Safeguarding children

Safeguarding means protecting children and taking action when a child or young person is at risk of harm. Children may be harmed because they are being physically, emotionally or sexually abused or neglected.

If you are worried about a child or young person please call 020 7974 3317 (out of hours: 020 7974 4444). If you think a child is in immediate danger you should call the police on 999.

You don’t have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions - if you have a feeling that something’s not right, talk to your local children’s social care team who can look into it.

Report a concern

Sexual exploitation

Sexual exploitation is when a young person is enticed or forced into sexual activity in exchange for something – such as food, money, somewhere to stay, alcohol or drugs.

Report sexual explotation

Radicalisation and extremism

Some children may be drawn to extremist ideas and become involved in violent acts related to extremist groups. If you are worried that your child may be becoming radicalised following contact with extremists, read the following information from the Camden Safeguarding Children Board.

Keeping young people safe

Female genital mutilation

If you are worried about FGM or you need more information, read the Camden Safeguarding Children Board’s document linked to below.

FGM - The facts


Safeguarding children training

The Camden Safeguardinq Children Board (CSCB) provides a range of free Level 3 safeguarding courses available to all organisations working with Camden children or their families. Please note the CSCB's training programme does not include Level 1 or Level 2 safeguarding training.

Camden offers Level 1 and 2 Safeguarding training for those organisations that have access to the Camden Learning and Development Hub. Organisations on this list have access to the L&D Hub. Staff from those organisations should follow the instructions on the hub website to create an account.

If your organisation does not have access to the L&D Hub and you are looking for Level 1 or Level 2 safeguarding training, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has a range of courses available.

If your organisation is working with Camden children aged 0 to 8 years old or their families, Camden's Early Years Quality Support provides free Level 1 or Level 2 safeguarding children training. Please email for further details.