Leigh Beck Junior School is committed to safeguarding children. We work closely with all multi-agencies to ensure that children are protected from risk of emotional and physical harm or risk of harm, or at risk from neglect.

The school takes student welfare and safety very seriously, and takes action to reduce all kinds of harm including: abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. We also promote a culture where children and adults feel confident to share their concerns about their own or others’ safety and wellbeing.

All Leigh Beck Junior School staff receive regular safeguarding training, and we continue to ensure that our staff, governors, parents/carers and students work together to keep children safe.

The school’s safeguarding leads are Toyah McHiggins (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Nicola Leggett (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead). They can be contacted on 01268 683037 and

If you are concerned about the immediate safety or wellbeing of a student, contact Essex County Council on 0345 603 7627 and ask for the Children and Families Hub Priority line. (OUT OF HOURS Phone: 0345 606 1212)

If you believe that a child is in imminent danger, please contact the police. Dial 999.

For more details on how we safeguard students at Leigh Beck Junior School, view our Safeguarding policy here.

Keeping Safe

At Leigh Beck Junior School we do a lot of work on supporting our children in aiming to keep themselves safe in our world.

Our curriculum contains input on:

  • Road Safety
  • e-safety or internet safety
  • Relationships and trusted adults
  • ‘Stranger danger’
  • ‘Life Skills’

We link with other agencies such as our local PCSO and others who can support us in delivering clear messages of actions our children can take to keep themselves safe.

We record all incidents which concern us and inform parents / carers and multi-agencies as necessary and in line with our Safeguarding Policy. 

If you are worried about a child, what might you be worried about? 

What is child abuse and neglect?

Some abuse may happen because parents, carers or other adults act in ways which harm children. Other kinds of abuse occur when adults fail to take action to protect children or fail to meet a child’s basic needs.

There are four main types of abuse:

Physical Abuse
This may involve hurting or injuring a child by hitting, shaking, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.

Emotional Abuse
Persistent emotional ill treatment of a child. It may involve telling children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.

Sexual Abuse
Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. It may also include non-contact activities such as involving children in inappropriate sexual activities.

Persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, which is likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.

Witnessing domestic abuse is also harmful to children.

What might make you concerned?

There are many possible signs of abuse ranging from physical injury to changes in behaviour.  In some cases a child may tell you that they are being harmed. Alternatively you may witness an incident either between a parent and a child or a professional or volunteer working with children, which causes you to be concerned.

What to do if you are concerned about a child?

Adults have a responsibility to share any concerns they have, even when they may have some doubts as to whether a child is being harmed.
If you are concerned about a child speak to someone. This might be a health visitor, nursery staff, teacher, family doctor, social worker or police officer. 

You can contact the school, via the link shared above. Alternatively, or outside of school hours, the following links might be helpful. 

For the Essex Safeguarding Board, please click here

For the NSPCC, please click here.

For Childline, please click here

Online safeguarding

If you are worried about something online or something involving you online, you can report it here.

For reporting terrorist or extremist material online, please click here to report.

If you suspect Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) of a child please inform the police. If you have concerns around risk, please inform the school Safeguarding Team or the Essex Safeguarding Hub by calling 0845 603 7627 or via the details on their website.

Leigh Beck Junior School is committed to safeguarding children. We work closely with all multi-agencies to ensure that children are protected from risk of emotional and physical harm or risk of harm, or at risk from neglect. We follow stringent procedures for the recruitment of staff and for visitors entering our school. Our site is monitored by CCTV and there is a high staff presence at all times in the school day. We also have regular patrols by community multi-agencies, such as our local police.