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Child Protection

If a child needs immediate assistance from the police or ambulance services - please call 999.

Are you concerned about a child?

If you have concerns that a child may be at risk of significant harm or has already been harmed or abused then you should make immediate telephone contact with Haringey's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Please do not keep your worries to yourself. An example would be if a parent collected a child from school and was intoxicated or a parent was in the process of physically abusing a child.

Safeguarding is everybody’s business and if you are worried about a child or young person, please tell us. All children and young people have the right to live in safety, without emotional cruelty, neglect, violence, or sexual abuse.

Report your concerns

If you have concerns for a child or young person’s welfare and believe that they may require some help or additional support, please use the numbers below to contact staff for advice:

Office hours

  • Phone: 020 8489 4470 - Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5pm; Friday: 8.45am to 4.45pm

Out of office hours (including weekends)

  • Phone: 020 8489 0000 

Calls to the emergency duty team will be logged by a call centre. An emergency duty social worker will ring you back.

If you are a professional or volunteer

Immediate risk of harm and professional consultations

If you are a professional or volunteer working with children this is a dedicated advice line for professional consultations and urgent safeguarding referrals: 

  • Phone: 020 8489 4533 - Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5pm; Friday: 8.45am to 4.45pm

Please ensure that you follow up any telephone contact with a written referral via the online portal within 24 hours.

NO immediate risk of harm

If you are a professional or volunteer working with a child or their family and there is no immediate risk of harm to the child, but the family would benefit from additional support, you should complete the online referral form via the link below:

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Getting consent before making a referral

Advice is always available from MASH. In the majority of cases, professionals should get consent before making a referral to MASH.

The exception is when you believe that contacting the parent/carer could place a child or another adult at risk of harm. In these exceptional circumstances, or if consent is refused or cannot be obtained, you should still contact MASH via the consultation line for advice.  

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The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

The MASH is a collection of agencies who are co-located and share information in order to identify risks to children and young people and to carry out confidential screening, research and referral of vulnerable children. These co-located agencies are the police, health, housing, probation as well as children’s social care.

These agencies will work together to ensure vulnerable children and young people are identified and properly cared for and protected.

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Further Information

Haringey Safeguarding Children Partnership (external link)

48 Station Road, Wood Green
London N22 7TY

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Page last updated:

October 2, 2023