Designated safeguarding lead for schools and colleges training

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£450 per person


Face-to-face training for the designated safeguarding lead in your school or college in England

Gain the knowledge and skills required for a lead safeguarding role in schools and colleges based in England.

Delivered and facilitated by experienced professionals, this course will enable you to develop knowledge and skills in application of the role and responsibilities.

What will I learn?

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

  • describe the role and main responsibilities of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
  • 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 and staff from reporting abuse or concerns and how to overcome these
  • respond effectively to a child who has reported abuse and know what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised by others
  • know what is likely to happen following a referral to children's social care and what role the school or college has in the multi-agency child protection process, including case conferences
  • explain the issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
  • show an awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and identify ways in which a safeguarding lead can support staff

Benefits of the course

  • Led by expert trainers who cover key legislation and guidance around safeguarding children and young people.
  • Includes the opportunity to ask the lead trainer any questions you may have and receive direct support and guidance throughout the two days.
  • Provides valuable insight into the various aspects of a designated safeguarding leads’ role and the multi-agency child protection process.
  • Uses different teaching styles and involves participating in interactive exercises in a group setting.
  • Apply learning from the course to your organisation’s overarching policy and procedures.
  • Receive a personalised certificate of completion at the end of your training.
  • Take away resources to help you protect the children you work or volunteer with.

Who is this course for?

Designated safeguarding lead for schools and colleges in England is an advanced course for those who have previously attended an introductory level course in child protection.

People who have taken this course include:

  • designated safeguarding lead officers
  • vice principals
  • deputy heads
  • governors
  • those from early years education settings
  • those from schools and further educational organisations.

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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