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Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Level 3 Advanced Certificate (2 Days)

23 September @ 9:30 AM - 24 September @ 4:30 PM

Course outline:

The designated safeguarding lead (and any deputies) should undergo training every two years to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role and to support ongoing development of their practice. 

This two-day (Level 3) Sacpa advanced certificate programme has been developed to support the practice of safeguarding leaders and aspiring safeguarding leaders. 

The learning outcomes of this programme are based on the UK statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2024. The topic areas and practice exercises will incorporate examples from international practice, charity and private sector practice, statutory guidance and safeguarding systems in devolved areas of the UK. 

The deign of this programme includes a range of teaching methods, case study and encouragement of reflective practice and debate which brings personal and professional values, legislative, regulatory, statutory frameworks and the challenges of multi-agency working into the processing of core topic areas. 

Training topics will include:

  • The role of the safeguarding lead 
  • Safer organisations and a culture of listening to children 
  • Trauma informed practice and hidden harm 
  • Contextual safeguarding 
  • Online harm 
  • Specific safeguarding topics (FGM, forced marriage) 
  • Child-on-child abuse 
  • SEND, vulnerability 
  • The harmer, the harmed 
  • Prevent duty, exploitation and trafficking 
  • Early help and commissioning early help interventions 
  • Working with agencies within statutory frameworks for Children in Need 
  • Working with youth justice agencies, probation and police 
  • Information sharing 
  • The safeguarding leader: professional development, the facilitator of professional development, supervision, coaching and wellbeing. 

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 or refresh their current understanding 
  • Explore ways of encouraging 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 or refresh their current knowledge and practice 
  • 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 
  • Enhance their understanding of 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 
  • Develop enhanced alertness to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), those with relevant health conditions and young carers or refresh their current levels of alertness 
  • Explore 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 or refresh their current knowledge and practice 
  • Understand and support the school or college with regards to the requirements of the Prevent Duty and 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 or refresh their working knowledge 
  • Understand the importance of information sharing, both within the school and college, and with the safeguarding partners, other agencies, organisations and practitioners 
  • Focus on their own development as a professional safeguarding practitioner and on developing expertise, so they can support and advise staff and help them feel confident on welfare, safeguarding and child protection matters.  


Level 3 certificate training for DSL’s DDSLs, SENCO’s, Designated teachers for Looked After Children, Senior Leaders, Trustees, Governors 

A similar SACPA two-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 or to enquire about SACPA consultancy including face-to-face tailored training packages, review, audit, health check projects contact to request a short scoping meeting about your needs. 

Platform: Zoom (online)


  • SACPA Member Rate: £470
  • Non-member Rate: £940*


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


Claire Dan, Director of Safeguarding and Director, Sacpa

Claire is Director of Safeguarding and Director, Sacpa and leads on the provision of safeguarding advice and support to members and the development and delivery of CPD and safeguarding consultancy services. Claire is a safeguarding specialist and leader with a background in education welfare, youth justice, and early help contexts which have involved a strong focus on diverse and collaborative partnerships, professional development and supervision of front-line safeguarding colleagues, and leading multi-disciplinary teams and projects. Between 2006 and 2013 Claire was involved with Luton Safeguarding Children Board as a lead multi-agency safeguarding trainer, developing and delivering single and multi-agency safeguarding training, and since 2013 has delivered pieces of bespoke consultancy work, and providing a range of safeguarding consultancy on a freelance basis.


23 September @ 9:30 AM
24 September @ 4:30 PM
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The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association
+44 (0)207 798 1585
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Virtual – Zoom
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