sIf you are worried about a child you can make a real difference to their safety and well-being by speaking up and sharing your concern with the appropriate professional in school, or in the Local Authority. We all want children to be happy and safe in and out of school and we would always urge you to share a worry than not. You might be able to prevent something from happening, or help ensure a child or family get the extra support they need to get them through their tricky time. Often when the word ‘safeguarding’ is used it suggests worries about terrible abuse or neglect, but safeguarding is so much more than that. It could relate to children or families going through a tough time because of a bereavement, the loss of a job, poor housing, mental ill-health or medical issues.
What you can do if you’re worried:
- Speak to a member of NNA’s Safeguarding Team (Please see the ‘Our Team’ tab)
Mrs Sharp is our day to day Safeguarding and Families leader and is always willing to offer support and advice, whether you’re worried about your own child or family or another. During school hours she can be contacted via her email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7704 3900
- Check out further advice under our Advice & Support tab
This section of our website offers a range of other agencies and charities that may well be able to offer extra advice and support depending on the nature of your concern.
- Speak to a professional at the Local Authority
When you have a safeguarding concern and you wish to speak to the local authority, you need to speak to the borough in which that young person / family lives. You can refer to Islington Children’s Social Care by completing this form or by calling 020 7527 7400 during working hours, or 020 7527 0992 during weekends or evenings. Below are the contact teams for our neighbouring boroughs: Camden: 020 7974 3317 or 020 7974 6600 during working hours or 020 7974 4444 during weekends or evenings. Hackney: 020 8356 5500 during working hours or 020 8356 2710 during weekends or evenings. Haringey: 020 8489 4470 during working hours or 020 8489 0000 during weekends or evenings. Tower Hamlets: 020 7364 5006 during working hours or 020 7364 5006 during weekends or evenings.
- Seek further advice from other agencies
The following organisations offer support and advice if you suspect abuse and/or neglect:
- Islington Children’s Services Contact Team//Out of Hours – 020 7527 7400/0992
- NSPCC – 080 0800 500
- Childline – 080 0111 1
- Domestic Violence National Helpline – 080 8200 247
- Islington LADO (email@example.com) – 020 7527 8066/8102
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) deals with concerns specifically related to adults working with children.