Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy’s first priority is the welfare and safety of our children, families and staff. We are committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding at all times.  Please read the information below so that you are aware of how to raise any concerns that you may have about a child or adult.

Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our children are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to their welfare.

All concerns must be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead ( Mrs D Simpson) in the first instance, but remember, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and ANYONE can make a referral.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm.  It relates to aspects of school life including:

  • pupils’ health and safety
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • educational visits
  • intimate care
  • internet or e-safety
  • appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local contex

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:

01254 666400

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:

The Safeguarding Team

Mrs Donna Simpson

Mrs Donna Simpson

Headteacher - Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead
Mrs Amanda Whittingham

Mrs Amanda Whittingham

Deputy head and Deputy DSL
Mrs Helen Lavery

Mrs Helen Lavery

SENDCO and Deputy DSL
Mrs Nasim Khan

Mrs Nasim Khan

Pupil Wellbeing Co-ordinator - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Ms Maggie Beck

Ms Maggie Beck

Governor with responsibility for safeguarding

Important Documents and Policies

Guidance for Schools

Online Filtering

In school we use an online filtering system called Light Speed. Each week the head teacher receives a report from Light Speed that where necessary, will highlight any inappropriate searches, inappropriate websites and which machines attempted to access these sites and when. From time to time the safeguarding team will perform their own searches which they know would be flagged up via Light Speed to check the system is functioning appropriately and is keeping our children as safe as possible. We recognise that homes do not have this level of filtering in place which is why it is incredibly important that parents know what their children are accessing and when. Below is more information about school filtering and keeping up with children online.

7 Minute Briefings

Staff regularly receive safeguarding updates; some in the form of 7 minute briefings. Below are two that we received recently.

Important Contacts and Phone Numbers

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of your child or a child you know or an adult you should act without delay:

  • Emma Boyle. Local Authority Designated Officer 01254 666723
  • Leanne Romney. Prevent Education Officer, Blackburn with Darwen 01254 585270
  • Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnership
  • Children’s Advice & Duty Service (CADS)-  01254 666400
  • Emergency Duty Team (Out of hours) –  01254 587547
  • Childline – 0800 1111
  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0800 800 5000
  • Adult Safeguarding Team-  01254 585949
  • The WISH Centre – 01254 260465
  • Karma Nirvana -Supporting Victims of Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage tel:08005999247
  • National Modern Slavery Helpline – 08000 121 700
  • Crimestoppers –  0200 555 111
  • 24 HOUR Domestic Abuse Line – 0202 2000 247
  • Drug and Alcohol Service – 01254 495014
  • Relate –  0300 100 1234
  • Lancashire MIND – 01257 231660
  • Respect and Men’s Advice Line – 0202 802 4040

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