Safeguarding children and young people

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people and protecting them from abuse or neglect.

It includes:

  • protecting them from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to their health or development
  • ensuring they are provided with safe and effective care
  • taking steps to ensure they have the best opportunities and outcomes possible

Safeguarding children and young people is one of Islington Clinical Commissioning Group’s (ICCG) highest priorities. The organisation is committed to ensuring that the risk of abuse, neglect or maltreatment is minimised. Agencies seek to address children's needs at an early stage before serious problems have become more serious. Child protection is focusing on identifying and protecting children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.

Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s business – it’s not just for health and social care professionals. We encourage everyone in Islington to help protect children and young people by being alert to any signs of abuse or neglect.

Islington Multi-Agency Safeguarding arrangements

The police, Islington Council and NHS Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have joint and equal responsibility for Islington's multi-agency  safeguarding partnership. The partnership is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in Islington.  Find out more here

Islington Safeguarding Children Board 

Islington Safeguarding Children Board is the multi-agency body responsible for ensuring the CCG and other local organisations work together effectively at safeguarding. Our partners include NHS healthcare providers, Islington Council, the police, schools and colleges, and the voluntary sector work. We work together to protect children and young people from harm, and improve their welfare and wellbeing.

Click here for the board's website.

Worried about a child?

If you think that a child or young person is in immediate danger ring the police on 999. If you think that a child or young person is at risk of being harmed or have concerns about the welfare of a child contact Islington Children’s Services Contact Team on 0207 527 7400.

Children Looked After

Some children, identified as suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect are taken into care by the Islington Council for their protection. Known as Children Looked After, these include children subject to a care order made by a family court judge and those being accommodated with their parents’ agreement.

The Children Looked After Health Team

The Children Looked After Health Team is responsible for improving the health of Islington's Looked After children and young people. The aim is that all of them are physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually healthy and are helped to live healthy lifestyles. The team proactively delivers specific health targeted interventions, advocacy and immunisation. The aim is to ensure their health improves whilst in care and the gap in health outcomes, compared to those not in care, narrows.

The team is part of an integrated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, which is commissioned by ICCG and provided by Whittington Health NHS Trust. For notifications of placements of children and young people out of borough placed within Islington, please contact Marie Fitzpatrick,  Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children and CLA on , or Dr Rebecca Evanson, Designated Doctor CLA on

You can find more details on Islington Safeguarding Children Board's website.