Parents & Carers

This section is aimed at parents and carers of all ages who would like more information or support regarding a range of issues surrounding children and young people today. They will also help you understand what safeguarding is, who is responsible for keeping your 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 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 lots of 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 achieve their potential, this needs to be provided within a stable environment where they experience consistent guidance and boundaries.  

Parents need support from time to time, 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.

We want to help you ensure that all children on the Isle of Wight are:
•    Healthy
•    Happy
•    Safe
•    Achieve their best
•    Become responsible citizens



Clever Never Goes! on the Isle of Wight 

Visit www.clevernevergoes.org for more information  

Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board are proud to be one of the first areas of the UK to sign up to the CLEVER NEVER GOES campaign. 
Clever Never Goes has been developed to replace the out-dated ‘stranger danger’ approach.
Whilst child abduction is relatively uncommon, it’s important that children can recognise the potential signs of danger. Teaching children simply to avoid strangers doesn’t work. Most strangers will help rather than harm children. Conversely, it is often people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
Whilst child abduction is relatively uncommon, it’s important that children can recognise the potential signs of danger. Teaching children simply to avoid strangers doesn’t work. Most strangers will help rather than harm children. Conversely, it is often people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
er Never Goes moves the focus away from strangers and instead teaches children to recognise when someone (anyone) is asking them to go with them. The programme features a child-friendly robot (called ‘CLEVER’) who helps children to refine their key ‘Go Spotting’ safety skills.
Clever Never Goes aims to give children practical safety skills which they can use as they get older and become more independent. It’s about safety – but it’s also about building children’s abilities to engage with the outside world, and giving parents the confidence to let them.

FREE RESOURCES:

  • Parents and carers can download a Home Pack with information and activities and can use the ‘Go Spotting’ comic strips online to talk to their children about the Clever Never Goes approach.
  • Primary schools can register to receive a free Schools Pack, including guidance for teachers with two lesson plans and activities for Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2 children, a set of classroom slides, and a series of short ‘Go Spotting’ practice films.
Watch this short video on 'How do I prepare my children to become more independant?'



Information can be found on a variety of topics under the Parents and Carers drop down menu at the top of this page and some resources are below. We hope you find this useful, however should you require further information on a subject which we have not covered please let us know by clicking here.
  • Isle of Wight Local Offer, a good resource when supporting a child with any disability or additional need.
  • What is a Serious Case Review -  Information for parents and carers.
  • Safe4Me - Advice and Support for parents, carers and guardians as part of our commitment to working in partnership to keep children and young people safe. Covers the following areas: Anti-Social Behaviour, Cyber bullying, Domestic Abuse, Drugs and Legal Highs, Radicalistion, Sexting, Teen Relationshop Abuse, Teen Sexual Harm Advice
  • The Isle of Wight Child Death Overview Process Information for parents, carers and families.
  • Safe Call - 0208 392 5710 - Are you supporting a young person who has been away from home or care? Are they caught up in a gang or going country? Do you have a family member or carer who is worried about their loved one being involved with a gang and could benefit from support? A confidential 9am - 5pm line with people who will listen and offer free support. Or complete the quick and easy referral form www.missingpeople.org.uk/safecall 
  • Child Law advice - Child Law Advice is operated by Coram Children’s Legal Centre. They provide specialist advice and information on child, family and education law to parents, carers and young people in England.
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