn babies and infants, training opportunities, as well as safeguarding resources for families and carers.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Week will be hosted on the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) website at: Safeguarding Children’s Week 2023 – Hampshire SCP. The webpage can also be accessed via the home page of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnerships websites: