Welcome to Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) safeguarding children procedures manual.
If you consider a child is at immediate risk of harm phone the police on 999.
How to use this manual
Use the link to the Contents page to access different sections of the procedures.
Referral to Children's Social Care and Early Help
When a professional working in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth or Southampton assesses that a child/family requires additional support, they need to complete an inter-agency referral or contact form as per local processes and share this with the relevant Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub. The use of the Threshold Guidance will assist this process and help inform the practitioner’s decision-making.
Inter-agency referral/contact form:
Safeguarding adults procedures
COVID 19 Update
In light of the recent changes to statutory child safeguarding guidance due to coronavirus, here is a summary of the changes, with links to the relevant government guidance: https://www.procedures.org.uk/2020/05/06/changes-to-safeguarding-children-statutory-guidelines-in-response-to-coronavirus/
This provides information about updated guidance and flexibilities as published by the Government in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please note in relation to legal flexibilities or easements each local authority will decide whether and if to use so please check with your local authority children’s services if you are unsure.