The requirements for Designated Safeguarding Lead training are ever changing due to the increasing demands of this role. As more and more schools work towards having a ‘team’ of Safeguarding Leads, we have adapted our training to accommodate this. We have gone ‘back to basics’ with our training for DSLs that are new to the role. The 2 DAY training will equip new DSLs with all the knowledge and skills they need in order to embark on this role in school. From September we will also offer a ‘Refresher’ 1 DAY DSL training which will cover any changes, updates or emerging issues. EITHER of these must be completed every 2 years. In addition to this, DSLs must update their skills and knowledge at least annually and so we will continue to offer additional DSL ‘modules’ which can be accessed according to area of responsibility that DSLs may have
NEW DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD TRAINING
KCSIE 22 states: ‘The designated safeguarding lead (and any deputies) should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. This training should be updated at least every two years. Training should provide designated safeguarding leads with a good understanding of their own role, how to identify, understand and respond to specific needs that can increase the vulnerability of children, as well as specific harms that can put children at risk, and the processes, procedures and responsibilities of other agencies.’
SCHOOLS SAFEGUARDING recognise that all this can be extremely overwhelming for someone new to the role and that there is an awful lot to cover. We have therefore broken down this 2 day training course into manageable sessions which are interactive, informal and practical, providing new DSLs with a real opportunity to develop and consolidate the skills and knowledge they require to undertake this role in their setting. Training includes:
THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD
Statutory Guidance, Policies, Training and Induction, Online Safety, Prevent, Record Keeping.
RECOGNISING AND RESPONDING TO ALL LEVELS OF VULNERABILITY AND CONCERNS
Thresholds, Internal Support Systems, Early Help, Referrals, Escalation & Challenge
SPECIFIC FORMS OF HARM AND HOW TO RESPOND
Child on Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Exploitation, Honour Based Abuse, FII/PP
Meetings and Reports, Multi-Agency Working, SEND Safeguarding, Risk Assessments, Case Studies and Q&A.
Delegates will receive an accompanying DSL ‘toolkit’ following this training. Attendance at both days of this training is required in order to receive certification of appropriate DSL training from Schools Safeguarding. Following attendance at this training, delegates will be sent reminders to keep training up to date and within statutory timescales.
DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD REFRESHER TRAINING
KCSIE 22 states: ‘The designated safeguarding lead (and any deputies) should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. This training should be updated at least every two years.’
SCHOOLS SAFEGUARDING recognise that the DSL role is different in every school and is ever changing and developing. With this in mind we have developed a ‘refresher’ style training session which is suitable only for DSLs with experience in the role. This training will provide opportunities for existing DSLs to update their safeguarding knowledge and skills, whilst also providing an opportunity to share best practice and discuss challenges of the role. This training session will be informal and is likely to change over the course of the academic year in order to keep abreast of current issues. The training will include:
UPDATES TO LEGISLATION, GUIDANCE AND LOCAL PROCEDURES
TRAINING, INDUCTION, RECORD KEEPING, INFORMATION SHARING, SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION REQUIREMENTS & SYSTEMS
NEW AND EMERGING SAFEGUARDING ISSUES
CHALLENGES & SUCCESSES
Delegates will be provided with updated resources and DSL certification upon completion of this one day training course.