Useful Links

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Safeguarding Information for Parents

Safeguarding Information for Parents

During School Hours:

If you have a concern about a child you can contact the school office during the school day and ask to speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads or your child’s pastoral manager.  The team are:

Mrs R Lewis – Vice Principal & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs L Harper - Safeguarding Officer & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms A Frain - LAC Safeguarding Officer

Mrs K Gould - SENDCO

Miss A Walsh - Head of KS3

Mr L McDonald - Head of KS4

Mrs K Taylor - Head of KS5

Miss M Byrne - Head of Year 7

Miss G Elliott - Head of Year 8

Miss K Spink - Head of Year 9

Miss K Haworth - Head of Year 10

Mrs W Storrie - Head of Year 11

Mrs C Barratt - Head of Year 12

Mr P Thompson - Head of Year 13

If you prefer you can send an email to:

Please refer any concerns you have, no matter how small you think they are.

Out of School Hours:

You can contact a member of the safeguarding team to report concerns outside of working hours via the numbers provided. Please note that during evenings, weekends, and school holidays our availability to support with concerns may not be immediate. We, therefore, ask that if you consider the situation to be an emergency, you refer to the contacts. Rachel Lewis - 07380 998361

Alternatively, if you have a concern about a child out of school hours you can call Blackburn with Darwen Children Social Care on 01254 666 400 and report it there. Alternatively, you can call 101. If you believe that it is an emergency then you call 999.

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Whatever you are going through a Samaritan will face it with you. Call 116 123 for free.

If you are a child or young person and are worried or feel unsafe then you can get help from Childline by calling 0800 1111 for free, or via 1-2-1 chat, between 7.30am and 3.30am every day. 

NEW Dedicated NSPCC helpline 0800 136 663

The new helpline will provide both children and adults who are potential victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals too.

Young Carers

At Darwen Aldridge Community Academy we are committed to supporting our Young Carers.

A Young Carer is anyone under the age of 18 who provides care for another family member, parent or sibling, be this practical or emotional that would normally be expected of an adult.  Care can include anything from helping with household chores, cooking, medical assistance, organising and supporting siblings and emotional support.  Most Young Carers do not identify as carers at first as they are caring for someone they love.

If you wish to talk about your child in this role please do contact the SLT lead for Young Carers – Mrs R Lewis (

Additional information is also available via:

Telephone : 01254 692709 or Email:

Additional Support

Please see below a range of links and resources which will provide you with information about key and current safeguarding risks to young people including how you can support them at home.

Online Safety

Online Safety – Lancashire Safeguarding

Online Safety – Fact sheet and guidance

Gaming – what parents and carers need to know

Parent Safe – Keeping your child safe online and beyond

Harmful Online Challenges and Online Hoaxes

Protecting young people from online sexual abuse

Staying Safe on DACA platforms

Microsoft Teams

Conversation Starters - Online Content

DACA student tips for staying safe online

What parents/carers need to know about YUBO

What parents/carers need to know about instagram

What parents/carers need to know about omegle

What parents/carers need to know about youtube

What parents/carers need to know about tiktok

What parents/carers need to know about whatsapp

What parents/carers need to know about snapchat

What parents/carers need to know about facebook

Staying safe on DACA platforms

Online Safety Shareables

Mental Health 

Mental Health advice for parents

Mental Health Support Teams

Online mental health advice and support 24/7 with Kooth

Looking after your mental health

Young People and Self Harm

Anna Freud support for children and families

Meditation app 'Headspace'

Suicide prevention

How to Tell if Social Media Is Harming Your Mental Health

Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Harmful Sexual Behaviours

Harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people – What parents need to know

Protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation

Talking to your child about online pornography

Supporting positive sexual behaviour

Protecting young people from online sexual abuse


Key Safeguarding information

Online Radicalisation

Where’s the Harm? – A guide for parents to keep children safe

The Lancashire and Cumbria autism support hub

How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine

Adverse Childhood Experiences

NSPCC Parents Leaflet

War and Conflict- talk to your child

Parent Safeguarding Bulletins

Autumn Term 1 Bulletin

Autumn Term 2 Bulletin

Spring Term 1 Bulletin

Spring Term 2 BulletinSummer Term 1 Bulletin

Summer Term 2 Bulletin