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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.

Part of the college’s safeguarding duty includes protecting vulnerable individuals from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. This is called the ‘Prevent Duty’. Prevent is a government initiative aimed at stopping people becoming involved with, or supporting violent extremism.

The government has defined extremism as: “vocal or active opposition to British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”. The college shares and promotes these values across our community.

We share the belief that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and foster this culture across the college. All staff are responsible for safeguarding students. There are, however, key staff within the college with specific responsibility and skills to provide interventions and ensure the safeguarding policy and process are followed.

Find out more about safeguarding services locally and nationally.

What we do as a college

  • Have clear policy and procedures in place
  • Employ a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Prevent Lead
  • Make sure all of our staff working for, or on behalf of the College, are suitable to work with young people carrying out all the relevant checks
  • Actively encourage students and staff to raise any concerns they have
  • Take all concerns seriously, act upon them, and offer full support both through college and specialist services
  • In college we have a Safeguarding Practitioner and an Intervention  Worker
  • Train all of our staff in safeguarding and Prevent at a level appropriate to their role on an ongoing basis
  • Deliver sessions in tutorials covering a range of subject areas around safeguarding

In line with statutory safeguarding guidance, the College has a Designated Safeguarding Team (detailed below). This group of colleagues work closely together to provide effective safeguarding interventions for all students at the College.

Meet the Safeguarding Team

If you need to contact a member of the Safeguarding Team please call 01254 292424 or email

Read our Student Safeguarding Policy 2023-2024

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Matthew Robinson

Director of Student Support and Experience (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

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Rachel Birleson

Head of Student Experience (Operational Safeguarding Lead) 

Shagufta Ali

Shugufta Ali

Safeguarding Practitioner (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Jayne Horsfall

Jayne Horsfall

Safeguarding Intervention Worker


Zara Heffernan

Prevent and Safeguarding Intervention Worker

Sajeda Mangera

Sajeda Mangera

Safeguarding and Pastoral Support Officer

Francesca Keogh

Francesca Keogh

Safeguarding Intervention Worker