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Our procedures

The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership (PSCP) is governed by and adheres to different policies and procedures, developed in accordance with the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ National Guidance.

The Hampshire, IOW, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) procedures provide standards for agencies and a framework to promote children’s welfare and protect them from abuse and neglect.

As you click around this site you will see that we have done our best to ensure that relevant policies and procedures are all included on our main pages to make them easier for you to find and read, depending on what information you need.

If you are looking for the 4LSCB Escalation Policy, please refer to this 4LSCB Protocol for the Resolution of Professional Disagreement which has replaced it. Unfortunately, whilst the 4LSCB Procedures website is being re-developed we cannot update the previous version of the policy on that site, apologies for any inconvenience.

If you need a copy of a policy or procedure and you cannot find it, please email

Most of the national guidance produced in relation to Safeguarding Children can be found here

Spotlight On Briefings

The 4LSCBs across Hampshire & Isle of Wight will be regularly producing summaries to help you keep up to date with new and amended safeguarding policies. Please take the time to read these, make note of any changes that have been made, familiarise yourself with the situations when the policy may be applicable and share with colleagues in your settings.

The most recent Spotlight On briefings can be found here: