Outstanding safeguarding in Education

Become a confident designated safeguarding lead and a highly effective advocate for your students

Advanced training for designated safeguarding leads in schools and colleges (old Level 3)

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

This course is in line with:

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 case reviews to better protect children 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 students
      • 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 OFSTED 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
  • Key risks to children, including radicalisation, peer-on-peer abuse and exploitation
  • Adult safeguarding (colleges)
  • 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 organisation?

Intermediate and advanced level training

For further enquiries please contact Mark at:


020 8355 6834


“Fantastic, outstanding, up to date training from a very knowledgeable trainer.” Lyndsey D

“This course was far superior to similar courses I’ve done with other providers” EYFS Manager

“I came back on this course after 2 years because the practical advice I was given about making referrals really worked.” Secondary Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

“A very informative course, with an experienced tutor. The support I have received following the course has also been very helpful and I have now booked two more colleagues on a course.” Natalie L, DSL

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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 years due to its high value and practical content.

Does the course cover child or adult safeguarding?

The trainer tailors the course to the clients, which means it covers child protection and safeguarding in depth and adult safeguarding for colleges. Resources and activities are tailored to the respective groups who attend and the core themes are covered together.

Does the training cover new changes to safeguarding guidance and legislation?

The courses are constantly reviewed and updated to ensure the content is absolutely current. This is done monthly. In addition, the trainer shares lots of useful resources that can be used to implement safeguarding approaches in your school or college.

How interactive is the course?

The course is very interactive. Activities have been designed to provide opportunities to consider how you would deliver key elements of the DSL role in your school or college. There are lots of opportunities to ask questions and share scenarios.

Can you offer face to face training in our organisation?

Yes, we offer bespoke face to face training in your organisation. Just contact us ith your requirements.

About the trainer

Michael Hawkins is currently the school improvement lead for a large London local authority with responsibility for 100 schools and settings from Early Years to Post-16. He leads on education safeguarding for the local authority and works alongside professionals in education, health, child and adult social care and other agencies. This current and practical experience is reflected in the materials, activities and discussions in his safeguarding training. He has worked in education for over 30 years, in a range of London schools, for Local Authorities and in national roles. He has also worked internationally with schools and governments on safeguarding and school improvement.