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Webinar: the role of DSL and DDSL in 2021 and beyond

14th January 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL), Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) or Child Protection Lead is a position that every organisation that works with children and young people needs to have. This person is responsible for promoting the safety and wellbeing of the young people within your organisation.

This webinar will go over the core responsibilities within the role of DSL/DSO/CPL, including responding to possible concerns but will also consider how the role is developing as safeguarding and child protection becomes more culturally developed in organisations and the risks to children and young people are recognised more widely by society. 2020 has seen a marked increase in engagement via virtual platforms in response to COVID-19 and has also highlighted pressures at home and on individuals’ mental health so the webinar will also consider looking after yourself and addressing the shift to virtual safeguarding concerns.



All organisations that work with children and young people should have a DSL, or equivalent. This webinar therefore is suitable for delegates from all organisations.


Training aims:

  • Core responsibilities of the DSL
    • responding to a concern
    • managing policy and procedure and embedding a culture of proactive safeguarding
    • liaising with local authorities and external agencies
  • Training and staying up to date
  • Managing the transition to virtual environments/delivery
  • Considering availability, time allocation and other responsibilities
  • Looking after yourself.


  • Member rate: £60
  • Non-member rate: £120*
*If you would like to become a member and access discounted rates for Sacpa CPD and events, please click here.

Webinar contributors

Dale Wilkins, Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Accredited Training, Sacpa

Dale Wilkins spent 31 years working in schools, mainly in residential education, of which eleven years were as safeguarding lead. He has also had safeguarding responsibilities in youth group, sports and church settings, was a multi-agency safeguarding trainer for Dudley Safeguarding Children Board and has completed an extensive “Train the Trainer” course with NSPCC.

Jennifer Kelly, Head of Group Safeguarding, The Prince’s Trust

Jennifer is Head of Group Safeguarding at The Prince’s Trust, having previously held the position of Head of International Safeguarding and Health & Safety. Jennifer has over 12 years experience in safeguarding within the charities sector.

Joe Gale, Deputy Head: Boarding & Pastoral, Royal Alexandra & Albert School

Joe has worked in the state sector in a range of schools in Surrey and Croydon, fulfilling pastoral leadership roles for 12 years and acting as DSL in two state schools. Joe is currently the Deputy Head: Boarding & Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead in a large state boarding school with 500 boarders.

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14th January 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Virtual – Zoom
United Kingdom


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