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The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership works closely with the Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) Safeguarding Children Partnerships to develop policies and procedures that are to be used by practitioners across the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The website has been developed to provide a set of chapters which comply with Working Together to Safeguard Children. The content is intended to be accessible to a wide range of staff from organisations that have responsibilities to identify children with unmet needs and/or at risk of abuse, and to keep them safe.

Contents include:

1. Accessing Need and Providing Help1.1 Referrals
1.2 Assessment Procedure
1.3 Practice Guidance - Early Help
1.4 Child Protection Section 47 Enquiries Procedure
1.5 Child Protection Conferences
1.6 A Child-Centred Approach to Safeguarding
1.7 Child Protection Medicals
2. Safeguarding Practice Guidelines2.1 Complex and Organised Abuse
2.2 Historical/Non-recent abuse (delayed reporting)
      - Adults who disclose childhood sexual abuse
      - Children who disclose abuse
2.3 Family Approach Protocol and Toolkit
3. Children in Specific Circumstances   3.1 Children who are exploited
      - HIPS Child Exploitation Strategy
      - HIPS Exploitation Resources for Professionals
      - Child Sexual Exploitation
      - Children affected by gang activity
      - Modern slavery, trafficking and exploitation including children from abroad
3.2 Children who are neglected
      - Missed appointments/Was not brought - children and family engagement
      - Safeguarding supervision
3.3 Abuse of disabled children
3.4 Bullying
3.5 Looked After Children and other children living away from home
3.6 Fabricated or Induced Illness by carers (FII)
3.7 Harmful sexual behaviours
3.8 Children and families that go missing
      - Children missing from care, home and education
      - Children missing from care
      - Children missing from home
      - Children Missing from Education (CME)
3.9 Self-harm and suicide behaviour
      - Self harm pathway
      - Hampshire suicide prevention and postvention protocol for schools and colleagues
3.10 Sexually active children and young people
3.11 Safeguarding children and young people against radicalisation and violent extremism
3.12 Children visiting high security psychiatric services
3.13 Dangerous dogs
3.14 Children exposed to abuse through digital media
3.15 Protocol for the management of actual or suspected bruising or other injury in infants who are not independently mobile
3.16 Unborn Baby Safeguarding Protocol
3.17 Protecting children who move across local authority borders
      - Protocol on child abduction and removal of children of concern from the UK
3.18 Child sexual abuse - medical examinations
3.19 Safe sleep for babies and infants
4. Harmful Practices Linked to Faith or Culture4.1 Child abuse linked to spiritual, cultural, or religious beliefs
4.2 Female genital mutilation
4.3 Forced marriage and honour-based violence
5. Parents who have Additional5.1 Children living in households where there is a substance misuse
5.2 Domestic violence and abuse
5.3 Children of parents with mental health problems
5.4 Children of parents with learning disabilities
      - Protocol for children of parents and learning disabilities
6. Adults who Pose a Risk of Harm to Children6.1 Allegations against staff or volunteers
7. Safeguarding Partnerships and Organisational Responsibilities7.1 HIPS Safeguarding Children Partnership Arrangements
7.2 Agency roles and responsibilities
7.3 Escalation policy for the resolution of professional disagreement
7.4 Learning and Improvement Framework
      - HIPS practice review procedure and guidance
7.5 Information sharing
7.6 Serious child safeguarding incidents
7.7 Child death review process
      - HIPS CDOP annual report
7.8 Guide to safe recruitment of staff and volunteers
7.9 Whistleblowing
7.10 Principles and standards for safeguarding supervision
7.11 Commissioning standards
7.12 MAPPA and HIPS Protocols
7.13 HIPS complaints procedure
8. Spotlight Briefings8.1 Spotlight On...
9. Appendices9.1 Threshold document and Inter-Agency Referral Form
9.2 Worried about a child leaflet