This practical new course is designed to help further develop and advance your leadership styles and behaviours to effectively take on roles at both senior and middle leadership levels and make them your own. It is designed for people who have been in management positions for at least three years or more and aims to advance your leadership tool kit of styles and behaviours and to be able to implement them appropriately, confidently and effectively according to different situations.

We’ll take some best practices, academic theories and experiences from within the teaching world and from further afield to create a discursive, thought provoking day. We’ll take time to explore and discuss the advanced skills needed to engage those around you, both managing practicalities of getting the job done, and inspiring your team to work with you to achieve goals.

There will also be some emphasis how you can develop resilience to protect yourself and thrive under pressure. This course can also be brought into your school, and tailored accordingly, if required.


  • Exploring the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Understanding the difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection and how to act accordingly;
  • Understand your Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy- what is non-negotiable?
  • Look at the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ agenda and how to build a robust a robust response to the issues that it has highlighted.
  • Carry out a Safeguarding audit of your policies and procedures for your GB and the LA.
  • Explore key challenges and prioritise concerning the safeguarding training of staff.
  • New approaches to responding to Ofsted post-pandemic.

Online Thursday 17 February 2022

London Thursday 19 May 2022

  • This course is running for those staff that are new to the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • aspiring DSL’s
  • Other staff responsible for safeguarding
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an in-school course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 10.45am: Key challenges for a newly appointed Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Developing your understanding of the post of DSL and why, arguably, it is the most important role in the organisation (outside that of the head teacher);
  • Understanding the difference between your role in safeguarding and child protection and how to act accordingly.
  • How do you ensure that there is no ‘implementation gap’? Making sure all staff are fully aware of their responsibilities.
  • Understanding yourself, developing your own emotional wellbeing and knowing when to switch off; Who is looking after you?
  • Making sure that you understand the importance of good teamwork in safeguarding.
  • Preparing for the effects of increased time spent on cyber & social media during lock-down e.g., aggravating poor mental health, decreasing confidence and exposure to grooming

10.45 – 11.00am: Break

11.00 – 11.30pm: Key issues around safeguarding

  • Is the ‘voice of the student’ is the student being heard in school? Exploring how to put the child at the ‘centre of the school’
  • Understanding and developing your knowledge of contextual safeguarding and its importance in safeguarding children and young people.
  • Looking at the rise in mental health concerns as a consequence of the pandemic and what steps should be taken to tackle those concerns.

11.30 – 12.30pm: Addressing the threat of sexual violence and harassment in schools.

  • Toxic masculinity in schools, what steps should you take to address this issue?
  • Child Criminal Exploitation and Child Sexual Exploitation, understanding the key issues
  • Diagnostics – recognising the signs of exploitation e.g. county lines
  • Do you know if your school is safe? Carrying out a safeguarding audit in school. Who to audit and how best to do so – measuring your school against outstanding safeguarding criterion
  • Making sure you know the context of your own school, what are the issues facing your school, especially in the light of recent safeguarding issues such as sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools and colleges.

12.30 – 13.30pm: Lunch

13.30 – 14.30pm: implementing the new safeguarding reforms.

  • Knowing when to refer the concern – where your duty begins and ends
  • How to implement the new changes effectively
  • Promoting an integrated safeguarding approach across the school
  • Ways to be constantly aware and not taking your eye off the ball- avoiding complacency.
  • Counteracting fear: removing obstacles to reporting concerns

14.30 – 15.30 pm: Meeting the requirements for Ofsted in relation to Safeguarding

  • Knowing what are the key safeguarding issues that OFSTED may look at.
  • Ways to evidence that you have effective strategies in place.
  • Exploring where strategies may not be effective and ways to overcome this.
  • Ensuring all staff are aware of their role in Safeguarding according to Ofsted.

Eugene O’Reilly

Eugene has over 20 years’ experience as Designated Safeguarding Lead in a large urban, high performing secondary school. He has a comprehensive and sustained experience of dealing with a range of complex safeguarding cases in addition to leading a safeguarding team with multiple DSLs and a wider cohort of senior and middle management staff.