My Image

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. We work with schools, colleges, training and apprenticeship providers.

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 (2019) & Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019).

This course provides advanced knowledge of safeguarding and child protection for lead staff in schools, colleges and training providers and will help you to recognise and know what to do if you believe that a child/ adult 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 you have 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​​​​​​​

  • Recruiters for children education settings

Who Should Attend?

What people said about our courses:

  “Fantastic, outstanding, up to date training from a very knowledgeable trainer.

  Lyndsey D, Jan 2019

  “This course was far superior to similar courses I’ve done with other providers

EYFS Manager, Feb 2019

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

  JM - Asst Principal - BHASVIC, Brighton

  “I came back on this course after 2 years because the practical advice I was given about making referrals really worked.

   Secondary Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Sept 2018

  “A very informative course, with an experienced tutor. The support I have received following the course has also been very helpful and I have now booked two more colleagues on a course.

Natalie L, DSL Jan 2019

  ““An excellent and useful course. A lot of information given with a really excellent range of resources.

Staff Development Lead, Sept 2018

  “Amazing opportunity to share best practice – Michael was happy for us to share experiences and gave us the space and time to do so. Fabulous!

                   Centre Manager, June 2018

  “The course was easy to follow and gave us clear, practical advice about what we needed to do.

                  Apprenticeship Training Provider, Jan 2019

  “If only we’d come on this course before our Ofsted!"

Headteacher, June 2018

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

Agenda

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.

   About the trainer: