Professionals working with children and families will be very aware of some of the increased risks to children, since lockdown began. Most children have spent more time at home and aren’t being seen as often, nor by as many people, as usual so there have been fewer chances for neighbours, grandparents, teachers or others to spot any signs of abuse or neglect.

All professionals and members of the community should be additionally alert to identify children who may be at risk. We may know something is not right if:

  • You hear aggressive or repeated shouting
  • You hear hitting or things being broken
  • Children are crying for long periods of time
  • You notice very young children being left alone or outdoors by themselves
  • Children looking dirty or not changing their clothes
  • Children becoming withdrawn or anxious.

Noticing the above concerns do not necessary mean children are abused or neglected, but it may be worth discussing those concerns with your designated safeguarding lead.

The things you can do to help:

  • Create opportunities to ask children how they are
  • Listen to children and take them seriously
  • ​Discuss your concerns with a social worker if you’re not sure

What to do if a child tells you something concerning:

  • Remain calm
  • Let them know they’ve done the right thing by telling you.
  • Reassure them that abuse is never their fault.
  • Don’t investigate or look for evidence to support the concern
  • Don’t confront the alleged abuser
  • Don’t make promises to keep secrets
  • Let them know what you are going to do
  • Report you concern as soon as possible

We all have a responsibility to keep children safe. Call Islington’s Children’s Social Care team on 020 7527 7400.

The Islington Safeguarding Children Board is keeping a close eye on COVID-19 developments and Government guidance. As always, our primary focus is to ensure that the children of Islington are safeguarded and that their welfare is promoted.

For this to happen services across the wider partnership will continue to be available and we thank them all for their continuing commitment through this uncertain period.

Islington Safeguarding Children Board’s website will be updated regularly with the latest advice and guidance as well as details of any changes to local safeguarding and support services. As this is a fast-moving situation the information contained may change at short notice. Any updates or changes will be made via the website and our twitter feed @Islingtonscb, so please check-in regularly to be kept up to date.​

ISCB Training Update

Under the circumstances, we think it is prudent to review our training offer on a regular basis.

Update: June 2020

Thank you for your patience. As some of you know we have started to pilot the use of virtual training platforms in order to support the on-going re-design of our training and development programmes.   

We will continue to prioritise all ISCB training for those who are most in need of training

Staff most at risk and who will be prioritised are those whose training is due to expire within 90 days. If you are in this situation, can you please send an email via the following link and with your contact details and name of organisation.

Please note updated DFE guidance says:

“It is acknowledged that DSL training is very unlikely to take place during this period (although the option of online training can be explored). For the period COVID-19 measures are in place, a DSL (or deputy) who has been trained will continue to be classed as a trained DSL (or deputy) even if they miss their refresher training.””

For all other enquiries please email​


The ISCB is now on twitter. Please go ahead and follow​ to stay up to date with the Board's latest news.​


Useful Information

​ ​​​Children Services Contact Team

The Children’s Services Contact Team (CSCT) is the single point of contact for all services for children, young people and families in Islington who may need extra help and support. If you are worried about a child, please phone the Contact Team in the first instance.

The services we offer include:
  • ​Family support in the community through our children’s centres and Families First
  • Support for children and young people who are at risk of getting involved in gangs, anti-social behaviour or crime
  • Health and mental health services
  • Children’s Social Care - services to protect and safeguard vulnerable children.

Who to contact
020 7527 7400 - Children's Services Contact Team
020 7527 3366 - Disabled Children's Team

Request for service form


Islington Council

The council is working closely with the NHS, Public Health England and local partners to control the spread of coronavirus, keep vital services running and to help those most in need. Read more about what the council is doing in response to Coronavirus and advice to keep you, your family and vulnerable residents safe.


We Are Islington

Islington Council, voluntary sector and mutual aid groups are working together to provide support. If you or someone you know needs help with getting food, medicine or practical support as a result of #coronavirus, please ring the We Are Islington helpline on 0207 527 8222 or email

Lines are open every day from 9am to 5pm.



In the ‘Related Documents’ section, you can find useful tools in relation to the Coronavirus and ways to support children and young people through this difficult situation along with activities for the kids that can be done within the home.​​


Doctors​ of the World.

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 43 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice and a lot of wonderful volunteers.​