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

Course duration: 1 day (6 hours)

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Key points:

  • Covers key statutory changes for 2018/19 
  • Up to date training and advice on Prevent, Female Genital Mutilation & Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Up to date training for DSLs and their deputies on making referrals, providing training and raising awareness inside their organisation
  • Rated by OFSTED inspectors specialising in Safeguarding as excellent on 3 occasions & 99% of attendees rate this course either very good or excellent
  • Required to be taken every 2 years

What is the course about?

This course will help you become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead in your organisation.  It will develop both your competence and confidence in carrying out the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). For experienced DSLs, you will have the chance to learn about changes in statutory guidance, see good practice resources from around the country and hear how other DSLs tackle safeguarding issues. The course is CPD certified and a certificate of attendance is provided.

Who is this course for?

This course is particularly useful for school designated senior staff, head teachers, school governors, leaders of youth organisations, managers, bursars, senior staff, –‘those responsible for safeguarding children within their organisation’. It is also useful for those who are involved in recruiting staff and volunteers safely.

What does the course cover?

This course provides advanced knowledge of child protection and will help you to recognise and know what to do if you believe that a child is at risk. The course aims to provide advanced information on reporting strategies, policies and procedures. It also covers: how to make your working environment safe for children, including safe practices; what to do if you believe that a child is at risk; who to approach or report to; what actions to take and which legislation applies in this area.

It will look at the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead, information sharing, confidentiality, consent and what we should expect from other agencies and enable you to take on the role in your organisation.

This one day course is in line with Ofsted’s Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings (2016), Ofsted Inspection Framework (2015) & Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016).

It will refer to the changes proposed for Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018).

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • describe the role of the designated safeguarding children officer 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
  • state 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.

About the trainer:

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.

Feedback from recent 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

“Very helpful, thanks”

JE – Head Teacher – Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy

“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

“Liked the group involvement”

SD – DSL – Winsor Primary, Newham


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