Policies and Guidance

Referrals for Children

If you need to make a referral for a child, please refer to the Safeguarding Children’s Partnership online guidance.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Emollients Safety 2021

Both paraffin and non-paraffin emollients can act as an accelerate when absorbed into clothing and exposed to naked flames or other heat sources so it’s vital to stay aware of the risks and take precautions. This short briefing published by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue contains important information on emollient safety – please ensure this information is available to your teams.

4LSAB Multi-agency Framework for managing risk and safeguarding people moving into adulthood

The Multi-Agency Framework for Managing Risk and Safeguarding People Moving into Adulthood has been developed as a collaboration between the Local Safeguarding Adult Boards (4LSAB) covering the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton (HIPS) area and is fully supported and endorsed by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Partnerships covering the HIPS area. The Framework aims to strengthen the safeguarding support available to young adults aged 18 years with pre-existing vulnerability and risk factors as they move into adulthood. It is recognised that safeguarding arrangements for young adults need to take account of their distinct safeguarding needs. This Framework is designed to enhance and build on existing safeguarding arrangements ensuring these are relevant to safeguarding at risk young people. The Framework it is designed to support effective partnership working and good practice in this complex and challenging area of safeguarding work.

4LSAB Multi-Agency Guidance on Information Sharing

4LSAB Multi-Agency Guidance on Prevention and Early Intervention in Adult Safeguarding

4LSAB Guidance on Safeguarding in Prisons and approved premises

Family Approach Protocol and Toolkit

The Family Approach Protocol has been commissioned by the 4 Safeguarding Children Boards (4LSCBs) and 4 Safeguarding Adult Boards (4LSABs) in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. The protocol was commissioned in response to findings from a range of reviews across all Board’s which highlight the need for professionals to work effectively together to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and their families across all areas.

The information in this toolkit has been jointly developed by the 4LSCBs and 4LSABs. It is free to access and available to all practitioners from any agency/organisation working with children, adults with care and support needs, and their families across the areas.

To access the Toolkit please click here.

4LSAB Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework and Video

The 4LSAB Multi-Agency Fire Safety Framework officially launched on Monday, 17 May 2021.

A short video to accompany the launch can be found here: http://bit.ly/4LSABFireSafetyFramework

4LSAB Safeguarding Concern Guidance 2020

The 4 Safeguarding Adults Boards in Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Portsmouth & Southampton have developed guidance and accompanying protocols to assist practitioners in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors in making informed decisions about what to report as an adult safeguarding concern.

This new Safeguarding Concerns Guidance and accompanying protocols are not replacing professional judgement,  but will act more as a benchmark to assess concerns and help determine which concerns meet the criteria required for a safeguarding concern. This guidance will replace the Isle of Wight Decision Support Guidance launched in 2018, however much of the guidance is the same and has been updated to fit a 4LSAB audience and to reflect the principles in the recent Local Government Association guidance published in October 2020.

4LSAB Safeguarding Concerns Guidance:

4LSAB Safeguarding Concerns Guidance (Oct 2020)

4LSAB Multi-Agency Protocol for Pressure Ulcers and Adult Safeguarding (Oct 2020)

4LSAB Multi-Agency Protocol for Falls and Adult Safeguarding (Oct 2020)

4LSAB Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy, Process and Guidance

Domestic Abuse

This section contains information and resources relating directly to Domestic Abuse. For more detailed guidance and information, please visit the Isle of Wight Council Domestic Abuse pages: www.iow.gov.uk/domesticabuse where you will find information about the Domestic Abuse Forum & Domestic Abuse Strategy, guidance for professionals and members of the public, and information about current awareness raising campaigns and events.


MARAC Information

4LSAB Multi-Agency Guidance on Adult Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities

Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation

The following guidance explains how pan-Hampshire agencies respond to incidents, (crime and non-crime) where Honour Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriage (FM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) may be a consideration. View the guidance(PDF, 346.08KB, 28 pages).

The Government updated its statutory guidance on FGM in October 2018  (please note this will take you to an external website). This guidance is relevant to any person or body subject to statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

Mental Capacity

The code of practice gives guidance to people who:

  • work with people who can’t make decisions for themselves 
  • care for people who can’t make decisions for themselves 

It says what you must do when you act or make decisions on behalf of people who can’t act or make those decisions for themselves.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) says certain people must think about the code of practice when they act or make decisions on the other person’s behalf. This includes:

  • an attorney appointed under a lasting power of attorney 
  • a deputy appointed by the Court of Protection 
  • an independent mental capacity advocate 
  • a person doing research approved in accordance with the MCA 
  • a person who acts in a professional capacity for, or in relation to, people who can’t make decisions for themselves 
  • a person who is paid to act for or in relation to people who can’t make decisions for themselves

The National MCA Competency Framework is recommended for use across all partner agencies. This Framework identifies a training pathway for different levels of staff, and includes a blended approach to training methods. It also reflects the importance of supervision to support and assess competency and confidence of staff in the application of the Mental Capacity Act.

Modern Slavery

A range of information and resources can be found on the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership website: Click here.

Please click on the link to the new Hampshire & Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Strategy 2020-2023: Click here.

Please see below the Statutory Guidance for section 49 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 that has now been published and is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modern-slavery-how-to-identify-and-support-victims.

Any questions or comments about the guidance should be sent to: NRMReform@homeoffice.gov.uk.


Modern Slavery Pathway


Modern Slavery Information Posters

Please see below a list of information posters than can be downloaded and printed.

Prevent Referral Form

Prevent (Counter Terrorism)

Prevent is the name given to a national strategy which aims to stop people from becoming violent extremists or supporting terrorism. Prevent forms part of the Government’s CONTEST strategy, specifying that authorities have a duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. More information can be found on the IOW Council Website.