The Children’s Services Department is committed to providing the best possible services to children and young people living in Hampshire. You can help us to continue to improve and develop our services by telling us what you think. We value your comments and will ensure that any complaints are dealt with fairly and as quickly as possible.
If you would like to make a complaint, or would like more information, please contact the Children's Services Complaints team.
Because of the laws governing services for children, the way you raise a concern or make a complaint depends on what it is about.
If you believe a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm you should not delay and contact 0300 555 1384
We will always accept a complaint made to us directly by a child or young person. If you are a child or young person who wants to make a complaint, click on the link: www.hants.gov.uk/getonline
Schools have responsibility for most of the services they provide. In most cases, Hampshire County Council has no power to intervene. You should complain directly to the school, using the school's complaints procedure, if you are concerned about areas including:
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) has some useful information on their website www.ace-ed.org.uk.
Although Children’s Services is one department, the nature of the concern or complaint will determine which process it needs to follow.
If you are unhappy about services provided by any of the Children’s Centres in Hampshire, please speak to a member of staff or manager in the first instance. Children’s Centres have their own complaints process which they follow. Any member of staff will be able to provide you with a copy of their centre’s procedures.
If you have a concern or complaint about a childminder, creche, nursery or pre-school, you should contact OFSTED, (the Office for Standards in Education). This is the body responsible for inspecting and regulating childcare and pre-school education. Before contacting OFSTED you may wish to discuss your concerns with the Services for Young Children.
If your complaint is about another area of the Council, please see our Corporate Complaints guidance.
Children’s Services cannot accept complaints that are the responsibility of other organisations such as:
In this case you should make contact with the organisation responsible.
If you have a compliment you can let the member of staff know yourself or tell their manager. Alternatively you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org They will make sure that your compliment is passed on to the appropriate people. Knowing when we get it right for you can help us to get it right for others too.
If you think a child has been abused or mistreated by a teacher or a council employee, please contact the Allegations Officer.
If you think that a child is being abused at the moment, please contact us immediately.