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.

 

DSL TRAINING MODULE 1

MANAGING CONCERNS AND REFERRALS

This module is ideal for new or inexperienced DSLs but would also be of benefit to experienced DSLs who manage concerns and make referrals. The training includes:

  • Speaking with parents and pupils about safeguarding issues including having difficult conversations

  • Managing safeguarding concerns internally and with the support of other universal services

  • Working with other services to provide Early Help, including undertaking assessments (CAFs)

  • Making referrals to Children’s Social Care and the Police for Children in Need and Children in Need of Protection from Abuse including Online and Peer on Peer.

This training is available both remotely and face to face.

Lunch is included on face to face training if attending Module 2 on the same day.

 

DSL TRAINING MODULE 2

CONTRIBUTING TO SAFEGUARDING MEETINGS

This module is ideal for new or inexperienced DSLs but would also be of benefit to experienced DSLs who manage attend or facilitate meetings and produce reports. The training includes:

  • How to prepare for and contribute to Safeguarding Meetings including:

  • Early Help / Team Around the Family (TAF) Meetings

  • Child in Need Meetings

  • Strategy Meetings / Discussions

  • Child Protection Conferences

  • Core Group Meetings

  • Report writing for safeguarding meetings

  • Writing and contributing to children’s plans at all levels of the Continuum of Need

This training is available both remotely and face to face.

Lunch is included on face to face training if attending Module 1 on the same day.

DSL TRAINING MODULE 3

WHOLE SCHOOL SAFEGUARDING SYSTEMS

This module is ideal for DSLs with strategic responsibility such as Headteachers or experienced DSLs. This module focusses on ensuring systems are in place that help create a culture and ethos of safeguarding. This module includes:

  • An explanation of the DSL role and how this works in practice

  • Gaining an understanding of Legislation and Statutory Guidance and how this impacts on school policies, procedures and practice

  • The statutory requirements relating to Safeguarding Induction and Training and how to meet and evidence these

  • How to ensure good quality record keeping and get the most out of your record keeping system

  • How to support staff with safeguarding issues including developing supervision

This training is available both remotely and face to face.

Lunch is included on face to face training if attending Module 4 on the same day.

DSL TRAINING MODULE 4

SPECIFIC AND COMPLEX SAFEGUARDING ISSUES

This module is ideal for new or experienced DSLs to increase awareness and understanding of those aspects of safeguarding that are new or complex in their presentation. The training includes understanding and managing:

  • Fabricated or Induced Illness and Perplexing Presentations

  • Honour Based Abuse including Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage

  • Modern Slavery and Child Trafficking

  • Any other school safeguarding issues that DSLs wish to discuss including;

    • Cases that don’t meet threshold

    • Professional Disputes / Disagreement

    • Contact issues

This training is available both remotely and face to face.

Lunch is included on face to face training if attending Module 3 on the same day.