Worried about a child


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:

  • 020 8496 2310
  • Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.15pm
  • Friday 9am to 5pm
  • 020 8496 3000 for out of hours

A social worker from the MASH team will speak to you.

They will aim to get as much information as possible about the child and the family.

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The MASH team is made up of professionals from different organisation such as children’s services, health, education and the police who work together to protect children and young people from harm.

The team will exchange information about the child and family in a confidential and secure environment. This is to get a better understanding of the different issues that may be affecting a child’s safety and welfare.

  • Information for parents when a referral is made to the MASH team about your child/children
  • Information for professionals on referrals to the MASH team

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is involved when there are concerns about an adult working or volunteering with children.

Report concerns about a professional or volunteer working with children to LADO.