Children

This section is aimed at children of all ages up to 18 who would like more information or support around safeguarding issues. It will help you understand what safeguarding is , who is responsible for keeping children safe and what will happen if professionals get involved with you or your family.

Every family is different and there is no one, perfect way to bring up children. Children need their basic needs cared for, to be kept safe, to be shown warmth and love and to be provided with the stimulation needed for their development and to help them realise their potential. This needs to be provided within a stable environment where they experience consistent guidance and boundaries.

Most parents/carers do everything they can to protect their children and make sure they’re brought up in a loving and caring environment, but families can sometimes have difficulties and children may suffer as a result.

As adults we all have a duty of care to keep children safe. If an adult who is working with a child or comes into contact with a child believes they may be at risk of harm, they have a responsibility to do something to ensure that the child is safe.

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking quick action. The adults who work with you will want to meet with your family and together decide what sort of help and support might be needed to keep you safe. This might be an Early Help Assessment , or if they feel you are risk of harm they might need to have a Child In Need Plan , or a Child Protection Plan so that everybody works together to keep you safe. If one of these plans is needed, adults will talk to you to get your views as part of their assessments before they decide how to support you and your family.

Effective safeguarding systems are child centred. Children are clear about what they want from an effective safeguarding system:

  • Adults who notice when things are troubling them, for adults to understand what is happening, listen to them and act upon it.
  • They need to have stable and trusting relationships with the people supporting them
  • To be respected and informed about decisions, concerns and plans
  • To be heard and have their views taken seriously and to be involved in decision making
  • To be provided with someone to assist them in putting forward their views
  • To be protected against all forms of abuse and discrimination and to have special protection and help if they are a refuge

Worried About A Child or Friend or Do You Need Help?

If you need help for yourself or are worried about a friend or family member, you should speak to an adult or someone that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

Talking to someone can make you feel better, although talking about it for the first time can be hard, but every child has the right to proper care and should not be abused by anyone. If someone hurts you or touches you in ways you don't like, then there are people who care and can help you.

Talking to a parent/carer, other family members such as grandparents - even friends or a friend's parents can help. Teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and other adults who work with children are also responsible for helping to stop abuse. They will listen to what you have to say and will work with other professionals to protect you from abuse and neglect.

Don't be afraid to talk to these people if you are worried. They are there to help you.

If you are worried about a child, a friend or you need help, please contact:

Isle of Wight Children’s Social Care

Phone Number: 0300 300 0117. Call any time day or night

Police

If there is immediate danger call 999

Phone Number: 0808 800 5000 or if you are 18 or under call 0800 11 11 A leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.

Phone Number: 0800 11 11 A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.