Hujjat Safeguarding Panel – About Us

In: Safeguarding

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is a term used to signify measures to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of an individual. This is particularly in the case of children and vulnerable adults.


Hujjat Safeguarding is a sub-committee dedicated to safeguarding the Hujjat community, young and old. We are here as a support for anyone who sees themselves as vulnerable. The term vulnerable is broad and can apply to many different scenarios. We understand that all cases should be handled individually and holistically.


We also work with other sub-committees in order to assist them in meeting their safeguarding obligations under law and to educate and guide them towards a more holistic approach in nurturing children and vulnerable adults. We provide training sessions for community workers to help identify safeguarding cases and how to manage them appropriately and sensitively.


If any Hujjat community member felt that their health, safety or wellbeing was affected due to another individual or group of people within the Hujjat center and within the grounds, you can refer your case to Hujjat safeguarding via two methods, which are explained below under “how to refer a case”.


We understand that many members may be vulnerable and their health and wellbeing is affected outside of the center and it’s grounds. For these cases, we are happy to guide and support you in how to refer your case to the appropriate safeguarding body. Again, you can refer via the two methods explained below.


How to refer a case

If you feel your case should be referred to Hujjat safeguarding, please either:

  1. Call the Hujjat safeguarding number on 0203 0340982. You will be put through to a voicemail and given the option to either speak to a female (Farzana Karawalli), a male (Dr Shabbir Merali) or to leave a message, which will be picked up by the safeguarding team.
  2. You can refer your case by email to


If you are directed to leaving a voicemail message for a referral, we request that you leave your initials and phone number and refrain from revealing your name. This is to maintain confidentiality.

We endeavor that all cases will be handled sensitively, with respect and with confidentiality. There may be some instances where we are obliged to disclose information, if we feel that an individual is at risk.


For a referral to be official, it must come directly from the person who is affected. However, if you know of someone who is affected and wish to seek advice, we encourage you to contact us but request that you do not reveal the identity of any parties involved.


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Hujjat Safeguarding Panel

In: Safeguarding
Senior designates officer: Farazana Hirji Karawalli Farzana Hirji Karawalli is a registered learning disabilities nurse and a social worker. She has worked in child protection and child in need services. She has adult safeguarding experience from working in the Harrow safeguarding team, as a hospital discharge social worker as well as safeguarding within the community services. Farzana has also worked as a social worker with cases under prevent. She has experience in a range of safeguarding cases affecting children and adults, including: domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and emotional harm. Deputy designated officer: Shabbir Merali Dr Shabbir Merali is a GP working in Ruislip and he has involvement with safeguarding cases on a regular basis. A GP has a central role in identifying a vulnerable patient, as often it is them who will be the first point of contact and need to be able to identify the patient’s concern and assess the risk or danger they are under. It is also important for the GP to be aware from the point of identification, how to handle the case appropriately and sensitively.

Dr Merali is able to bring this experience to Hujjat safeguarding for the benefit of safeguarding the community

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