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Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Course Description

This training aims to enable people new to the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead in schools, colleges, early years settings, out of school provisions and childminding arrangements to:

  • Fulfil their statutory obligations to recognise and act on any concerns about abuse, neglect or other forms of harm for children and young people in their care.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to effectively audit and manage the safeguarding systems in place in their settings/organisations

Target Group

  • DSLs or deputy DSLs who are either new to the role or new to Cornwall
  • Head teachers, Principals and their deputies
  • Proprietors of educational establishments

Prior Learning

Participants must have already completed single agency training and Level 3 Multi- Agency Child Protection Training such as OSCP's Working Together Course or an appropriate equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role and responsibilities of a Designated Safeguarding Lead in fulfilling their statutory duties
  • Ensure all staff and other adults in their setting are clear about taking necessary action to keep children and learners safe in accordance with policies, procedures and legislation and that they receive regular training, supervision and support in respect of safeguarding issues
  • Support staff to identify children requiring early help to prevent impairment of their health and development and to work with their parents or carers to promote good outcomes
  • Describe the process of referral for both Child Protection concerns and concerns regarding radicalisation
  • Support staff to contribute to the child protection process and to engage with other agencies to promote the safety and wellbeing of the child or young person
  • Implement escalation procedures where there are professional disagreements and challenge other professionals effectively when necessary
  • Ensure that staff behaviour policies are implemented effectively and that staff are aware of their responsibilities regarding whistleblowing
  • Implement policies and procedures regarding allegations or complaints, including referrals regarding people in positions of trust if there is risk of harm to children
  • Describe how diverse values, beliefs and cultural influences can impact on assumptions and judgements made when working with children and families
  • Manage emotions evoked in staff facing child protection issues;
  • Apply best practice in recording and information sharing including electronic records in relation to the Data Protection Act, GDPR and the requirements of the Information Commissioner's Office
  • Ensure that children and parents are aware of potential safeguarding risks and are helped to identify these
  • Audit their organisation’s safeguarding system to ensure that effective arrangements are in place to promote a comprehensive safeguarding culture that makes a positive impact on the safety and welfare of children and learners 

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