Designated Safeguarding Lead Training for Schools and Academies

Designated Safeguarding Lead Training for Schools and Academies

Fully updated in line with KCSIE 2023, this course is designed to support staff undertaking the DSL role and provides a firm foundation in Safeguarding and Child Protection practice.

Fully updated and compliant with the statutory requirements of KCSIE, this is the most efficient and cost-effective way to attain full CPD accredited knowledge necessary for this specialist role.

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

What is covered in this course?

Practical Aspects Part 1
  • Defining the full context of the safeguarding remit;
  • Vetting & Barring arrangements;
  • Overview of key legislation & statutory guidance;
  • Duty of Care.
Practical Aspects Part 2
  • School / Academy Policy;
  • The role of the DSL;
  • Data;
  • Signs & symptoms of abuse.
Legislation Part 1
  • An introduction to legislation and statutory requirements within educational settings;
  • Working together to safeguard children.
Legislation Part 2
  • Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) and the historical development of this guidance.
Legislation Part 3
  • The latest version of Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2023.
Legislation Part 4
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools & colleges.
Practical Aspects Part 3
  • Decision making, defining low level needs, emerging needs, complex needs, Child Protection concerns;
  • Assessment and referral processes;
  • Multi-agency Child Protection processes;
  • Recording & sharing information externally;
  • The DSL role in Critical Incident Planning.
Thematics Part 1
  • Domestic abuse;
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM);
  • Breast Ironing;
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE);
  • Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE).
Thematics Part 2
  • Forced Marriage;
  • Honour Based Abuse (HBA);
  • Prevent Duty;
  • Child-on-child abuse, including sexual violence and harassment;
  • County Lines;
  • Serious Violence.
  • 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.
Preparing for an Initial Child Protection Conference (ICPC)
  • 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 (included as a separate course which must also be completed)
  • Cyberbullying
  • Victim Behaviour
  • Legislation
  • Radicalisation
  • The Dark Web
  • Online Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Online Child Financial Exploitation
  • Sexting
  • Online Profile Management
  • Cybercrime
  • Internet Use Policies
  • School/Academy Responsibilities
  • Best Practice

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:

  • All qualified Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)
  • All staff who deputise for DSLs
  • All staff new to the DSL role

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 via any PC, Mac, Smartphone or Tablet. 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.

Time to complete course
Course video duration
CPD points
Designated Safeguarding Lead Approx. 6 hours, 5 minutes 4 hours, 46 minutes 6.0
E-Safety (including online safety) Approx. 2 hours, 10 minutes 1 hour, 37 minutes 2.5
  • Provides a training audit trail to evidence compliance with statutory requirements on inspection
  • Stores CPD certificates for future access
  • Fully CPD accredited

Includes access to selected Safeguarding Webinars.

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