What is Safeguarding?
The Children Act 2004 states that safeguarding children is about:
- protecting children from maltreatment, abuse and neglect
- minimising risks of harm to children
- preventing impairment of children's health or development
- addressing children's needs at an early stage rather than when serious problems have developed
- ensuring that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential
- promoting children's welfare
Whose Responsibility is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding and protecting children from harm is everyone's responsibility. All agencies have an important role to play.
A concerned and involved community is also vital to safeguarding children and has an important contribution to make. This includes all residents, businesses and shopkeepers.
It means ringing one of the numbers provided below, or contacting a professional person who works with children, if you have any concerns or worries about a child. It also means identifying gaps in services or information which would improve the well-being of children and families in your area. If you have any suggestions which could improve the welfare of children in your community please let us know.
What do I do if I have Concerns about a Child's Welfare?
If you have any concerns or worries about a child you know who you think might be maltreated, abused or neglected it's important for the child that you contact someone who can help. You can ring any of the numbers below.
If you prefer, you can report your concerns to a professional person who works with children, for example, a teacher or principal, health visitor, youth worker, children's centre worker, school nurse or GP. They will inform Islington Children's Services Contact Team. All referrals will be treated seriously whatever the source.
The City of London Academy Islington has on-site security present at all times, closed-circuit television monitoring, and a system for registering and welcoming visitors. All visitors access the building through the main entrance and are required to wear their identification badges at all times. Students can be identified by their identification badges and their uniform. Students are supervised by qualified staff at all times on the Academy site, and when visiting places off-site.
Links and Resources
Academy Safeguarding Contacts
Ms Wilson: email@example.com
Child Protection Officer
Ms Tanswell: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to contact Ms Wilson or Ms Tanswell, please call 020 7226 8611 and ask to speak to them.
Islington Child Protection Contacts
Police Referals: 020 7421 0291
Police Emergencies: 999
Islington Children's Services Contact Team: 020 7527 7400
Islington Children's Services Contact Team Emergency Duty Officer: 020 7527 7400 (5pm - 9am weekdays; weekends and bank holidays)
LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer): 020 7527 8066 – The LADO investigates allegations against staff and volunteers who work with children and young people
London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Keeping Children Safe in Education – Gov.uk