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Safeguarding Children - Concerns for a child

All children and young people have a right grow up safe and cared for.

Safeguarding means working to promote the welfare of children and protect them from physical and emotional harm whether they are. 

This includes:

  • Protecting them from abuse and mistreatment from adults and other children
  • Preventing harm to their health or development
  • Ensuring they grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable them to have the best outcomes

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18. 

All organisations that work with or come into contact with children and young people should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child can be protected from harm, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.

How to make a referral if you are concerned about a child

If you are concerned about a child or young person and want to find out about Early Help and other support, please contact the City of London Corporation Children and Families Team.

  • 020 7332 3621 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)
  • email: children.duty@cityoflondon.gov.uk
  • Out of hours: 020 8356 2710 (weekdays after 5pm, weekends and bank holidays)

If you believe a child is at immediate risk of harm always call 999.

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