Monthly Archives: February 2020

NEW SCAM ALERT: Scammers Posing As HCC Officers

Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service have been made aware of false claims, on the phone and at the door, by people purporting to be officers from Hampshire County Council, regarding Care Packages/Carers.

In this case the resident, who is already in receipt of a private care package, received a call from a person who claimed to be from Hampshire County Council. The caller said they would be visiting the resident to discuss their care package. This was followed up by a visit to the resident’s home at 7pm by 1 male and 1 female.

The resident had previously checked with their care provider, who confirmed there was no problem with their care package, that this was not Hampshire County Council, and not to open the door to anyone.   This was confirmed by Adults’ Health and Care. The resident did not let them in, even when the male made the treat that they would have no care provision from the following week if they did not do so.

Residents are asked to be vigilant to this type of scam, and to question any such calls by checking with their care provider using a telephone number they have sourced themselves, not one given by the caller.

Best practice at the door:

  • Don’t answer the door to strangers
  • Look out of a window to see if the caller is known
  • Put the door chain on first to restrict the opening.
  • Do not rely on identity cards as proof that a person is genuine, they are easy to make up.
  • Do not rely on telephone numbers provided by the caller, they may be part of the scam.

To report scams, obtain advice or request a ‘We do not buy goods or servies at the door’ sticker, contact our partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Doorstep Crime can also be reported to Hampshire Police on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated.

Reducing Parental Conflict: Free Professional Development / Training Opportunity

Free multi agency Reducing Parental Conflict training is now available in Hampshire.  Please see the E-Flier below for further details, including how to book onto the training.


Are you working with families where parental conflict is a concern?

The Reducing Parental Conflict Training Programme (RPCP) is part of the Government’s commitment to reducing conflict between parents – whether they are together or separated.


What is parental conflict?

Evidence shows that parental conflict puts children’s mental health and long-term future life chances at risk, regardless of whether the parents are together or separated, or are biologically related to the child, such as in blended or foster families.


Who should attend?

Any professional working with children, young people and families is well placed to be able to spot, intervene and support families where there is conflict in the relationship of parents, whether they are birth parents or step-parents or carers.


Why attend?

Quite simply, for the benefit of vulnerable children and young people whose lives you are helping to improve. Parental conflict is known to be a risk factor for poor child outcomes, particularly when conflict is frequent, intense and poorly resolved.


Please promote this training amongst your staff/agency. The training is available via both half day face to face sessions across Hampshire and E Learning. Please direct any queries to or call 01962 715669.


Every Sleep Counts Train the Trainer – Booking Details

The Every Sleep Counts programme has been commissioned by Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnerships. The programme was commissioned in response to findings from a range of Serious Case and Child Death Reviews which highlight the need for professionals to work effectively together to provide parents/carers with consistent safe sleep messages for babies to achieve better outcomes for families across both areas.


The training will help professionals to:

  • Understand the importance of safe sleep and what it is.
  • Understand why environments may not be a safe place for a baby to sleep.
  • Explain the criminal charge of overlaying.
  • Understand the risk factors associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Understand the importance of a multi-agency approach.
  • Support the workforce to deliver the safe sleep message to parents and carers.


Practitioners that should attend this event include;

Children’s Services professionals, Early Years providers, Childminders, Children’s Centres, Schools Inc. Primary, Secondary, Special and Independent Schools, Colleges, Police, Housing, Military, Faith organisations, Voluntary sector, Probation, Public Health, CAFCASS, Judiciary, District and Borough Councils, Domestic Abuse Services, Adult Services, GPs and Primary Care Nurses, Health Visitors, Midwives, Paediatricians, A&E staff, Family Nurse Partnership, School Nursing, Drug and Alcohol Services, Sexual Health Services, Ambulance Trusts, Child and Adult Mental Health Services, Pharmacists, Fire and Rescue.


The sessions are taking place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 10 March 2020, 9:30 – 11:30 – Winchester Discovery Centre.
  • Tuesday 21 April 2020, 9:30 – 11:30 – Sharps Copse Family Centre, Havant.
  • Thursday 30 April 2020, 13:30 – 15:30 – EII Court, Winchester.
  • Thursday 14 May 2020, 9:30 – 11:30 – New Forest District Council Offices, Lyndhurst.
  • Tuesday 19 May 2020, 13:30 – 15:30 – Hart District Council Offices, Fleet.


To book your place please follow the link below;

Please note that each member of staff wishing to attend HSCP training will need to register for a new account at the Event Booking Landing Page. Please note that you can’t book multiple tickets for the same course or book on someone’s behalf; an individual account needs to be created for each person.