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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.

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

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

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.

Information can be found on a variety of topics under the Parents and Carers section. We hope you find this useful, however should you require further information please contact us.

Worried About A Child or Do You Need Help?

If you are worried about a child or young person, please contact:

Isle of Wight Children’s Social Care

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


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.