Safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Within the law a child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th Birthday.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working together 2018
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
For children who need additional help, every day matters. Academic research is consistent in underlining the damage to children from delaying intervention. The actions taken by professionals to meet the needs of these children as early as possible can be critical to their future.
Professionals must share appropriate information in a timely way and can discuss any concerns about an individual child with their own colleagues with includes the child’s GP, health visitor or school nurse, and local authority children’s social care. There should be no delay in reporting concerns about abuse and neglect.
For further details see Safeguarding Children and Young People.
Islington Children’s Social Care
Phone: 020 7527 7400