Designated safeguarding officer training

Last updated: 04 Sep 2018
About this course

Training for anyone responsible with receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people

Our training course will help you gain the skills to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with in a designated child safeguarding role.

Taught by experienced professionals, you will learn how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child.

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£450 per person
2 day face-to-face training course

Course content

In this classroom-based course, you’ll learn how to:

  • describe the role and main responsibilities of the designated safeguarding children officer
  • state your own values regarding child abuse and the impact of these on professional practice
  • describe the key legislation and guidance that determines your organisation’s policy for child safety and welfare
  • decide what steps your organisation needs to take to look after the safety and welfare of the children and young people it comes into contact with
  • identify the barriers that prevent children from reporting abuse
  • know how to respond effectively to a child who does report abuse
  • understand the barriers that prevent staff from reporting concerns, and how to overcome them
  • make the right decisions about what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised
  • know what’s likely to happen following a referral to children's social care
  • explain the issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
  • show an awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and identify a network for personal support
  • talk about your organisation’s overarching policy and procedures.

This course is CPD certified.

Who's this course for?

Designated safeguarding officer training is for those who have a responsibility to coordinate the response to safeguarding concerns within their organisation, and support others in doing so.

You must have previously attended an introductory level course in child protection, and have a role in liaising with other agencies involved in child protection, especially children’s social care.

People who have taken this course include:

  • child care groups
  • professionals and volunteers from commercial and community organisations

This course doesn’t provide full training for people who work in a statutory agency. 

Note for health professionals:  This course sits outside of the intercollegiate document levels required for health care staff. However we can deliver Level 3 and 4 training to your health organisation.

Want to commission specialist training?

If you are interested in training for a statutory agency or health named professionals, please call 0116 234 7246 or email

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£450 per person
2 day face-to-face training course


"Very good, both trainers seemed very knowledgeable and willing to cater to our individual queries and concerns."

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"Greatly improved my understanding and knowledge."

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"I feel much more confident about rolling this info out to others."

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"I have learnt a lot from this event. It has given me a great insight into what the front line staff and managers may be dealing with on a day to day basis."

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"I feel more confident in dealing/supporting front line staff with incidents or concerns about safeguarding."

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"Trainers were very knowledgeable and provided accessible info."

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Other courses

Designated safeguarding officer refresher course 

Designated safeguarding lead for schools and colleges in England course 

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£450 per person
2 day face-to-face training course

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Pre-course requirements

This is an advanced course for those who work in the non-education sector and have previously attended an introductory level course in child protection. Please confirm the following before applying for this course:

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