The safety and well-being of the children at Darwen St James’ is of utmost importance. Our Safeguarding Lead in school is Miss Peckson and the Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Miss Earp and Miss Lawson. These staff members have undertaken Designated Safeguarding Lead Training. Our Safeguarding Governor is Mr Upton.

All other members of school staff are regularly trained and updated in safeguarding and child protection. All disclosures from children or concerns from adults are taken seriously, recorded and investigated thoroughly. We work with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action taken to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.


As outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 it is clearly defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;

  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical 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.

 What is neglect?

Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child or young person's basic needs

This includes:

  • Food, clothing and shelter

  • A safe place to live

  • Love, care or attention

  • Education, health and dental care

Neglect is the most common form of child abuse.  It is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage to children and young people.

 What is child protection?

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.

 What is Operation Encompass?

Operation Encompass runs jointly between school and Lancashire Police. It has been created to address the need to report Domestic Abuse incidents experienced by pupils to their schools, in order to provide the support and nurture that they need when they need it most. By 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved, heard or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, will enable the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

At Darwen St James’ our Key Adult is Miss Earp.

For more information please contact Miss Peckson or go to:

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 Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 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:


You can also report your concerns online:

NSPCC Website:

Or you can also speak to:

NSPCC 0800 800 5000

Childline 0800 1111


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