What we do

Hillingdon Safeguarding Children Partnership is committed to quality assurance and continual improvement of safeguarding practice across the whole professional network. We work together to support professional practice and understand the challenges facing our children, young people and their families. We provide training, guidance, and evidence based strategies. We also ensure learning from serious cases in embedded in practice. 

What we do

The following pages provide information for Professionals working with children and young people in Hillingdon.

Child Protection Case Conferences

Each Safeguarding Children Partnership must have clear arrangements for the organisation of child protection conferences. Hillingdon have adopted the London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance which can be found here.

Hillingdon has implemented a signs of safety approach to case conferences and further information can be found here

Safeguarding in schools

Hillingdon Safeguarding Children Partnership is committed to ensuring that children and young people are properly safeguarded through their school settings.

In accordance with the All London Child Protection Procedures, the Local Authority has appointed a Lead Child Protection Schools Advisor (Hannah Ives) with responsibility for co-ordinating policy and action on child protection across schools, and non-school services, maintained by the Local Authority, and providing advice for them. Hannah also has a role in assisting the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in investigating safeguarding concerns regarding professionals in a position of trust working with children in Hillingdon.

OFSTED requires that safeguarding is properly prioritised within school settings. Each school will be graded on its ability to fulfil its statutory duties for safeguarding children in schools under the Education Acts 2002 and 2006, and the Children Act 1989 and 2004, as well as local procedures. (All London Child Protection Procedures).

This safeguarding and welfare duty placed on schools, means making referrals to specialist Children’s Services when appropriate, but also creating and maintaining a safe learning environment and working with children to prevent abuse and neglect in the school.


Nicole Diamond
Child Protection Officer – Education

Designated safeguarding lead

Keeping children safe in education identifies that each governing body should appoint a member of staff to the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead.

These specialist staff are trained through induction and supported through additional training such as ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children ‘. 

Expectation of designated safeguarding leads 

The designated members of staff in each school are encouraged to attend training on safeguarding, as a refresher at least once every three years. The minimum expectation is that all members of staff in schools will have access to an E-Learning module on child protection and child safeguarding, and this will be monitored, to ensure that the module is completed to the required standard. 

All the designated leads need to:

  • be confident in their ability to identify safeguarding concerns and contribute to the assessment of a child’s needs, and;
  • participate in plans for children’s welfare, either through the child protection process, or through Early Help Assessments.

Information for health staff

The following documents are provided by colleagues in CNWL as information and advice for health staff, and residents using health services: