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'Safeguarding is Everyone's business - Lancashire Women's Centres is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults.'

Staying Safe

Lancashire Women's Centres - Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding is Everyone's business -  Lancashire Women's Centres is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Lancashire Women's Centres aims to reduce harm and increase safety for those accessing our services, as well as their families and the wider community. Where possible we will contribute to and coordinate our priorities for safeguarding alongside those of Lancashire Safeguarding Children's Board's and Lancashire Safeguarding Adults Board's.

We recognise that in order to provide a safe and supportive environment for staff, volunteers and service users safeguarding must be part of our culture, values and actions.  We are committed to working together with both statutory and voluntary partners to ensure safeguarding remains a priority in the delivery of our services.

Our Safeguarding Champion at Lancashire Women's Centres is our Operations Manager, Penelope D'Souza, who can be contacted for any queries regarding safeguarding.

Our commitment to effective safeguarding is underpinned by the following:

  • Up to date safeguarding policies and procedures (see below for our Policies and Procedures)
  • Robust Risk Assessment processes
  • Clear reporting and communication systems and clear lines of accountability
  • An effective recruitment and vetting process and safer working practices
  • Clear guidance for staff and expected behaviours and standards (see below for our Staff Code of Conduct)
  • Staff training appropriate to role and continuous professional development in safeguarding
  • Appropriate supervision and support for staff and volunteers
  • Review and monitoring processes
  • Effective interagency information sharing

If you are worried about the safety and welfare of a child or adult at risk you can also contact the following local organisations:

Who to contact if you are worried about a child or an adult

In an emergency always call the police on 999.


For concerns regarding children in Lancashire:

  • Care Connect - 0300 123 6720 (8am - 8pm)
  • Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency


For concerns regarding children in Blackburn with Darwen:

  • Blackburn with Darwen Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub -  01254 666400 (8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday)
  • E-mail CYPReferrals@blackburn.gov.uk 
  • Out of Hours  - Emergency Duty Team - 01254 587547
  • Or contact the Police on 01254 512512 or dial 999


For concerns regarding adults in Lancashire:

  • Care Connect - 0300 123 6721 (8am - 8pm)
  • Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency



For concerns regarding adults in Blackburn with Darwen

  • Blackburn with Darwen Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub - 01254 585949 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Out of House  - Emergency Duty Team on 01255 587547
  • Or contact the Police on 01254 51212 or dial 999
Sources of further information and advice
Our Safeguarding Policy

Our Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy can be viewed here


Our Staff are committed to upholding the highest standards in order to minimise the risk of harm to all those who access our services. Our Staff Code of Conduct can be viewed here.

Our Safeguarding Champion, and who can be contacted for all queries or concerns regarding safeguarding, is: Penelope D'Souza, Deputy Chief Officer on 01254 583032.