Designated Safeguarding Lead

Schools Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Keeping Children Safe in Education states that:

  • The designated safeguarding lead and any deputies should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. The training should be updated every two years.

In response to recent feedback, Schools Safeguarding are shaking up the way DSLs are trained!

We now offer a “modular” approach to this essential and statutory training. Each module covers a specific aspect of the DSL role enabling participants to choose the areas of content that are most applicable to their role and setting. Modules will be added throughout the year and therefore DSLs are able to keep up to date with their training on an ongoing basis. Each session is half a day and will have its own certification and accreditation from CPD. These sessions will be available via video conferencing and face to face training. Please see our EVENTS PAGE for dates, venues and availability.

Module 1

Whole School Safeguarding Systems including:

  • Legislation, Statutory Guidance and Policies
  • Induction and Training
  • Record Keeping
  • Support and Supervision
  • Talking about safeguarding issues with children and parents

Module 2

Managing Referrals including:

  • Internal pastoral support systems
  • Early Help Assessments
  • Children’s Social Care

Module 3

Understanding and Managing Specific and Contextual Safeguarding Issues in the school including:

  • Online Safety
  • Prevent Duty
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding children with SEND
  • Child Criminal and Sexual Exploitation
  • Honour Based Abuse
  • Fabricated and Induced Illness

Module 4

Preparing for and attending Safeguarding Meetings including:

  • Report Writing
  • Attending Meetings including Early Help /Team Around the Family (TAF), Child in Need, Child Protection Conferences, Core Groups
  • Contributing effectively to Early Help, Child in Need and Child Protection Plans