Keeping children safe as a professional or volunteer Click to get info
The children and young people's workforce consists of a vast number of professionals and volunteers who each have their own level of expertise and skills to improve the outcome and welfare of children.
As part of the workforce that is responsible for safeguarding children, it is important that you:
- make sure that the child is at the centre of all the work you do and that you listen to children that you work with
- take a Think Family approach
- have professional curiosity
- work collaboratively with other agencies and services
- reflect on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in management and supervisions
- challenge other professional views in a respectful manner to understand issues relating to children and young people
If you are a other community group delivering online sessions to children/young people, find out how to safely do remote sessions in line with safeguarding procedures. If you are a sports organisation, find out more about safeguarding in sport and COVID 19.
Where can I get help from?
If you feel that a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm please call the police on 999 who can provide an immediate response.
Alternatively, you can contact your local police on 101 at any time.
If you don’t believe the risk requires immediate action, contact the Waltham Forest Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team to discuss your concerns:
Phone: 020 8496 2310
- Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.15pm
- Friday 9am to 5pm
Out of hours phone: 020 8496 3000
A social worker from the MASH team will speak to you. They will need to get as much information as possible about the child and the family.
Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility and your call could mean the start of getting the right help to a family and may even save a child’s life.
Guide to thresholds and practice Click to get info
The Waltham Forest Guide to Thresholds and Practice for working with children and families in Waltham Forest is the multi-agency document that sets out our vision and values, and the role and responsibilities of all agencies to work together so that every child in the borough has the best possible outcomes.
Professionals and volunteers should refer to the guide before making a referral to the Mash team.
Learn more about thresholds
Download the Guide to Thresholds and Practice (PDF 656KB)
Concerned about adults working or volunteering with children? Click to get info
Escalation/How to resolve professional disagreements Click to get info
Key topics for the WFSCB Click to get info
Adolescence is a complicated time for both young people, care givers and those that work with them.
The Safeguarding Adolescents Practice Guide (PDF 1.2MB) will help you to better understand the vulnerabilities children are exposed to. We have also developed a resource to support and improve how you respond to children that you work with who are aged 10 to 18 years who experience risk or harm.
Safeguarding in settings
By settings we mean formal education, including early years as well as groups and services provided to children in the voluntary, community and faith sectors. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this work is about supporting all settings to improve their safeguarding practice.
Our ambition is for all settings to have the right policies and procedures in place and to know and understand where they can seek specialist advice and support including training and resources, for their staff, volunteers and board members etc.
Child Death Click to get info
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 sets out requirement for “child death review partners” (consisting of local authorities and any clinical commissioning groups for the local area) to make arrangements to review child deaths via a specific process.
The child death review process provides an opportunity to reflect in detail on the history of the involvement of the different agencies across all sectors with every child death and to consider any lessons to be learnt, issues to be addressed or opportunities for improving services.
Visit the main Strategic Partnership Boards page to view the most recent summary of the Child Death Review annual report in addition to our other annual reports.
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Telephone: 020 8496 3691
Statutory reviews: Published and referrals to One Panel Click to get info
Resources to improve practice Click to get info
This forum oversees a multi-agency audit programme. Multi-agency means everyone who worked with the family, such as health, adult social care, education or police.
Visit the main Learning and Improving Practice page for more information including video guides and documents.
WFSCB annual report Click to get info
Visit the main Strategic Partnership Boards page to find out how to take action using the appropriate channels when you believe that your professional opinions have not been acted on appropriately.
If you require access to previous annual reports you can make a request by emailing email@example.com.