Designated safeguarding officer training

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

For more information, contact us on 0116 234 7246 or email learning@nspcc.org.uk.


Course content

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

  • describe the role and main responsibilities of the designated safeguarding officer
  • state your own values regarding child abuse and neglect, and the impact of these on professional practice
  • describe the key legislation and guidance underpinning child safeguarding
  • identify the barriers preventing the disclosure of abuse and ways to overcome these barriers
  • identify factors that can render children more vulnerable to abuse and neglect
  • make appropriate decisions about the action to take in response to child safeguarding concerns or allegations against staff or volunteers
  • explain what happens following a referral to the relevant investigating agencies, as well as the implications for the DSO role
  • explain what measures an organisation needs to have in place to prevent the perpetration of sexual abuse, or to respond to survivors of sexual abuse
  • explain the principles of recording and sharing information, including the importance of confidentiality, with regards to safeguarding concerns and allegations
  • demonstrate an awareness of the emotional dimension of safeguarding work and identify a network for personal support
  • identify any additional steps that your own organisation can take to strengthen its safeguarding arrangements.

This course is CPD certified.


Book now

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

For more information, contact us on 0116 234 7246 or email learning@nspcc.org.uk.


Reviews

"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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Designated safeguarding officer refresher course 

Designated safeguarding lead for schools and colleges in England course 

Managing allegations of abuse training


Book now

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

For more information, contact us on 0116 234 7246 or email learning@nspcc.org.uk.


Who is this course for?

Who is 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 the intercollegiate documents levels required for health care staff. Please contact us for further information.

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

Why NSPCC training?

Why take your training with the NSPCC?

At the NSPCC, we work to keep children and young people safe from abuse and neglect every day.

As the UK's experts on safeguarding and child protection, we understand the issues organisations and people working with children can face. That’s why professionals trust us to provide the support, training and resources they need to help protect the children and young people they work with.

Our highly-rated training courses are developed by experts. We work with a number of organisations, experienced consultants and subject matter experts in a range of sectors to develop courses that are clear, easy-to-use, up-to-date and in line with the latest statutory guidance, and tailored to your needs.

And as a charity, income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.

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

Dates and locations

Dates and location

Forthcoming dates and locations for Designated safeguarding officer training.

Leeds - 12-13 May 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, LS1 4BR
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London - 15-16 June 2020
NSPCC Head Office, Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH
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Leicester - 29-30 June 2020
NSPCC National Training Centre, 3 Gilmour Close, Leicester, LE4 1EZ
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London - 27-28 July 2020
NSPCC Head Office, Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH
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Leeds - 8-9 September 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, LS1 4BR
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Leicester - 16-17 September 2020
NSPCC National Training Centre, 3 Gilmour Close, Leicester, LE4 1EZ
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For training in Wales, see our Designated safeguarding person in Wales course on our Child protection and safeguarding training in Wales page.

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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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