Safeguarding Links

Where a child is at risk of immediate/significant harm, then please phone the police and Children's Social Care on 0300 123 6720 without delay.

Thinking Creatively to safeguard d/Deaf and disabled children and young people (NSPCC)

One group of children and young people whose safeguarding needs can be overlooked are those who are d/Deaf and disabled.

The NSPCC website has recently added information and resources to help understand the risks, developing policies that include young people’s views and reflect on the relevant legislation.

Find the information here:

What does d/Deaf mean?

Deaf (with an upper case ‘D’) generally denotes someone who was born Deaf, and predominantly uses British Sign Language and culturally identifies with the Deaf community.

deaf (with a lower case ‘d’) refers to someone who has become deaf over their lifetime and identifies with the hearing community. They will tend to use hearing aids or lip-reading

Find further information here:

Safeguarding of Deaf children (SignHealth)

Deaf children can miss out on the key messages about abuse given through mainstream media and by word-of-mouth.

They cannot access information in the same way as their hearing peers, so deaf children and young people are largely unaware of support networks, or even what constitutes abuse.

Deaf children can be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect, and they are much more likely than hearing children to develop social, emotional or behavioural problems.

The Deaf Health Charity, SignHealth, report that they are increasingly working with deaf young people who have experienced extreme forms of abuse, particularly Asian girls.

Deaf Children and working together. NDCS

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) advice to Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) on the social care needs of children and young people who are deaf when developing or reviewing their threshold policies.

Find out more information here:

Pants' Video in BSL (NSPCC)

The NSPCC's successful PANTs campaign is designed to allow parents to start easy conversations with their children without having to mention scary words like sex or abuse.

It teaches them that their privates are private and that their body belongs to them.

The NSPCC has created a video in British Sign Language with subtitles and aim to teach

deaf children about the Underwear Rule and encourages them to share secrets that upset them with a trusted adult.  

You can find the video here:

Scroll down the page to find the PANTS Video Guide for Deaf children.

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs (DfE) 

Perhaps the most controversial topic areas taught in school are those around sex, sexuality and gender. 

The DfE has published an FAQ document for parents to help them understand the forthcoming changes in statutory RSE from September 2020.

The FAQ can be found here:

Keeping Children Safe in Education in other languages (LGFL)

All schools must ensure that all staff have read Keeping Children Safe in Education (Part 1). In our diverse schools, some staff may be more comfortable reading in their first language.

Click here for the latest copy:

London Grid for Leaning has translated Keeping Children Safe into a number of other languages:

The translations can be found here:

Safeguarding children with communication needs (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)
The RCSLT have produced a fact-sheet 'Safeguarding children with communication needs' which can be downloaded here:

Lancashire Childrens Safeguarding Board

With information on online Safeguarding, Key Guidance & Policy Documents, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Assessments and Support for children, young people and families.

Access the information here:

Lancashire Children's Safeguarding Board update ...

The Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board ceases to exist with effect from 29th September and in its place will be the new Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP). 

Resources and training are still available for you to access and all pages and documentation will be updated in due course.

Please see the uploaded document for more information.

Early Help

Working Together to Safeguard Children reminds us that providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. It states that:

"Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child's life; early help can also prevent further problems arising. The guidance outlines that effective early help relies upon local organisations and agencies working together to:

  • Identify children and families who would benefit from early help;
  • Undertake an assessment of need for early help;
  • Provide targeted early help services to address the assessed needs of a child and their family which focuses on activity to improve the outcomes for the child."

Early help may be offered to children and families in Lancashire assessed as having unmet needs..


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