All staff and volunteers have a duty to keep students safe and to protect them. They must feel able to raise issues of concern and everyone must fully recognise their duty to do so particularly in terms of child protection.

Safeguarding Team at LAB

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs C Lindars
  • Senior Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Ms E Smith
  • Designated Child in Care Support: Ms E Windsor-Stokes
  • Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Mr D Morrison, Mr J Ritchie, Ms A Phillips, Mr J Cowie and Ms R Garcia
  • Medical Lead: Ms N Reid
  • Online Safety Lead: Mr O Hughes
  • Leigh Academy Blackheath’s Safeguarding Governor: Mr J Haxell

If you have any concern about a safeguarding issue please speak to the appropriate person or email

If you believe that a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call the academy, or call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some this is not the case. During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do the best they can to protect them from future harm.

Anyone who is concerned about a child’s safety or wellbeing can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). The MASH is based at 1st Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ. 

  • Consultation line (for professionals only): 020 8921 2267
  • Telephone number for referrals: 020 8921 3172
  • Referrals or other communications via secure Email: or faxed to 020 8921 3180.

The MASH is operational during office hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Referrals outside office hours are handled by the Out of Hours Social Worker who can be contacted on 020 8854 8888.

Online Safety

Leigh Academies Trust and each academy within it works to establish and maintain an environment in which all young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected in both the real and virtual world. Young people are encouraged to talk and are listened to if they are worried, and their concerns are taken seriously and acted upon appropriately. All academies strive to develop effective and supportive links with other agencies to further promote the well being of each student.

Safety in the online world is an ever evolving proposition, so for parents and teachers it can prove to be a challenge to stay on top of technological developments, and to know how best to raise children in a safe and flourishing environment.

The website below aims to offer some guidance and to connect you with industry professionals who support you in this endeavour.

National Online Safety

Useful Links

Greenwich Safeguarding Children Partnership logo
Greenwich safeguarding Children Partnership
National Domestic Violence hotline
National Domestic violence hotline
Gov Peer-on-peer abuse blog
NSPCC logo
NSPCC - Harmful sexual behaviour
Children's society logo
The Children's society
National Online Safety logo
National Online Safety
Every Mind Matters logo
Every Mind matters
antibullying alliance logo
Anti-bullying alliance
Kidscape logo
Childline logo
YoungMinds logo
Young Minds