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Parents & Carers

This section is aimed at parents/carers with children of all ages who would like more information or support regarding a range of issues surrounding children today. 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 and your family. There are also useful contact numbers for organisations who work with parents and children.

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.

Every family is different and there is no one, perfect way to bring up children. Good parenting involves caring for children’s basic needs, keeping them safe, showing warmth and love and providing 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.

Parents/carers need support from time to time and asking for help should be seen as a sign of responsibility rather than as a parenting failure. It is often the way difficulties are handled that can make a difference to your children, both now and in the future.

We want to help ensure that all children on the Isle of Wight are:

  • Healthy
  • Happy
  • Safe
  • Achieve their best
  • Become responsible citizens

Worried About A Child?


In an emergency please call the Police on 999

If you are worried a child is, or at risk of, suffering, neglect or abuse please contact the Children's Reception Team on 0300 300 0117 (available 24 hours a day).

You do not need to know everything about the child before contacting the Children's Reception Team.
If you are concerned, it is important that you talk to someone about this.