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At Bickerstaffe Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Every child has a right to be cared for and protected. Protecting children is everyone's responsibility.  The governing body has a duty of care to all pupils and members of the school community. We ensure that there are consistent and effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place to support children, families and staff at school. We are committed at Bickerstaffe to provide a safe and supportive environment in which children feel nurtured and they can develop and grow into a responsible adult. 

As a school our aim is to work together to safeguard children by: 

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children's health and development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to ensure all children have the best outcomes.

The best interests of the children will always be our priority. At times we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with the child's parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move wouldn't be in the child's best interest. 

Our Safeguarding Team

  • DSL: Kirstin Carlin (Headteacher)
  • Deputy DSL: Aimee Wilson (Currently on maternity leave)
  • Deputy DSL: Alice Hunter 
  • Safer Recruitment: Paula Downing
  • Link governor: Kim O'Brien 

Raising a concern:

Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small you think they are you should report them to someone you trust will listen. 

If you are concerned about the safety of a child please contact one of our safeguarding team. 

If your concern is urgent please contact the the Lancashire Safeguarding Team

LCC School Safeguarding Officers

01772 531196

MASH – Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

0300 123 6720

0300 123 6722 between 5.00pm - 8.00am

  • Childline - 0800 11 11
  • NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000

If a child is in immediate danger, call the emergency services using 999.

Bickerstaffe Primary School has a commitment to Operation Encompass and informing all stakeholders of the initiative.

The lead person for Operation Encompass is Kirstin Carlin.