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.


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:

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Tara Reid

Claire Beach

Acting Head of School

Lead DSL

Izzy Reid-Mackay

Assistant Principal

Deputy DSL

Tara Reid

Family Support Worker

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 Mrs Beach, Mrs Reid - Mackay, or Miss Reid 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

If you have any concerns regarding the safety and welfare of a child who is at Heatherbrook Primary Academy during the half-term holiday - please email Emails will be checked daily.

Should you need to report an urgent safeguarding concern please contact Children’s Social Care on 0116 4541004. For an emergency safeguarding concern please dial 999 or 101 and speak to the police directly. 

If you are a pupil please send us an email to If you need help, support or need to talk to someone urgently, remember you can call Childline at any time and no cost on 0800 11 11


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