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Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?

 

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

 

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

(NSPCC)

Our Safeguarding Team

 

All staff, including temporary staff and volunteers are subject to stringent background checks including clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure     their suitability for working with children.

 

Our safeguarding team is made up of the following staff:

Jen Mitchell Helen Bendell Adam Taylor

Jen Mitchell

Senior DSL

safeguarding@heatherbrook.leicester.sch.uk

Helen Bendell

Deputy DSL

 

Adam Taylor

Deputy DSL

 

If you have any concerns about a child's safety or well-being, you can contact the office who will direct you to Miss Mitchell, Miss Bendell or Mr Taylor who are our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). You can also speak to them directly if you see them on the playground.

Out of School Hours Safeguarding

safeguarding@heatherbrook.leicester.sch.uk

Please be aware that during the school holidays and times when the school is closed, you are still able to inform us of any child protection concerns you may have.

Emails can be sent to:

 

safeguarding@heatherbrook.leicester.sch.uk

 

This email address will be checked regularly and we will respond as swiftly as 

possible.

 

However this is not an emergency contact. If you have an immediate concern and feel that a child is at risk of significant harm or danger please contact the police. You can also contact Leicester City Council Children's Social Care and Early Help who will be able to offer further advice and guidance.

They can be contacted on (0116) 4541004.