Policies and Procedures

Southampton works closely with Hampshire, Isle of Wight & Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnerships (HIPS) to provide safeguarding policies and procedures into one manual for all workers and volunteers to use. This includes core procedures for child protection as well as a section on how to resolve conflict and escalate safeguarding concerns and guidance on the widest range of safeguarding and child protection issues. Please see this link for the full manual, when you reach the page, click on Southampton logo and search or access the contents page to find what you need.

The HIPS Child Protection Procedures set out how agencies and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The target audience is all practitioners, including volunteers and front-line managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding children, as well as operational and senior managers, in:

  • Agencies responsible for commissioning or providing services to children and their families and to adults who are parents;
  • Agencies with a particular responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The procedures are based on the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 Guidance which sets out what should happen in any local area when a child or young person is believed to be in need of support or protection from harm.

To register for regular updates about HIPS procedures click here.

HIPS Safeguarding Adults and Children Partnerships Family Approach Toolkit

The safeguarding partnership across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton have have developed a ‘Family Approach’ Toolkit, this is in response to learning from case reviews and audits that found local services need to see the whole family in terms of responses, and to ensure assessments and actions are effective in responding to both children and adults with care and support needs. To access the toolkit please click here.

National Referral Mechanism: Updated Modern Slavery Child Victim Pathway and One Minute Guide

The National Referral Mechanism is a framework for identifying victims of modern slavery.

Children must first be safeguarded. Please read the One Minute Guide for more information.

Updated Modern Slavery Child Victim Pathway

One minute guide National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for children

For further information please visit our pages on Modern Slavery and Child Exploitation.

Southampton Safeguarding Children Partnership Pathways Guidance

The SSCP has a threshold document known as the Southampton Pathways Guidance, which sets out the local criteria for action in a way that is easily understood.  Please click here for a copy of the Guidance.  

This replaces the Continuum of Need

Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Form (CERAF)

Click here to access the Full CERAF and guidance

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