Safeguarding

Camden CCG works with our statutory partners to promote the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable adults and children who may be at risk of being abused, neglected or exploited, and to safeguard them from harm.

What to do if you are worried a child, young person or vulnerable adult is being abused: If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child you should contact the Camden Social Care team using one of the links on the right of this page, or in an emergency dial 999.

Safeguarding children

Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP)

In response to the Children and Social Work Act 2017, and publication of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, the Camden Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB) has been replaced by the Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP). The statutory partners and the relevant agencies of the CSCP are clear on their shared vision, and have pledged their shared endeavour and continued commitment to ensure; All children and young people in Camden are safe, thriving and heard. The CSCP has retained many aspects of the former Camden LSCB’s multiagency arrangements, in acknowledgement of the ‘Outstanding’ judgement from Ofsted (November 2017). The statutory safeguarding partners are:

  • Camden Council
  • Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • North Central Borough Command Unit (BCU) of the London Metropolitan Police Service

The Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) arrangements have been published on the new CSCP website: https://cscp.org.uk/. The link to the publication is https://cscp.org.uk/about/camden-safeguarding-children-partnership/.

Safeguarding adults

Some adults are more at risk of abuse than others. This may be because they are less able to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm, or because they depend on others for their care. It may be because they lack the mental capacity to make certain decisions.

You can find out more about safeguarding adults here.

North Central London Child Death Review Arrangements

As part of new safeguarding arrangements, CDR (Child Death Review) processes are also required to transform.  In October 2018 the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education released new Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance.  It builds on statutory requirements set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children and clarifies how professionals and organisations across all sectors involved in a child death should contribute to the child death review process.  Oversight for CDR processes will move from the Department of Education to the Department for Health and Social Care recognising that most child deaths are due to medical factors rather than safeguarding. The new guidance aims to:

  • Improve the experience of bereaved families.
  • Ensure that information from the child death review process is systematically captured in every case to enable learning and to prevent future deaths.

One requirement of the new guidance is the CDR processes must review at least 60 deaths per year.  Within NCL there are currently an average of 80 deaths (<18 year olds) per year.  Based on the last three years’ data the average number of deaths across the five boroughs is 80 (Barnet, 20, Camden 11, Enfield 20, Haringey 20 and Islington 13).

CDR partners in North Central London have agreed that a single NCL CDR process is established across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.