A NEW annual safeguarding children week has been launched in Hampshire to raise awareness of the support available.

Hampshire County Council is backing the inaugural Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Week, launching new resources for anyone who works with children and families.

The event, organised by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnerships, provides an annual opportunity for agencies and organisations to come together to raise awareness of vital issues.

A different theme was highlighted each day, from Monday 9 to Friday, October 13, starting with the launch of two new toolkits to help keep children safe.

The Prevent Toolkit supports professionals in safeguarding children from radicalisation and extremism.

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Meanwhile, a comprehensive new safeguarding toolkit is specifically aimed at community and voluntary organisations.

Scott MacKechnie, independent chair of Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnerships, said: “Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We’re pleased to introduce new resources to help all those working in any capacity with children and families to be even more alert to the potential signs of any safeguarding concerns.

“I would urge all practitioners to visit our website to find out more and share the resources with their colleagues or peers, as well as their professional networks.”

The week also included the launch of resources around preventing child exploitation, safeguarding for unborn babies and infants, training opportunities, as well as safeguarding resources for families and carers.

For more information go to hampshirescp.org.uk/safeguarding-childrens-week-2023/.