Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.  The NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) works closely with partner agencies e.g. health professionals, police, local councils and education to help keep adults and children living in our communities safe from harm.  

All NHS services and commissioned services have a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of unborn babies, children, young people and adults.

Children -There is a statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004 and in accordance with the Working Together Guidance “Working together to Safeguard Children” (2018) to safeguard the needs of children under the age of 18 years.

Adults - The Care Act 2014 came into force on the 1 April 2015. The Care Act 2014 sets out the legal framework for how providers should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

This page will help you to understand how the Integrated Care Board (ICB) works with its partners in Lancashire and South Cumbria to safeguard adults and children.

Our role in safeguarding is to:

  • Ensure the organisations we commission to provide health and care services maintain procedures to ensure the safety of people at risk of abuse and neglect
  • Ensure as a system and along with our place-based partnerships collaborate with the Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnerships (CSAPs) and Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs).  We will also work with the Community Safety Partnerships, communities, Advocacy Services, police and crime commissioners and third sector and voluntary organisations to safeguard people in our communities
  • Secure designated safeguarding professionals as experts and strategic leaders for safeguarding, children in care and the Mental Capacity Act (MCA)
  • Ensure clear safeguarding accountability and performance management arrangements are in place that will promote continuous improvement
  • Respond to safeguarding and mental capacity legislation that impacts on health care provision

The ICB executive chief nurse will be accountable for the statutory commissioning assurance functions of NHS safeguarding who is supported by the safeguarding directors, designated professionals and safeguarding teams working across our system and at Place to ensure and promote multiagency partnership working.  The organisation will support a “Think Family” population health approach to safeguarding, to prevent harm and promote wellbeing.

The ICB’s safeguarding team can be contacted by:


Telephone: 0300 373 3600

If you are concerned about the welfare of an adult or child, please make a referral via the links below:

Lancashire Children’s Social Care

Safeguarding children - Lancashire County Council

0300 123 6720

Westmorland and Furness

For concerns about a child in Barrow, Eden or South Lakeland:

What to do if you have concerns about a child or young person : Cumbria County Council

0300 373 2724​​​

Blackburn with Darwen

Child protection | Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

01254 666400

Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5.00pm  

Emergency out-of-hours (evenings and weekends) 01254 587547


Blackpool Council | Worried about a child | Child abuse reporting

01253 477299

North Yorkshire ​​​​​

Safeguarding children | North Yorkshire Council

Children Social Care

01609 780780 (also for out of hours)


Worried about a child? (

Children Social Care (24 hours)

 01942 828300


Children's Social Care (

Children Social Care

0151 934 4013 / 4481

Emergency Duty Team (out of hours)

0151 934 3555

Lancashire Adult Social Care

Are you concerned about a vulnerable adult? - Lancashire County Council

0300 123 6721

Out of Hours 0300 123 6722

Westmorland and Furness

For concerns about an adult in Barrow, Eden or South Lakeland:

Concerns about an adult | Westmorland and Furness Council

Contact Adult Social Care

0300 373 3301

Out of Hours: 01228 526690

Blackburn with Darwen

Get in touch | Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

01254 585 949

Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm excluding bank holidays.

Outside these hours, you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01254 587 547 with any urgent concerns.


Blackpool Council | Safeguarding adults

01253 477592

Emergency out of hours: 01253 477600

North Yorkshire

Safeguarding vulnerable adults | North Yorkshire Council

Adult Social Care (also for out of hours)

01609 780780


Report abuse/neglect of a vulnerable adult (

Adult Social Care (24 hours)

01942 828777


Adult Social Care (

Adult Social Care

0345 140 0845

Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) 0151 934 3555

In an emergency if a person is at risk of serious harm or needs immediate medical attention dial 999.


Lancashire Police   

Cumbria Police

Or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via

Prevent concerns - Call 101

Freephone Modern Slavery Helpline - 0800 0121 700 operates 24/7. This number provides support for those who may be victims of human trafficking.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247

Home | Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline (

ICB Safeguarding Policies

LSC Integrated Care Board :: Policies and procedures (

For additional information on key safeguarding topics, local policies/procedures please see the links below: 


Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP)

Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership - Safeguarding information, advice & guidance (


Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership : Cumbria County Council


Lancashire Safeguarding Adults Board - Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board

Home page (

LSAB Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Adults Home

Blackpool Safeguarding Adults Board


Please note the ICB safeguarding teams are unable to receive safeguarding referrals directly.

Safeguarding Annual Report

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