Safeguarding Children is Everybody's Responsibility
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It relates to a range of other aspects of care and education including:
- childrens’ health and safety and well-being, including their mental health
- meeting the needs of children who have SEND
- the use of reasonable force
- meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
- providing first aid
- educational visits
- intimate care
- online safety and associated issues
- appropriate arrangements to ensure childrens' security, taking into account the local context.
Are you concerned that a child is being abused or neglected?
If you are concerned about a child and you feel they are being abused, neglected or at risk of abuse/neglect, then you should consider making a safeguarding child referral.
Contact Blackburn with Darwen Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS) for confidential advice and consultation. Monday to Friday 08.45-17.00 please call:
If you are calling outside these hours please contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587547.
You can contact the Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Children Board by following this link:
You can also report your concerns online:
NSPCC Website: www.nspcc.org.uk
Or you can also speak to:
NSPCC 0800 800 5000
Childline 0800 1111