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Designated Safeguarding Leads


Date: to be agreed with the host setting


Duration: Varies - dependent on course topic and attending group experience


Venue: In-house course


These events are for Designated Safeguarding Leads and Pastoral Care Leaders in education settings. The event is designed to ensure that they are up to date with the latest expectations for this role, aware of current policies and best practice.


The events are ideal for:


Headteachers and Deputy Heads

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Pastoral Care Leaders

Any members of staff who are a nominated reference point for colleagues with safeguarding concerns



We have designed three variations of this course:


New DSL’s Training

This one-day course is for newly appointed DSL’s, or those exepecting to take on this role shortly. It prepares participants for their role in understanding safeguarding expectations in schools and how to respond to concerns appropriately.


Experienced DSL’s Refresher/Update training

This half-day course is for experienced DSL’s and offers an opportunity to consolidate and refresh previous learning and introduce new requirements to ensure they are up to date.


Mixed Experience DSL’s training

This one-day course offers new DSL’s the opportunity to explore the role, expectations and responsibilities of the DSL in education settings enabling them to carry out their new duties effectively.  They are joined by experienced DSLs for the second half of the event who need to refresh and update their previous learning and explore current issues and any new policies and requirements.

Every educational establishment is required to appoint staff with a responsibility for safeguarding and child protection. They need to be able to take a lead in ensuring that relevant policies and protocols are up to date and that staff are aware of what they need to do to promote the welfare and pastoral care of children and young people.


This responsibility requires a well-grounded and confident understanding of current pastoral and safeguarding issues and how to apply statutory requirements. It is expected that safeguarding leads will refresh and update their learning every two years in line with Ofsted’s Safeguarding Children Briefing.


Benefits of attending this training:


Training by a facilitator who has many years’ experience in the education sector, is an accredited NSPCC trainer and an Ambassador for CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection)

A programme that is ideal for those who are refreshing prior learning

Limited group size to maximise the opportunity for discussion and sharing of experience

Training materials and resources that are up to date and relevant to current issues in an ever-changing environment

A training programme that exceeds the requirements of “Keeping Children Safe in Education” for designated safeguarding leads

Training that promotes best practice and professionalism



Course Outcomes: Participants will have:


Up to date practical knowledge about the role of the safeguarding lead

Developed their skills in knowing how best to advise staff about safeguarding and child protection concerns

Gained confidence in judging when and how to make effective referrals to statutory services

Considered how to work more effectively with other agencies


Testimonials from delegates who have attended this event:


  I feel better prepared to deal with any situation that arises at school and more confident that I'll do exactly the right thing

Very knowledgeable trainer. Material presented well and good discussions and reflective time planned in

  I left the course with a lot of new information that I can use to help and support families and students

  A thorough refresher and update on changes to safeguarding. Course booklet provides a really good source of reminders, resources and contacts.

  The course leader was brilliant and really well informed. I was expecting quite a dry day of information but I came away having really enjoyed my time and feeling much better educated and prepared

  Very up to date info given with many examples of good practice


Prior to booking your preferred course variant from the options. Please contact us, using the form below, so that we can discuss your preferred dates/availability and any other course details specific to your setting.


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