Designated safeguarding officer training

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£450 per person


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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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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