The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) role is vital to keeping children safe. This Designated Safeguarding Lead Training for Schools and Colleges (DSL Training for Schools and Colleges) course has been written to ensure those new to that role, or those who are to perform the Deputy DSL role have the knowledge and skills necessary to take on these responsibilities with confidence.
The course covers the key aspects of legislation and national guidance that define the responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead, including Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018), Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018) and Ofsted’s Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings (2016).
The course also has an optional element to it. Should they wish to do so, delegates can purchase a follow up one to one workplace safeguarding support session for £200.00. If the delegate chooses this option, following the classroom based input they will receive a half day support session with the trainer within their own setting, which will provide the new DSL with an opportunity to review their setting’s current safeguarding arrangements with the trainer, identify any areas for development, discuss any ongoing uncertainties in relation to the role, and spend time becoming more familiar with procedures and arrangements for referral for their school’s local area. In addition, the new DSL will have the facility to contact the trainer for further support and advice on specific matters should they feel the need to do so for a period of three months following the support session. This facility can then be extended beyond three months for a further negotiated fee should the DSL feel that necessary.
DSL Training for Schools and Colleges course content
The one day course is delivered within four modules. The content of each module is as follows;
Module 1 – Legislation and Recognising Abuse
- There are two elements to this module. Firstly, we will look at the legislation and statutory guidance relating specifically to the role of DSL, and to safeguarding and child protection more broadly. Secondly, we will ensure delegates understand the different forms of abuse that may be encountered, and their possible signs and causes. This will include the broader risks that children and young people now face, such as radicalisation, ‘honour’ based violence,‘peer on peer’ abuse and ‘County lines’.
Module 2- Safeguarding Processes and Procedures
- The aim of this module is to look at processes and procedures used within safeguarding and child protection, both within the DSL’s own setting, and within the wider child protection and early help arrangements.
Module 3- The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
- The aim of this module is to look at the role and responsibilities of the DSL within their setting, including how safeguarding arrangements are assessed. This module includes the procedures for dealing with allegations against staff.
Module 4 – Practical Application
- The aim of this module is to build understanding of reporting procedures, decision making, record keeping, consent and confidentiality. This is done using scenario based exercises and learning from serious case reviews.
Designated Safeguarding Lead Training for Schools and Colleges:
This course is ideal for those who are new to the Designated Safeguarding Lead role, or deputy, and those who support Designated Safeguarding Leads, such as headteachers and principals. Governors with responsibility for safeguarding within their setting would also benefit from the greater knowledge this course provides.
Course cost: £195 per person (one day), or £395 per person (one day, plus half day one to one workplace support session, plus three month ongoing advice facility)
Maximum of 12 delegates per course. This course runs through the day but is not catered in some locations, look out for details of catering or dietary requirements in your confirmation so you’re not left hungry!
Course locations: our training centre is based in Studley, Warwickshire, close to the M42 with easy access across the West Midlands. We regularly deliver this course at our satellite centres in Worcester & Kidderminster in Worcestershire, as well as delivering directly with locations in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Rugby, Evesham, Redditch with others from as far afield as Oxford, Northampton and Milton Keynes.
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Did you know that this DSL Training for schools course can also be customised to your settings requirements? Visit our bespoke courses page for more information.
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