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Advanced Safeguarding Course for DSLs!

We provide safeguarding and child protection training for staff working in education. We offer both face to face and online training packages for schools, colleges and other settings across the UK.

Locations across the UK or call 0208 355 6834 to ask us to provide safeguarding training at your site.

Advanced Safeguarding & Child Protection Course for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) 

  Course duration: 1 day (6 hours)

This one day course is in line with Ofsted’s Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings (2018), Ofsted Inspection Framework (2018) & Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018).

This course provides advanced knowledge of safeguarding and child protection for lead staff in schools and/or colleges and will help you to recognise and know what to do if you believe that a child is at risk. This was previously known as a Level 3/4 course.

This course will help you:

  • Become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead in your organisation

  • Develop both your competence and confidence in carrying out the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

  • Learn about changes in statutory guidance

  • See good practice resources from around the country

  • Hear how other DSLs tackle safeguarding issues

We are proud to confirm this course is CPD certified and 99% of attendees have rated this course either very good or excellent.

You will learn to:

  • Understand the role of the designated safeguarding lead and state key areas of responsibility

  • Describe the key legislation and guidance affecting our response to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare

  • State your own values regarding child abuse and explain the impact of these on professional practice

  • State the barriers inhibiting children from disclosing abuse and respond effectively to a child who does disclose

  • State the barriers to staff reporting concerns and develop methods of overcoming them

  • Make appropriate decisions about the action to take when informed of a range of concerns about child or young person

  • Explain the issues in connection with recording and sharing of information, including that of confidentiality, and state how a referral to children’s social care should be made, including managing differences of opinion

  • Understand what is likely to happen following a referral to children’s social care and the role the school or college has in the multi-agency child protection process

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the emotional dimension of safeguarding work and identify ways in which the designated senior person can support staff.

  • Any Designated Safeguarding Lead or deputy (DSL)

  • Senior staff

  • Head teachers

  • School governors

  • Leaders of youth organisations

  • Managers

  • Bursars

  • Senior staff

  • Recruiters for children education settings

Who Should Attend?

What people said about our courses:

  “Good to understand it from an OFSTED angle”

  SC – DSL – Harris Academy, Greenwich

  “An excellent course with key information & lots of practical tips”

DW - Head Teacher - St John Fisher, Coventry

  “I have been on many but this was easily the best Safeguarding course I've been on”

  JM - Asst Principal - BHASVIC, Brighton

  “Excellent discussions”

JP - Deputy Head - Woodlands Primary, Redbridge

  “Materials provided are excellent as a  reference and to share back in school. Venue excellent, presenter very  knowledgeable and engaging.”

JB - Head Teacher - All Saints CofE, West Bromwich

  “Interesting to see the diversity of issues now being dealt with in schools”

DS - Head Teacher - Woodside Primary,  Croydon

  “Everything was specific to Education so very , very relevant”

                   LP - Asst Head Teacher - Lozells Primary, Birmingham

  “Enjoyed discussing the various scenarios and sharing best practice with other schools”

                  AT - Keir Hardie Primary, Newham

  “Very useful handouts & training materials. Really appreciated the tutor's knowledge  and
    practical advice”

KC - Deputy Head - Deepdene Primary, Brighton

Courses monthly in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton

• Roles and responsibilities of DSL
• Carrying out the role of DSL:
     ○ Managing referrals
     ○ Multi-agency working
     ○ Reporting & information sharing
     ○ Handling disclosures
• Key risks to children, including Prevent, honour-based
   violence and exploitation
• Training & awareness raising
     ○ Sharing good practice resources
• Changes in statutory guidance
• Policies & procedures
     ○ Managing allegations
     ○ Safe recruitment
     ○ Staff code of conduct and safer working practice
• Action planning/ next steps


Michael Hawkins has worked in education for over 20 years, in a range of London schools, for Local Authorities and in a national role. He has held a number of positions involving safeguarding vulnerable children. He has held responsibility for safeguarding refugee, SEND and Looked After Children for schools and an inner London Local Authority. He has worked alongside multi agency teams to promote safeguarding practices in schools, training teachers, pastoral leaders and senior leaders.

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