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Excellence in the Role of Designated Safeguarding Lead

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This new course is essential for any DSL who wants to be not merely compliant but wants to establish a culture of safeguarding, within their setting. This role has grown in recent years and there is now an urgent need to meet the welfare needs of learners in these challenging times. There is also a requirement to ensure that your practice is contextualised and that it reflects the local situation. You will leave this course with many practical strategies to develop safeguarding within your school or college. We you will also spend time looking at the most common pitfalls and learn how to overcome these, using lessons learned as powerful drivers for change. This course will empower you to be proactive in your management of safeguarding and to anticipate need in order to alleviate risk.


  • Understanding the current safeguarding priorities
  • Developing how contextual safeguarding can inform your practice
  • Learn how to train your staff to ensure that they see safeguarding as their duty
  • How to educate learners to understand safeguarding and their role within it
  • Walk away with practical strategies to implement in your setting
  • Understand what systems are the most effective to protect learners


What makes an outstanding and effective DSL?

10.00 – 10.45am
  • Understand the history of safeguarding and why key legislation was introduced
  • Learn about KCSIE guidance and how you can ensure you are wholly compliant
  • Top tips for how to effectively manage referrals and avoid common pitfalls
  • Develop ways to assess safeguarding risks and mitigate against them
  • Understand the importance of the single central record
  • Understand what outstanding transition management is and learn how to achieve it

Creating a successful culture of Safeguarding in your school

10.45 – 11.30am
  • Learn how to use safeguarding data analysis to inform your work
  • How to use whole college CDP to build an understanding and appreciation for safeguarding
  • Practical ways to engage with local agencies to further protect learners
  • Develop practical ways of raising awareness with parents and carers
  • Using effective learner voice tools to inform safeguarding practice
  • Learn how to involve Governors and key agencies in your planning


Morning Break

10.30 – 11.50pm

Dealing with different types of abuse

11.50 – 12.45pm
  • How do you ensure that big topics ‘land’ with students e.g. sexual harassment recommendations from Ofsted
  • Learn what you should be doing as a result of the Government commissioned report from Ofsted
  • How to use print and digital media to support students with disclosure
  • Making sure that parents and carers are up to date and aware
  • Understanding the prevent duty and knowing how to implement the guidance



12.45 – 1.45pm

Working with external agencies

11.50 – 12.45pm
  • Developing effective DSL hubs to further protect learners
  • Moving to digital recording platforms for safeguarding and understanding the benefits for all
  • Working with SLT to make sure that your whole school and college strategy aligns with your learner needs
  • Understand the importance of effective recording
  • How to use ‘lessons learned’ to inform practice


Afternoon Break

2.30 – 2.45pm

How to deal with the impact and stresses of having to make hard, sometimes momentous/life changing decisions on the DSL

2.45 – 3.15pm
  • Develop practical ways of dealing with the emotional burden that can accompany this role
  • Learn about supervision services and how this can support you and your team
  • Working collaboratively with Senior leaders and Governors to reduce stress
  • Understand how to involve all staff in the culture of safeguarding – “it takes a village….”
  • Top tips for providing evidence that demonstrates staff are aware of all safeguarding needs and measures employed to mitigate them

How to deal with the impact and stresses of having to make hard, sometimes momentous/life changing decisions on the DSL

3.15 – 3.45pm
  • Develop practical ways of educating and supporting learners with:
  • British Values
  • Prevent strategy
  • Bullying and coercive control in relationships
  • sexual harassment , sexual violence and harmful sexual behaviour
  • Declining Mental health
  • Cost of living crisis


London | Thursday 16 November 2023

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London | Thursday 16 November 2023

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


  • Teachers aspiring to the role of DSL
  • DSL leads new in post
  • Heads of Pastoral
  • SLTs responsible for Safeguarding


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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