Child protection

Protecting children from harm

Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility. We work with other agencies to make sure children are protected and safe from harm.

Hackney Education employees must:

  • take responsibility for safeguarding children and young people;
  • carry out carry out their responsibilities in such a way as to minimise risk of harm to children or young people; and
  • promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children.

What to do if you have concerns about a child’s welfare

If you are concerned about a child, contact the First Access and Screening Team (FAST):

Tel: 020 8356 5500
(Duty Line Mon to Fri 9am-5pm)

Tel: 020 8356 2710
(Emergency Out of Hours Team)

Fax: 020 8356 5516
Email: FAST

Find out more about the Children and Young People's Access and Assessment Social Work Service on Hackney Council’s website.

City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board

City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board is responsible for agreeing how organisations promote children and young people's well-being. The board has signed up to the London Child Protection Procedures which set out how professionals must work together to protect and promote the well-being of children.

Out of School Settings (OOSS) project

Many young people participate in some form of organised activity outside of school. The Out Of School Settings (OOSS) project aims to help parents and carers make sure that their children are happy, safe and protected in after school and extra-curricular activities. It also highlights what to do if you have any concerns about a setting.

Hackney helpline to tackle child exploitation

In 2015, Hackney Children and Young People’s Services and the NSPCC, in conjunction with the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board (CHSCB) and its partners, launched a campaign appealing to adults in particular to share any concerns they have about the exploitation of Hackney children and young people, specifically around:

  • gang involvement or activity;
  • sexual exploitation or abuse; and
  • radicalisation.

Exploitation of our children and young is a significant risk to their safety and wellbeing, yet indicators suggest it is under-reported in all of the above areas. Working in partnership with both the CHSCB and NSPCC seeks to encourage the public to share information and concerns while providing an alternative route to support than more conventional channels. Materials are available on the CHSCB website.


First Access and Screening Team (FAST)

020 8356 5500 / 020 8356 2710
This page was last modified on: 21 Sep 2020