Welcome to Access Southampton

Young Adults Employment Hub – Parents and Professionals Hub

This page is aimed at parents and professionals that are supporting young people into employment and training.

Information for Parents

Career Alchemy – Advice for Parents

Youth Employment UK have a section on their website for parents to support their child to find out about education, training and work

Amazing Apprenticeships produce a monthly Parents’ Pack full of information and advice about Apprenticeships

Family Lives provide free, professional, non-judgemental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can access. They provide a 24 hour helpline, a really useful website, message boards, email service, live chat and parenting/relationship support groups

Parent Zone provides support and advice to parents, with contributions from the leading experts and organisations in matters related to young people and families in a digital world.

Re:Minds is a parent-led support group for families who have children/young people with autism or mental health problems in Southampton

Parent Support Link supports and informs the family and friends of people who use drugs and alcohol. Parent Support Link offer 24/7 confidential support and information. Call 023 8039 9764

No Limits have signposting for families and parents on their website

Resources for parents from Flying Start Southampton

Parental Guidance –  Guidance on all stages of education in the UK and how to navigate making important choices.

How to help your child navigate a route to career success – A useful article on how best to approach the topic of careers.

Target Careers – Information for Parents and Teachers

Holiday, Activities & Food Programme (Southampton HAF)

The Department for Education (DfE) has provided funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme that is designed to provide healthy food and enriching activities during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays to children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

The programme offers valuable support to families on lower incomes, giving them the opportunity to access rewarding and active activities alongside healthy meals over the school holidays.

Following the success for the programme in Southampton in 2021 we are delighted to have been awarded funding to run the programme for the next three years in the city.

The video below celebrates the great work of Southampton City Council and its partners in delivering the HAF project over the summer of 2021, showcasing the wealth of provision, partnership working and commitment to supporting our city’s children. The project supported eligible children receiving free school meals in Southampton, offering families a safe environment to be active, educated, entertained through enrichment activities and the added provision of health meals.

To find out more and register for activities, please visit
HAF Holiday Activity and Food Scheme (southampton.gov.uk)

Information for Professionals

The Zone

The Zone is a network of IAG professionals who are supporting people in and around Southampton to find education, employment and training.

The Zone has a mailing list for organisations to promote their training and personal development courses that are running in Southampton to IAG professionals who can refer people to this provision.

If you are an Information, Advice and Guidance practitioner who would like to join the Zone mailing list, please email thezone@southampton.gov.uk

If you are a college or training provider who would like to advertise your courses on the Zone, please email Daniel.Stickland@southampton.gov.uk


What should I do if I’m worried about a child (under 18 years old)?

Call 999 if it is an emergency and the child is in immediate danger

When it’s not an emergency situation but you are worried that a child may be at risk of abuse, harm or neglect, please contact Southampton City Council’s children’s services. Find out more about these risks and how to report a concern. You can also contact them straight away on 023 8083 3336.

For more information please visit southamptonlscb.co.uk

What should I do if I’m worried about an adult (aged 18 and over)?

Call 999 if it is an emergency and the person is in immediate danger

If you are a practitioner who is worried about an adult in Southampton please contact Southampton Adult Social Care on:

Telephone: 023 8083 3003

Email: adultsocialcareconnect@southampton.gov.uk

For more information please visit southamptonlsab.org.uk

Prevent is about safeguarding individuals and communities from the threat of terrorism. It is delivered as part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. Find out how to report a concern

Training and Development

Safeguarding Training: Southampton SCP provides a variety of training, all of which is free of charge at the point of access for practitioners working within the City. Access the training here

Free Prevent E-Learning from Southampton City Council

Government Prevent E-Learning

Money Talk Toolkit to support personalised care conversations

The Personalised Care Institute has joined forces with the Money and Pensions Service and launched the Money Talk Toolkit – equipping health and care professionals to use personalised care to identify, understand, support and refer people with money-related health issues, in order to achieve the outcomes that most matter to them.

Useful Websites for Professionals

NHS Safeguarding App – a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, carers and citizens. It provides 24-hour, mobile access on up to date legislation and guidance across the safeguarding life course.

EBP South – facilitating employer work within education and providing careers education and guidance services.

Future of work lesson plan Nesta provide lots of useful resources. Here is one for future proofing.

Go Construct has lots of resources for professionals to use.

Career Ready helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.

Matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

Education and Employers – improving the life chances of children and young people by connecting volunteers from the world of work with schools.

Stacey Miller Consultancy – free resources for parents and professionals around positive wellbeing and a variety of training and education from drugs, alcohol and substance misuse and awareness, to mental health and wellbeing

Connecting with culture from Artswork enables links with local cultural activities

Inspiring the Future – Connecting teachers with thousands of volunteers across the UK, from a huge range of jobs, at all levels

Skills to Succeed Academy – free online employability training

Networking and Training


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Gatsby Benchmarks

When designing a careers programme, you should aim to meet as many of the Gatsby Benchmarks as you can to make sure you’re offering high-quality career guidance to help people make informed decisions about their future.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

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