Designated Safeguarding Lead Training for School & Academy Staff

Designated Safeguarding Lead Training for School & Academy Staff

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the first point of contact for all safeguarding and child protection concerns in schools and academies.

Those undertaking this role, and their deputies, must be equipped to respond to concerns and know how to make referrals where appropriate. As the central point of contact for child protection, they are also responsible for guiding the practice of other staff members.

Completion of this course will ensure full compliance with expected national DSL training requirements.

Pricing and how to buy

Cost is calculated according to the number of staff you wish to train.

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Time to complete course
CPD points
Designated Safeguarding Lead Approx. 6 hours 11 6.0
E-Safety (including online safety) Approx. 2 hours, 15 minutes 7 2.5
  • Access anywhere 24/7/365
  • 3D animation, video & voiceover
  • Course notes
  • Training for individuals & groups
  • Includes support for all staff
  • Tracked for compliance
  • Downloadable CPD certificate

Compliance & CPD Certificate

Certificate Example

With content produced by our subject specialists and external accreditation by the CPD Certification Service, you can be confident that all your staff are trained to the very latest best practice standards and compliant with statutory requirements on inspection.

All CPD certificates attained are stored in your admin dashboard and fully accessible when you need them.

CPD Certified

Who should complete this training

Our training is applicable to the following educational settings: Primary Schools, Primary Academies, Secondary Schools, Secondary Academies, Private Nurseries, Maintained Nurseries, Public Schools, Free Schools, Pupil Referral Units, and SEND Schools.

To fulfil the latest HM Government statutory guidance, training is advised for the following roles:

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

  • All staff undertaking the role of DSL or Deputy DSL.

E-Safety (including online safety):

  • Teachers
  • LSAs
  • HLTAs
  • TAs
  • Support Staff
  • All new recruits in roles named above as part of the induction process
  • Named governors/ trustees for safeguarding & child protection
  • Volunteers

Course Material Preview

All our course content is authored by our safeguarding subject specialists and tailored to meet statutory and non-statutory guidance.

Course participation is maximised through our use of stunning 3D animation, providing an engaging experience for the learner.

What is covered in this course

Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Defining the full context of the safeguarding remit
  • Vetting and Barring arrangements
  • Overview of key legislation and statutory guidance
  • Duty of Care

  • School / Academy Policy
  • The role of the DSL
  • Data
  • Signs and symptoms of abuse

  • In this module we explore the key legislation and statutory requirements to guide your practice, with an introduction to legislation and statutory requirements within educational settings.

  • Key areas in the development of KCSIE 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

  • KCSIE 2022 and 2023.

  • Statutory document - Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools & colleges

  • Decision Making
  • Child Protection concerns
  • Assessment and referral processes
  • Multi-agency
  • Child Protection Plans
  • Case Conferences
  • Child in Need (CIN) Plans
  • the Early Help Assessment Process
  • Recording & sharing information externally
  • The DSL role in Critical Incident Planning

  • Domestic abuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Breast Ironing
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)

  • Forced Marriage
  • Honour Based Abuse (HBA)
  • Prevent Duty
  • Child-on-child abuse, including sexual violence and harassment
  • County Lines
  • Serious Violence
  • Forced Marriage

  • Legislation
  • The barriers to recognising abuse and neglect
  • Online safety
  • The DSL and SENCo roles
  • Behaviour and engagement
  • Key characteristics of SEND conditions commonly presented in educational settings

  • The purpose of an ICPC
  • Initial Assessment and Section 47 Enquiries
  • The role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)
  • Representation at the ICPC
  • Preparing and collating information
  • The ICPC meeting format
  • ICPC outcomes

E-Safety (including online safety)

  • What is E-Safety?
  • Key legislation.

  • Sexual content
  • Violent or distressing content, including: Online hate content; Harmful online challenges and hoaxes.
  • Value-based content, including: Terror and extremist content; Radicalisation online.
  • Biased content, including: Self-harm and suicide; Eating disorder content; Edited content; Misinformation and disinformation.
  • How to support and educate children and young people having viewed ‘harmful’ content.

  • Cyberbullying
  • Trolling
  • Sexual content including: Pornography;Sexting; Nude and semi-nude image sharing; Sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • Online Grooming.

  • The use of technology and risk including: An introduction to what children and young people like to do online and the technology they use
  • Social media (pupils & staff)
  • Online gaming
  • Livestreaming
  • Patterning
  • Digital footprints.

  • The Dark Web and the risks to children and young people that it poses.

  • Cyber security
  • Cyber-attacks.

  • Internet Use Policy and Acceptable Use Agreements
  • Roles and responsibilities in reducing the risk of online abuse.

What's your training style?

Staff can train individually by accessing their own training account or collectively as part of a group using Group Training Mode at INSET. Both of these options are included in our platform.

Benefits Individual Training Group Training
Certificates awarded to staff
Staff can complete training in their own time on their own device  
Staff can complete training as a group at INSET  
Find out more about Group Training

How does it work?

The Admin dashboard

Our system requires no complicated setup. From the Admin Dashboard simply copy and send an invitation email to your staff with the login details for your school or academy. Once your staff commence training, all progress, results and CPD certificates are presented in the Admin Dashboard as evidence of training.

The Training site

Staff complete a course individually via any PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet or as part of a group at INSET. Each course is made up of an engaging multimedia presentation created using 3D animation, comprehensive course notes and a fully tracked multiple-choice assessment. On completion, staff can view and print their CPD accredited certificate.

All courses are kept up-to-date with any changes in legislation or policy ensuring practice in your school or academy is compliant with current requirements.

Support for you and your staff

We are very proud of our customer service standards which are unrivalled, with full support for your staff, if needed, 7 days a week 8am until 10pm.

We have a 5 star LiveChat rating and always respond to support emails within minutes.

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Pricing and how to buy

Cost is calculated according to the number of staff you wish to train.

Please enter the number of users required and click on 'Calculate price'.

Please enter a number of users
The licence bracket for your selected number of users is:

You can pay by invoice or by credit card.

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