Safeguarding Adults

Become a confident designated safeguarding lead and a highly effective advocate for adults in your setting

Advanced training for designated safeguarding leads (Level 4)

To save you time, this course is offered either weekly online live by Zoom or face to face

This course is in line with:

  • The Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Human Rights Act 1998

How will this Safeguarding training help me to become more a confident Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)?

  • Explore how DSLs fulfil their role in different settings
  • Learn how to use safeguarding laws to make effective referrals
  • Share insider tips from social workers and others on writing effective referrals
  • How to use learning from serious adult reviews to better protect young people and adults
  • Learn from the advice of a wide range of current professionals on effective multi-agency working
  • Learn how to challenge inaction and protect your vulnerable adults
  • Share good practice resources that DSLs can use day to day
  • Hear how other DSLs tackle safeguarding issues
  • Constantly updated and current materials
  • Ensure your organisation is CQC compliant

The syllabus (aligned to local safeguarding partners’ criteria): 

  • Roles and responsibilities of DSL
  • Carrying out the role of DSL:
  • Managing referrals
  • Multi-agency working
  • Reporting & information sharing
  • Handling disclosures
  • Adult safeguarding
  • The Care Act (2104), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Human Rights Act (1998) 
  • 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

Prefer bespoke training for your setting?

Intermediate and advanced level training

For further enquiries contact Mark at:

or call 0208 355 6834

Frequently asked questions

How long does the training last?

It is a one day course, 6 hours in total.

Is the course certified?

Yes, it is CPD certified and recognised as official Designated Safeguarding Lead training.

Is this training for new or experienced Designated Safeguarding Leads?

This training is for all safeguarding leads and their deputies. The activities in the training are designed to help everyone reflect on their work. Many DSLs have retaken the training after 2 year due to its high value and practical content.

About the Trainer

Michael Hawkins has worked in education for over 30 years, in a range of London schools, for Local Authorities and in national roles. He has held a range of positions involving safeguarding vulnerable children. He has held responsibility for safeguarding refugee, SEND and Looked After Children for schools and inner London local authorities. He has worked alongside multi-agency teams to promote safeguarding practices in schools, training teachers, pastoral leaders and senior leaders.

He is currently the education improvement lead for secondary and post-16 education in a London local authority. He works alongside safeguarding professionals in education, health, social care and other agencies. This current and practical experience is reflected in the materials, activities and discussions in his safeguarding training.