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Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) certificate

15th November 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Course outline:

Safeguarding leads and designated safeguarding leads in schools should undergo refresher training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their role effectively.

This one-day Sacpa certificate programme delivers the required learning outcomes detailed in annex C of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023.  Topic areas and practice examples include statutory requirements for education professionals in England, but also incorporate international, third sector, and private sector examples where relevant to delegates taking part.

The design of the programme includes a range of teaching methods and encourages case study application of themes and topics including an additional focus on self-care in the role.

Training topics will include:

  • The role of the designated safeguarding lead
  • Refresh of legal and regulatory frameworks including devolved nations and Charity Commission requirements
  • Encouraging a culture of listening to children
  • The importance of information sharing
  • Vulnerable groups and the impact of trauma
  • Refresh of traditional safeguarding signs and indicators and overview of specific contemporary safeguarding concerns such as e-safety, child-on-child, exploitation etc.
  • Multi-agency working with early help and statutory services agencies.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of the role the designated safeguarding lead has in providing information and support to local authority children social care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the school or college may put in place to protect them
  • Understand the lasting impact that adversity and trauma can have, including on children’s behaviour, mental health, and wellbeing, and what is needed in responding to this in promoting educational outcomes
  • Are alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), those with relevant health conditions and young carers
  • Are able to understand the unique risks associated with online safety and be confident that they have the relevant knowledge and up to date capability required to keep children safe whilst they are online at school or college
  • Can recognise the additional risks that children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) face online, for example, from bullying, grooming and radicalisation and are confident they have the capability to support children with SEND to stay safe online
  • Understand and support the school or college with regards to the requirements of the Prevent duty and can provide advice and support to staff on protecting children from the risk of radicalisation
  • Understand the assessment process for providing early help and statutory intervention, including local criteria for action and local authority children’s social care referral arrangements
  • Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so
  • Understand the importance of information sharing, both within the school and college, and with the safeguarding partners, other agencies, organisations, and practitioners.

A similar SACPA one day DSL programme is also available on a consultancy basis where organisations have several colleagues in, or aspiring to be in, safeguarding leadership roles. Some tailoring of programme materials for specific organisational contexts is part of a consultancy package.  For more information, please contact marking your email: Sacpa Consultancy – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Certificate

Experienced safeguarding leads and those interested in refreshing their DSL training with a programme at advanced level, or those new to role wishing to reflect on values and key dilemmas may consider a two-day Sacpa certificate Designated Safeguarding Lead Advanced Certificate (DSL) (level 3 – 2 days).


This certificate programme is developed at intermediate level on the Sacpa academy CPD offer and is suitable for delegates who are new or aspiring to safeguarding leadership roles;

    • Designated safeguarding leads
    • Deputy designated safeguarding leads
    • Safeguarding leads
    • SENCO’s
    • Designated teachers for looked after children
    • Designated mental health and e-safety leads with an interest in wider safeguarding
    • Other leaders, trustee and governors with responsibility for safeguarding oversight
    • Safeguarding practitioners looking to develop their safeguarding practice and take on more responsibility.

Platform: Zoom (online) – certificate


  • Member Rate: £215
  • Non-member Rate: £430*


*If you would like to become a member and access discounted rates for Sacpa CPD and events, please click here.


Ann Marie Christian

Ann Marie Christian began her career as a Children & Families Social Worker over 20 years ago.  She has worked in various teams in Social Services, and has managed a Social Work Service to schools and line managed a team of social workers working exclusively with schools.  The safeguarding consultancy role developed to supporting, training and developing Designated Senior Child Protection Teachers/officers. Her experience also includes being a Local Safeguarding Children Board Trainer, featuring in the TES (Times Educational Supplement) and Community Care magazine, contributing a chapter in a Social Work book, delivering child protection training in Dubai and Nationwide, workshops and National Conferences and writing articles in Journals.  Ann Marie specialises in supporting schools with understanding the ‘child protection thresholds’ and supporting schools in appreciating how cultural issues impact on the families values that can affect our child protection procedures.


15th November 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association
+44 (0)207 798 1585
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