At Blackburn College everybody is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where students feel safe and receive effective pastoral and safeguarding care, guidance and support.

We share the belief that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and foster this culture across the College. The College has a dedicated safeguarding team that promotes awareness of safeguarding issues and is always available to provide support to students, families and staff.

We are proud of the high quality and proactive support that is available for all students at Blackburn College, including tutorial and guidance and pastoral provision. The College strives to offer the very best education and training and recognises the importance of integrated safeguarding and support services as part of the student experience to enable students to achieve positive outcomes.

In line with statutory safeguarding guidance, the College has a designated safeguarding team (detailed below) and in addition there are several other colleagues with responsibility for safeguarding across College known as ‘safeguarding champions’.  This group of colleagues work closely together to provide effective safeguarding and pastoral interventions, care, guidance and support.

Meet the team

Andrew.jpgAndrew Pickles - Head of Safeguarding & Pastoral Support

Andrew has senior management responsibility for the safeguarding and pastoral service across the College. His role is to ensure that students are safeguarded and receive appropriate interventions and support. Andrew also has responsibility for tutorial and guidance which is integral to the College’s early help and approach to prevention and holistic safeguarding practice. 


undefinedFrancesca Keogh – College Safeguarding Practitioner

Francesca is the College’s dedicated safeguarding practitioner and works across College to offer support and guidance to students in need of safeguarding and protection. Francesca also contributes towards the College’s early help and prevention offer and is a visible proactive practitioner around the College campus. 


To contact a member of the safeguarding team please

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See our Safeguarding Policy