During these unprecedented times safeguarding our most vulnerable and at risk children and young people in Southampton has never been more important. The Southampton Safeguarding Children Partnership is continuing to work together to ensure an effective and timely response to safeguarding issues which remain a priority during this crisis. On this page you will find links to local and national guidance and resources to support children, young people, families, community members and practitioners.
Local guidance and support for Southampton Residents
Southampton City Council information:
- Access to Children’s Social Care including Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and Early Help
- Service Updates – core council services, benefits and staying well at home
- Covid-19 Comunity Support Hub – if you are vulnerable or in critical need and are unable to identify family, friends or someone in your communnity to support you please contact the Southampton City Council COVID-19 Community Support Hub on the dedicated helpline number 023 8083 4800
SO:Linked Community Support Directory – online directory of support available in Southampton area
Solent Mind – A guide to your wellbeing and Coronavirus plus access to a special Coronavirus helpline for anyone struggling with their mental health at this time.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service – Safe and Well Check Services for anhone who may have concerns about themselves or others with regard to risk of harm from fire
National Guidance and Support
ADCS Published Covid-19 guidance and resources for children’s services – ADCS is keeping track of published guidance and new announcements from key government departments and agencies, such as the DfE, PHE, Ofsted and HMCTS, relating to the totality of children’s services
NSPCC Safeguarding Child Protection (CASPAR) Newletter – sign up here for
current awareness newsletter for practice, policy and research
LockDown Safeguarding Children Information – The Childrens Society and NPCC
Information Children, Young People and families
Support for Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse (UK Government) – includes national and local helplines
Healthier Together – Comprehensive website for Parents in Southampton and surrounding areas to the health and wellbeing of their child including up to date information on health conditions
Family Lives is a national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life
Thinkuknow has guidance for parents on how to help your children get the most out of the internet and how to keep them safe online
Advice for parents/carers when a child is unwell or injured (specifcially during COVID-19 pandemic) from Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health
Wessex Healthier Together – Advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals.