New Designated Safeguarding Lead Training

New to the Role Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training

KCSIE 23 states: ‘The designated safeguarding lead (and any deputies) should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. This training should be updated at least every two years. Training should provide designated safeguarding leads with a good understanding of their own role, how to identify, understand and respond to specific needs that can increase the vulnerability of children, as well as specific harms that can put children at risk, and the processes, procedures and responsibilities of other agencies.’

Schools Safeguarding recognise that all this can be extremely overwhelming for someone new to the role and that there is an awful lot to cover. We have therefore broken down this 2-day training course into manageable sessions which are interactive, informal and practical, providing new DSLs with a real opportunity to develop and consolidate the skills and knowledge they require to undertake this role in their setting. Training includes:

The Role and Responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Statutory Guidance
  • Policies
  • Training and Induction
  • Online Safety
  • Prevent
  • Record Keeping.

Recognising and Responding to all levels of Vulnerability and Concerns

  • Thresholds
  • Internal Support Systems
  • Early Help
  • Referrals
  • Escalation & Challenge

Specific Forms of Harm and How to Respond

  • Child on Child Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Exploitation
  • Honour Based Abuse
  • FII/PP

Additional Information

  • Meetings and Reports
  • Multi-Agency Working
  • SEND Safeguarding
  • Risk Assessments
  • Case Studies
  • Questions & Answers

Delegates will receive an accompanying DSL ‘toolkit’ following this training. Attendance at both days of this training is required in order to receive certification of appropriate DSL training from Schools Safeguarding. Following attendance at this training, delegates will be sent reminders to keep training up to date and within statutory timescales.

Bespoke In School DSL Training 15.11.23

"Absolutely brilliant - relevant, informative, personal to the school."


"As a result of supervision, the well-being and work performance of the whole staff team has really improved."

Training and Support

“Thank you for all the support you have given us all at our school recently. Last week's training for our DSL team was wonderful along with your support via the Safeguarding Support Line. We just all wanted you to know how much we value you and what a positive difference you have made to so many.”