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Designated child protection lead (DCPL) in Scotland training

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£310 per person

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Face-to-face / Virtual
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Face-to-face training for anyone responsible for receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people

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

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

Not in Scotland?

See our courses for England, Northern Ireland and Wales

What will I learn?

During this training course, you'll learn how to:

  • outline the key responsibilities of the designated child protection lead role
  • state your own values regarding abuse and maltreatment and the impact of these on professional practice
  • describe the government legislation and guidance that underpin child protection policy
  • apply the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) National Practice Model approach to protect and support children and young people
  • develop an organisation-wide strategy to ensure the safety and welfare of those with whom it has contact
  • explain the factors that inhibits the disclosure of abuse and respond effectively to someone who does disclose
  • explain the factors that prevent staff reporting child protection concerns, and how to overcome these
  • take appropriate actions when informed of concerns, including concerns regarding staff or volunteers
  • state what is likely to happen following a referral to the relevant investigating agencies and what further role they may have
  • explain the issues in connection with recording and sharing of information, including that of confidentiality
  • display awareness of the emotional side of child protection work and build a personal support network.

Choose your learning style

This training course is available face-to-face or as a live virtual training session, to support a range of learning styles.

Both options are taught by experts and feature the latest legislation, guidance and best practice. So you can choose to learn on location in a dedicated learning space or from the comfort of your own home or office.

Want to commission bespoke training?

If you are interested in training for your organisation, please call 0116 234 7246 or email​

Benefits of the course

  • Delivered by expert trainers who are at hand to answer any questions you may have as you go along.
  • Choose your training style: live virtual sessions with an expert trainer or face-to-face on location.
  • Covers the information you need to successfully fulfil your responsibilities in a designated child protection role.
  • Content is kept up-to-date and in line with key legislation and guidance, including the GIRFEC National Practice Model.
  • Train alongside peers and share your ideas, experience and learning.
  • Take part in a number of practical and interactive exercises, including group discussions and presentations.
  • Dedicated and neutral learning space so you can learn without distraction.
  • Resources to take home to help you protect the children you work with.
  • Personalised certificate of achievement upon completion of the course.
  • Income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.
of our customers would recommend NSPCC training
* We received 39,176 evaluation forms from people who had taken our elearning and face-to-face/virtual live training courses between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. 38,394 (98%) said they would recommend the course they had taken.

Book onto live virtual training

We deliver this course virtually via Zoom.

Use our drop down list to choose a date and be taken through to our booking form.

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"Excellent course. Learned lots from various learning materials and styles. Day went really fast and I found it enjoyable."

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