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Designated Safeguarding Lead

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This course has been certified by The CPD Certification Service

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) training course is designed to ensure all staff undertaking the DSL role in schools and academies have a clear understanding of the safeguarding remit, particularly Child Protection, and how this transfers into best practice to ensure legislative and duty of care requirements are fully met.

As with all elements of our safeguarding suite, the course is supported by a sound knowledge base and practice examples. Our accredited CPD solution will ensure provision is safe, secure and there is a culture of vigilance.

The course will enable DSLs to develop robust systematic processes and procedures and embed a culture of collective responsibility, essential to keep children, young people and adults safe. This includes accurate identification of concerns (including CSE, FGM, HBV, Forced Marriage and radicalisation), effective responses and the multi-agency strategies to provide protection and therapeutic support.

How our training works

Our system has been designed to make safeguarding training in schools and academies simple, with no complicated setup for administrators or staff.

Our system is secure (128-bit SSL-encrypted), can be accessed 24/7/365 and works across 2 online websites.

  1. The Admin Dashboard – (

    Our system requires no complicated setup. From the Admin Dashboard simply copy and send an invitation email to your staff with the login details for your school or academy. Once your staff commence training, all progress, results and CPD certificates are presented in the Admin Dashboard as evidence of training.

  2. The Training Site – (

    Staff complete a course via any PC, Mac, Smartphone or Tablet. Each course is made up of an engaging multimedia presentation created using 3D animation, comprehensive course notes and a fully tracked multiple-choice assessment. On completion, staff can view and print their CPD accredited certificate.

    All courses are kept up-to-date with any changes in legislation or policy ensuring practice in your school or academy is compliant with current requirements.

What is covered in this training?

  • Defining the full context of Safeguarding- beyond the Child Protection remit
  • Revised Vetting & Barring arrangements
  • Latest legislation & statutory guidance
  • Duty of Care
  • School / Academy Policy
  • The role of the DSL and Deputy DSL
  • Types, signs & symptoms of abuse
  • The DSL role in relation to thematic topics such as Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation (County Lines), Female Genital Mutilation, Breast Ironing, Prevent Duty, Forced Marriage, Honour Based Violence, on-line safety/ cyber bullying and peer-on-peer abuse
  • Decision making: defining low level needs, emerging needs, complex needs, Child Protection concerns
  • The assessment process
  • Making referrals
  • The multi-agency Child Protection process including Child Protection Plans & case conferences
  • Child in Need Plans
  • The Early Help Assessment Process (which has replaced the Common Assessment framework model)
  • Recording & sharing information
  • Case Studies for INSET
  • Critical Incident Planning (overview)

Who should complete this training?

Our training is applicable to staff undertaking DSL and Deputy DSL roles in the following educational settings: Primary Schools, Primary Academies, Secondary Schools, Secondary Academies, Private Nurseries, Maintained Nurseries, Public Schools, Free Schools, Pupil Referral Units, and SEND Schools.


Our course content is updated when changes in legislation, statutory guidance and/or inspection frameworks are issued, ensuring you fully comply with the latest requirements.

Enriched with video, animation and practice examples, our content enables the statutory requirement for DSL training and the latest DFE safeguarding training requirements to be fully met.

Provides a full training audit trail for governance and to evidence compliance with the Ofsted inspection requirements.

What are the benefits of using this training?

  1. Delivers robust CPD accredited online training to ensure you comply with latest statutory requirements and promote best practice to keep children safe.
  2. Enables you to meet inspection framework requirements.
  3. Always kept up to date by our team of experts to ensure practice is current.
  4. Removes the need to cascade training.
  5. Supports induction enabling immediate training of new DSL / Deputy DSLs.
  6. Case studies for INSET
  7. Provides high quality robust training accessible anytime anywhere via PC, MAC, Smartphone or Tablet.
  8. Provides a full audit trail to evidence compliance.

How long does this training take to complete?

This training consists of two courses.

The combined time required to complete all of the courses is approximately 6 hours, including the multiple-choice assessment element.

The multimedia presentations have a combined running time of 2 hours, 2 minutes,.

Courses do not need to be completed in one session. If a user logs out of the system they will be returned to the same point when they next log in.