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Welcome to the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board website

News & Updates:

HSCB Annual Report 2013/14
HSCB's annual report on the effectiveness of safeguarding in the local area was approved by the board at its meeting on the 14 July 2014. It can be downloaded here.
HSCB Annual Report 2013/14

Self harm pathway
Following the 2012/13 case audit on young people who self harm HSCB has produced a guide for profressionals. This guide takes the form of a flowchart, guiding professionals through the steps to be taken should they come across a young person who is self harming/expressing suicidal thoughts or tells you that they have self harmed/had suicidal thoughts.
HSCB self harm pathway: a guide for professionals

Multi-agency Children in Need Protocol
Reminder that this protocol is available on our website. It is relevant to all practitioners working with children in need under section 17 of the Children's Act 1989.
Multi-agency CIN protocol

You can now follow HSCB on twitter. We will be using twitter as another way to keep practitioners up to date with HSCB events, training and news.

Ofsted's review of the LSCB
HSCB was reassured by the progress being made by agencies across Hampshire in working together to safeguard the welfare of Hampshire's Children following Ofsted's recent inspection of Hampshire County Council and the LSCB. The effectiveness of the LSCB was judged as good by Ofsted. Hampshire County Council was also judged as good with outstanding adoption performance and leadership, maangement and governance.
Ofsted Report

ChildLine Schools Service
ChlidLine and the NSPCC provide a schools programme aimed at Year 5 and 6 pupils based on an assembly style presentation followed by workshops in individual classes. The objectives of the programme are to ensure children have an understanding of abuse, recognise the signs of abuse and know how to protect themselves. Currently the programme is free of charge and is available to Hampshire Schools. More information can be found here:
ChildLine/NSPCC Schools Service

Revised Thresholds Chart
A revised thresholds document has gone live from the 1st April 2014. For more information, please click on the link below:
Revised Thresholds Document News Update

Revised HSCB Constitution
Our constitution has been revised. We will remove the existing link at our next scheduled website update. In the meantime it can be found here.
HSCB Constitution 2014

Revised 4LSCB protocols
Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board are pleased to announce that revised versions of the following protocols are now available on our website. Maternity and Children's Services unborn babies protocol. Protocol for the management of actual or suspected bruising in infants who are not independently mobile. Joint Working Protocol safeguarding children and young people whose parents/ carers have problems with, mental health, substance misuse, learning disability and emotional or psychological distress. These protocols are relevant to all staff who work or come into contact with children and their families. They exist to compliment the 4LSCB safeguarding procedures providing a further level of guidance on the response to certain case scenarios. Please ensure that you and any staff that you are responsible for are aware of these protocols and that practice complies with guidance outlined within the protocol.
The protocols can be found in our resources section of the website.

HSCB Learning and Improvement Framework
The HSCB learning and improvement framework has been produced in response to the requirement set out in Working Together 2013. This framework should enable organisations to be clear about their responsibilities, to learn from experience and improve services as a result. This framework should be shared across organisations and made accessible to front line practitioners. As part of this framework the HSCB is holding a series of multi-agency half-day workshops exploring how agencies can work effectively together to safeguard children by considering lessons from recent serious case reviews, case reviews and case audits. To accompany these workshops the HSCB has produced a briefing paper aimed at sharing lessons learnt more widely. This paper can be found in the Resources section.
HSCB Learning and Improvement Framework

Child Sexual Exploitation: looking out for warning signs
The Office of the Children's Commissioner has published an interim report on its 'Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups'. It identified the need for all profressionals who come into contact with children and young people to be aware of the warning signs of child sexual exploitation. Further information on looking out for the warning signs can be found in; 1) DfE 'what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually exploited', 2) Barnardo's 'spot the signs' leaflet and 3) CEOP 'can you recognise the signs' video. All can be found on the resouce page.
HSCB resource pages

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board website
Welcome to the new Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board website. We hope that you find this site useful and easy to navigate. We would very much like to recieve your feedback on this site which can be done by clicking on the below link.
HSCB website feedback

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a shared responsibility and a high priority for Hampshire agencies. It includes protecting children from abuse and neglect and ensuring that they grow up safely, having the best life chances to enter adulthood successfully.

The Board brings together all the main organisations who work with children and families in Hampshire, with the aim of ensuring that we work together effectively to keep children safe. 

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) is responsible for co-ordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of local work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Hampshire.

The Hampshire Safeguarding Children website brings together information on safeguarding children for, children and young people, their parents and carers and for staff working with children and young people and their families.

The website offers local and national guidance to support you in safeguarding children in Hampshire and information on where and how to get help.

We aim to give you the best support and guidance available, however if you feel there is something missing on our website, please email us at hscb@hants.gov.uk