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Safeguarding and Child Protection

Lower Darwen Primary School Safeguarding Team

Key Personnel

Joanne Phoenix                Designated Safeguarding Lead, Assistant Headteacher, DSL in EYFS

Steven Cumbo                  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Headteacher

Kerry Murray                    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Headteacher and Online Safeguarding Lead

Caroline Dyrda                  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Behaviour Inclusion and Learning Support Manager

Leanne Sambrook            Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Behaviour for Learning Leader

Liz McDonald                    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Wrap Around Care Manager


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, as well as Child Protection and keeping children safe from deliberate harm, also covers others areas of school life; pupils' health and safety, behaviour for learning, attendance and punctualitymeeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions, first aid, educational visits, intimate care, internet safety and school security.

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 Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP) 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 on the NSPCC Website:   Or you can also speak to:

NSPCC 0800 800 5000

Childline 0800 1111

Policies and documents

All safeguarding documentation is read and understood (signed) by all the teaching staff, non-teaching staff and governors of Lower Darwen Primary School. 


The Leadership team are responsible for the recording, implementation and tracking of all statutory updates and training requirements. 

The headteacher and leadership team carry out induction meetings with newly appointed staff to ensure key messages, policies and procedures are followed.


The documents below (related to the safeguarding of children and child protection) are useful and can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant policy or document. On this page you can view our policy on children in our care (CIOC) and previously looked after children (PLAC). Click on the link 'Additional Safeguarding Information' at the foot of this page for information on our Prevent strategy and on-line safety.