Designated safeguarding officer training

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Price

From £450 per person

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Format
Face-to-face
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Locations
England
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Face-to-face training for anyone responsible for receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children

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.

If you have previously attended a DSO course and want to refresh your skills, see our DSO refresher training

Not in England?

See our courses for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

What will I learn?

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.

Choose how you want to learn

DSO training 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.

Benefits of the course

  • CPD certified.
  • 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 on Zoom with an expert trainer or face-to-face on location.
  • Covers the information you need to successfully fulfil your responsibilities in the designated safeguarding officer role.
  • Learning is underpinned by key legislation and guidance.
  • Train alongside peers and share your ideas, experience and learning.
  • Take part in a variety of learning activities, including practical and interactive exercises.
  • Income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.
  • 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.
99%
of our customers would recommend NSPCC training
* We received 29,902 evaluation forms from people who had taken our elearning and face-to-face/virtual live training courses between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. 29,503 (99%) said they would recommend the course they had taken.

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
  • local authorities
  • 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. If you’re looking for a similar course, you can take a look at our Level 4 safeguarding training for named health professionals.

Your learning options

All NSPCC Learning courses are up-to-date with the latest information about legislation, guidance and best practice and provide a certificate of achievement.

And it doesn't stop there. As the UK's experts on safeguarding and child protection, we have a range of further information, training and downloadable resources to help you protect the children you work with.

Benefits of live virtual training

  • Remote sessions delivered live by expert trainers.
  • Share your ideas, experience and learning virtually with participants from a wide range of sectors and organisations.
  • Receive real-time feedback.
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home or office.
  • No travel costs.
  • Participate in interactive exercises and get direct support and guidance as you learn.

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Benefits of face-to-face training on location

  • Delivered by expert trainers.
  • Share your ideas, experience and learning with participants from a wide range of sectors and organisations.
  • Learn in a dedicated learning space, without distractions.
  • Participate in interactive exercises and get direct support and guidance as you learn.

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Technical requirements for live virtual training

We use Zoom Pro to deliver our live virtual training.

  • You’ll need to sign up to Zoom and agree to the Zoom Privacy Notice in order to attend virtual training.
  • No confidential or sensitive data should be shared during the virtual event.
  • In order to take your training securely and for the best possible experience please use Zoom version 5.0 or above.
  • We recommend installing the latest version of your web browser before beginning your course. Prior to the event, you can test your internet connection at https://zoom.us/test
  • Your trainer will contact you prior to your training date with details of how to login on the day of your session and setting up Zoom. You can also visit the Zoom website for technical support.

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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We deliver this training courses face-to-face on location and virtually via Zoom.

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