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SACPA/HIEDA – Health Level 3 Safeguarding Certificate for School Nurses (including school DSL certification)

9 October @ 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Course outline:

This one-day certificate programme is based upon the learning outcomes for level 3 health workers detailed within the most recent Intercollegiate document 2019.  Content also links with Annex C of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2024 detailing roles and responsibilities of Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. 


Case study and practical learning examples are based on specific clinical practice examples and dilemmas and reference to specialist health evidence-base relevant to the role of the school nurse.  This certificate programme is suitable for school nurses working in a range of education settings including state, independent, international, and boarding contexts. 


The programme is co-facilitated by health and safeguarding practitioners and has been specifically developed to certificate school nurses for level 3 safeguarding for clinicians as well as providing certification for those school nurses who also carry out the role of Designated or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in education settings. 


Training topics will include:

  • Leading safeguarding in health: the roles and responsibilities of the school nurse and designated safeguarding lead 
  • Refresh of legal and regulatory frameworks, principles, and definitions 
  • Safer organisations and a culture of listening to children 
  • Vulnerable groups and the impact of trauma, SEND and vulnerability 
  • Refresh of traditional safeguarding signs and indicators and overview of specific contemporary safeguarding concerns such as e-safety, FGM, domestic abuse, child-on-child, exploitation etc. 
  • Multi-agency working with early help and statutory services 
  • Keeping records and information sharing. 

Learning outcomes:

  • To be able to identify, drawing on professional and clinical expertise, possible signs of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, or neglect, including domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, grooming and exploitation to support and/or commit acts of terrorism (known as radicalisation), FGM, modern slavery, gang and electronic media abuse using child and family-focused approaches. 
  • To understand what constitutes child maltreatment including the effects of carer/ parental behaviour on children and young people. 
  • To know how to undertake, where appropriate, a risk and harm assessment. 
  • To know how to communicate effectively with children and young people, and to know how to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in decisions affecting them  appropriate to their age and ability. 
  • To know how to contribute to and make considered judgements about how to act to safeguard/protect a child or young person, including escalation as part of this process. 
  • To know how to contribute to, formulate and communicate effective management plans for children and young people who have been maltreated within a multidisciplinary approach and as related to role. 
  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues surrounding misdiagnosis in safeguarding/child protection. 
  • To know how to appropriately contribute to inter-agency assessments by gathering and sharing information, documenting concerns appropriately for safeguarding/ child protection and legal purposes, seeking professional guidance in report writing where required. 
  • To know how to participate in and chair peer review and multidisciplinary meetings as required 
  • To be able to identify risk to the unborn child in the antenatal period as appropriate to role 
  • To know how to assess training requirements and contribute to departmental updates where relevant to role, such as through audit, case discussion, peer review and supervision and as a component of refresher training 
  • To know how to apply the lessons learnt from audit and serious case reviews, case management reviews and significant case reviews to improve practice 
  • To know, as per role, how to advise others on appropriate information sharing 
  • To know how to obtain support and help in situations where there are problems requiring further expertise and experience. 

Delegates will:

  • Be clear about their roles and responsibilities as safeguarding leaders 
  • Increase confidence and knowledge of a broad range of contemporary safeguarding concerns 
  • Practice applying their knowledge of pathways of need and referrals 
  • Practice their understanding of thresholds of child protection and early help and how to effectively work with other agencies such as schools and contribute to multi-agency safeguarding discussions. 

Audience: Intercollegiate document Level 3 safeguarding certificate training for clinical staff 

This programme is also available on a consultancy basis 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) – certificate


  • SACPA/HIEDA Member Rate: £235
  • Non-member Rate: £470*


*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.


9 October
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Event Category:


The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association
+44 (0)207 798 1585
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Virtual – Zoom
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