If you have a concern about a child being abused or neglected, you can contact the Children's Services Support Hub and request to speak to an early help officer or a social worker to discuss concerns on 0300 123 6720 or out of hours on 0300 123 6722. For day to day advice and guidance contact the Early Years Safeguarding Officer on 07909 001430.

The NSPCC website has lots of useful, up to date and easy to understand information and advice about the signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse.

Safeguarding training

We offer two safeguarding courses specifically targeted to meet the needs of the early years workforce. 

The Introduction to Safeguarding training is now virtual (with an optional live Q&A element). This allows for flexibility for practitioners accessing the course.


There is a basic awareness raising e-learning course entitled 'Safeguarding Children Levels 1 and 2 v2'  (takes approximately 4 hrs to complete) and can be found via the Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership.

Jargon buster

Below is a list of common acronyms and abbreviations we may use within our day-to-day practice:


The following are some recording formats that you can use within your setting:

Prevent duty

There has been some recent updates to the Prevent Duty risk assessment templates for use within early years, schools and further education settings. The link below provides guidance on how to complete a risk assessment with separate templates for each type of education environment. The use of these templates is not mandatory, but the guidance does refer to statutory requirements of the Prevent duty.

Prevent duty: risk assessment templates - GOV.UK

For further information read the Prevent duty statutory guidance on GOV.UK, and the Prevent 7 minute briefing (PDF 871KB). Local referrals to:

Services and information

Have you visited the updated Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP) website? This has moved from the original place that was known as Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board. There is a wealth of information that can support you in safeguarding children and young people in Lancashire. For example, 7 minute briefings, learning and development opportunities as well as local updates and resources.

The CSAP website is aimed at providers in the localities of Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire. As a provider you are responsible for keeping your knowledge of how to keep children safe as up to date as possible. The CSAP website offers you that central hub to access this information at your fingertips.

The website can be shared far and wide to ensure any staff members you may have are keeping up to date. Consider using aspects of the website such as the e-learning section as part of your whole team continuous professional development or as part of the induction process.

Remember, all this information is local to your area and therefore relevant to the children and young people you welcome to your setting. All these resources are free.

Find everything you need here on the new Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership website.

Designated Lead Practitioners/Managers must contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) when they receive an allegation or concern about a person who works with children.

On 6 September 2021 Early Help Assessment replaced the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) across Lancashire.

Early Help Assessment e-learning is available to access via Astute e-learning.

The Children and Family Wellbeing Service (CFW) offers early help and support to children, young people age 0-19+yrs (0 - 25yrs for SEND) and their families across Lancashire. The service responds as early as possible when a child, young person, or family needs support.

The focus of the service is to provide support at level 2 or 3 on the Continuum of Need and is for those who have complex or intensive needs where we consider the provision of early help will make a positive difference.

CFW practitioners are able to offer practical support on a whole range of issues which may be affecting individuals or the family. Support is generally offered through a network of neighbourhood centres as well as in the community or in the family home. They also work with children, young people, parents (and parents to be) through group programmes, activities, and drop-in support.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events that happen in childhood and can affect people as adults. They include events that affect a child or young person directly, such as abuse or neglect. ACEs also include things that affect children indirectly through the environment they live in. This could be living with a parent or caregiver who has poor mental health, where there is domestic abuse, or where parents have divorced or separated. ACEs can be single events, long-term or repeated experiences.

The Little Book of Adverse Childhood Experiences

A small group of front-line practitioners have developed Little Book of ACEs (PDF 1.02MB) to inform practitioners about what ACEs are, what their immediate effects are and how they can affect children in the short-term and throughout their lives.  The resource offers some case study examples and discusses a number of different methods developed to manage the effects of ACEs and to prevent them occurring in the first place.

The impact of Covid-19 and adverse childhood experiences (ACES)

According to a research article conducted by Children in Need. Covid-19 has had an impact on our children and has been recognised as an Adverse Childhood Experience for all children.

Eight impact themes were reported:

  1. Isolation: children and families missed personal connections, relationships and support from trusted adults and peers outside the home.
  2. Increased emotional wellbeing and mental health challenges: the pandemic impacted on existing mental health and new issues emerged for children and their parents. Anxiety, fear and stress are particular concerns.
  3. Pressure on family relationships: families were under pressure, from difficulties coping with stress and worry to crisis. Conflict and difficult relationships increased, whilst respite for children and parents reduced.
  4. Increased exposure to harm: children faced increased risks both within families and outside the home, e.g. with increased time online and being unable to access safe spaces.
  5. Basic needs were harder to meet: children and families faced hunger and increased financial hardship. Digital access became a basic need in lockdown.
  6. Reduced access to education & activities: children lacked the stimulation, development opportunities, structure & positive engagement these can bring.
  7. Risks to physical wellbeing: children’s physical wellbeing was at risk through reduced nutrition or physical activity for fitness and for those with health conditions, from the pandemic itself.
  8. Concern for the future: children, young people and families are concerned for the future, such as education transitions, loss of jobs or risks to job prospects and financial status.

For further information on ACEs see the Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership website.

Learning and development

This section provides resources and information to enhance safeguarding knowledge within everyday practice as a childcare practitioner.

A guide to safeguarding children in Lancashire

Quiz - Working well with children and families in Lancashire

The ten minute quiz on the Astute e-learning platform is based on the 'Working Well with Children and Families in Lancashire' guidance.

This quiz can be completed to further enhance knowledge in a variety of ways for example: as part of an induction process, a general refresher or within a team meeting to contribute to continuous professional development.

If you have any technical problems accessing the quiz please contact:

A 10 step guide to sharing information to safeguard children

The Information Commissioner's Office has created a 10 step guide on data protection considerations when sharing personal information for child safeguarding purposes. It aims to help you feel confident about sharing information when you need to safeguard a child or young person at risk of harm. It does not tell you how to safeguard children and young people, but it does give you practical advice on data protection as part of the safeguarding process.

ICO: A 10 step guide to sharing information to safeguard children

Safer Sleep for baby

Each year around 200 babies will die unexpectedly before their first birthday. Many of these deaths are classified as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or cot death, which usually happens when babies are sleeping.

As childcare practitioners you are well placed to highlight to parents and carers the importance of a safe sleep environment for babies.

The website Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP) - safer sleep has lots of resources that are easy to download and share including: the Six Steps to Safer Sleep, a video and posters to display within your setting.

The Lullaby Trust website - how to reduce the risk of SIDS for your baby also has additional information that may be useful to best support families.

'Focus On' briefs

The 'Focus On' briefs link to elements of safeguarding as highlighted by Ofsted during inspections. They are available to use as a resource prior to inspection and also day to day in ensuring you are meeting all safeguarding obligations.

Safeguarding Suitcase - Pack what you need

The Safeguarding Suitcase includes a mixture of resources that can be used to support the ongoing learning and development of childcare practitioners. The activities will help promote confidence and knowledge as an individual practitioner or can be used for a whole team learning together.