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Designated safeguarding officer training

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From £450 per person

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

The NSPCC’s Designated safeguarding officer (DSO) courses will support you in carrying out your DSO responsibilities and protecting children and young people. The courses are  suitable for anyone working in the voluntary, charity, social enterprise or private sector in England.

Not in England? See our courses for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Choose our core or advanced training

Designated safeguarding officer training (core)

Are you new to a DSO role or looking for DSO training?

This course will help you familiarise yourself with the DSO role and its responsibilities and develop your confidence in recognising, reporting and recording concerns about a child or young person.

You’ll learn about:

  • key safeguarding and child protection legislation
  • what measures need to put in place to support children, young people, staff and volunteers
  • applying a national standards framework to your safeguarding.

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Designated safeguarding officer training (advanced)

Are you an experienced DSO and want to build on your existing knowledge to maintain a strong safeguarding culture within your organisation?

This advanced course will help you:

  • deal with complex safeguarding and child protection concerns and needs
  • ensure your organisation maintains a safeguarding culture
  • evaluate the effectiveness of your organisation’s safeguarding measures.

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If you are unsure about which course to book, email for more help.

Benefits of the course

  • Covers the information you need to successfully fulfil your responsibilities in the designated safeguarding officer role.
  • Learning is underpinned by key legislation and guidance and uses the most up-to-date materials and resources available.
  • 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.
  • Train alongside peers and share your ideas, experience and learning.
  • Incorporates various learning activities, including practical and interactive exercises to help you learn.
  • Dedicated and neutral learning space so you can learn without distraction.
  • Range of further information and resources available at the end of the training 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.

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We deliver both our DSO core training and DSO advanced training courses face-to-face on location and virtually via Zoom.

If you are unsure about which course to book, email for more help.

Choose an option from the drop down list below to complete our booking form.

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