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What To Do If You're Worried About a Child

All children and young people have the right to live in safety, without emotional cruelty, neglect, violence, or sexual abuse.

If you are worried about the safety or welfare of a child please share your concerns so that someone can help. 

If the child is in immediate danger then you should telephone emergency services on 999

If you have concerns that a child or young person under the age of 18 might be being harmed, please contact Haringey Council Children's Services:

  • Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5pm; Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm: Tel: 020 8489 4470
  • Out of office hours, including weekends: Tel: 020 8489 0000

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Share Your Concerns

Please use the numbers below to contact Haringey Council Children's Services:

  • Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5pm; Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm: Tel: 020 8489 4470
  • Out of office hours, including weekends: Tel: 020 8489 0000

Please only use the out of hours number if you are calling outside normal working hours. Your call will be logged and the operator will take brief details. An out of hours social worker will ring you back.

Do not use this number if a child needs immediate assistance from the Police or Ambulance Services. In these cases call 999.

During your phone call, if you are a professional working with children, you may be asked to complete a SPA referral form (Word, 73KB) within 48 hours, which should be emailed securely to spa@haringey.gcsx.gov.uk

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What Happens Next: Keeping Children Safe

When Haringey's Single Point of Access (SPA) is told that a child or a young person might be being abused or neglected, they are under a duty to find out whether that child needs to be protected.  This will involve assessing the degree of risk to the child and the corresponding need.

If social workers decide that the child is not at risk of serious harm, they may be able to offer the child and family early help or support.

If the decision is that the child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of serious harm, there will be a Child Protection Conference and action will be taken to protect the child.

A Child Protection Plan will be developed to reduce the risk to the child, who will be given their own named social worker.

The social worker will let you know how they responded to your concerns.

Children are only taken into care if the child or young person is in immediate danger and/or the plan to protect the child is not working and  permission is sought from the Court. Children are only removed from their families if there is no other solution.

Many people worry that their child will be removed. In fact, even after a Child Protection Conference, most children stay living at home with their parents.

Everyone working in child protection tries to keep children with their families as long as that is a safe place for them to be.

For more information please go to Haringey Council Children's Services Child Protection and Early Help webpages.

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Haringey Local Safeguarding Children Board
2nd Floor, River Park House
225 High Road
London N22 8HQ
 
Email: lscb@haringey.gov.uk
Enquiries: 020 8489 3145
Training:  020 8489 1470