Safeguarding Policies

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All St. Aidan's 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 that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

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.

Who can I contact?

Blackburn with Darwen Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Contact Blackburn with Darwen Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for confidential advice and consultation. It is open Monday to Friday 8:45am-5:00pm. Phone number: 01254 666400

If you are calling outside these hours please contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587547.

Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Children Board

You can contact the Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Children Board by clicking on the link below:




Childline 0800 1111



You can also report your concerns online:

NSPCC Website:

Or by phone: 0800 800 5000