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Child protection

If you feel that a child or young person is at risk of significant harm please report your concerns.  Concerns or allegations against a professional or volunteer working with children should be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Child sexual exploitation is a form of…

Child sexual exploitation

What is child sexual exploitation? Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual violence in which children are sexually exploited in return for money, goods (like cigarettes, alcohol, mobiles or trainers etc.), power or status. Those exploiting young people have power over them because…

Children and young people

As a young person, you have the right to be safe at all times, in all environments, whether that’s at home, school, on the street, or online. You have the right to grow up safe and free from the threat of being hurt – physically…

Concerned about someone who works with children?

If you think someone who works with children may pose a risk to them, please tell us immediately. You can call us on 020 8496 3646 to talk through your concerns, or email us at lado@walthamforest.gov.uk Organisations should follow this up by completing our referral…

Domestic Homicide Reviews

What happens when someone is killed as a result of domestic violence? When this happens, the law says that professionals involved in the case must review what happened so that we can identify what needs to be changed and reduce the risk of it happening…

Early Help information for professionals

Early Help - supporting families in their communities Early help means getting in early with families to identify and address problems before they escalate. It is a responsibility shared by all the agencies who work with families. The shared responsibility means a wide range of different…

Early Help Support for families

The Early Help Service works in partnership with other professionals, parents and carers to intervene early when families need more support. The aim is to address problems at the earliest opportunity - before they can escalate - and to enable families to support their children to…

Guidance for parents on the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Children and young people come to the attention of Waltham Forest children’s services for a number of reasons: Concerns may be raised about a child who is at risk of abuse, neglect, involved in gang behaviour or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and…

Guide to threshold and practice: information for professionals

A guide to thresholds and practice for working with children and families in Waltham Forest. We have developed a single front door into early help and children's social care. If a child is at immediate risk of harm please use the emergency number 999 or…

Harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people

Problematic and harmful sexual behaviour can involve one or more children engaging in sexual discussions or acts that are inappropriate for their age or stage of development. These can range from using sexually explicit words and phrases to full penetrative sex with other children or…
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