Our Commitment To Safeguarding:

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Where it is believed that a child is at risk of or is suffering significant harm, the school will follow the procedures set out in the Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Procedures.

Working With External Agencies:

We have a statutory obligation to share information where necessary with other external agencies such as Social Care, the Police, NHS, Education Providers and other organisation where appropriate in the interest of safeguarding and keeping children from harm. The sharing of information between agencies is vital in keeping children safe and providing other organisations with necessary information regarding a child. No information would be shared unless vital to the interests of safeguarding a young person.

Operation Encompass

The Heights Blackburn participates in Operation Encompass. A Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which ensures that we are informed, prior to the start of the next school day, that there has been an incident of Domestic Abuse to which the child or young person has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on them in school the following day.

A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police. Our Key Adult is Miss Helen Morris. Our Deputy Designated person is Mr Junaid Musa they will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school makes provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The Key Adult will keep this information confidential, and will only share it on a need to know basis, for instance, to teaching staff for the child or young person. It will not be shared with other school students.

Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Helen Morris

Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Junaid Musa

Backup Designated Safeguarding Lead Ross Doohan

Helpful links

Think U Know – Website please click here

Brook – please click here 

Please click on the below button to access the CEOP page

CEOP button

Useful telephone contact numbers

  • Children’s Social Care MASH Hub: 01254 666991
  • Megan Dumpleton Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): 01254-585184
  • Kelly Lamster – Education Safeguarding Officer BWD: 01254 666991
  • Local Safeguarding Children Website: http://www.lscb.org.uk
  • Emergency Duty Team (Out of Hours): 01254-587547
  • Channel (to report concerns or seek advice about radicalisation) 01254 353591
  • Police: 101
  • Senior Designated Person: 01254261655

If any person wishes to report an instance of harm against a young person by a member of staff they should contact Helen Morris (SDP) on 01254 261655.

“The culture and ethos of the school encourages a caring and supportive environment in which learning and good behaviour can flourish.”