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Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training enables attendees to understand the processes and challenges of liaising with relevant agencies including making referrals and consider wider duties including an overview of staff training.
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What is a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)? What types of legislation are involved? What are the duties of the DSL? What are the requirements around record keeping? Our DSL Training will help you answer the questions above and more.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training is designed to provide education and training to individuals who are responsible for safeguarding children and young people in various settings. The training is specifically geared towards those who have been appointed as DSLs within schools, colleges, and other educational institutions, as well as in other settings such as healthcare, and social care organisations.

Through our Designated Safeguarding Lead Training, you will gain an understanding of the DSL role. The role of the DSL is to ensure that the organisation has effective policies, procedures, and practices in place to safeguard children and young people from harm. They are responsible for overseeing and managing safeguarding issues within their organisation, and for providing support and guidance to staff and volunteers to ensure that they are equipped to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns.

DSL training is essential to ensure that DSLs are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and expertise to carry out their role effectively. The training covers a wide range of topics, including child protection legislation and guidance, the signs and indicators of abuse and neglect, how to respond to disclosures and the importance of information sharing and record keeping.

The training covers the role of the DSL in leading and managing safeguarding arrangements within their organization, including how to develop and implement effective safeguarding policies and procedures, how to respond to safeguarding concerns and allegations, and how to work effectively with other agencies and professionals involved in safeguarding.

The training can be delivered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face or virtual training. Face-to-face and virtual training provides the opportunity to interact and share experiences and best practices. They also allow for more in-depth discussions and debates around complex safeguarding issues.

By providing DSLs with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to carry out their role effectively, organizations can ensure that they are meeting their legal and moral obligations to safeguard children and young people from harm.

DSLs who receive effective training are better equipped to identify and respond to safeguarding concerns, and to provide support and guidance to staff and volunteers to ensure that they are working in a safe and appropriate manner. They are also better able to develop and implement effective safeguarding policies and procedures, and to work effectively with other agencies and professionals involved in safeguarding.

Our DSL training can be designed to meet the specific needs of DSLs and your organisation. This means that training can be tailored to your particular setting in which the DSL operates, taking into account the specific risks and challenges associated with that setting.

By investing in effective DSL training, organisations can ensure that they are creating a safe and secure environment for children and young people to learn and grow, and are demonstrating their commitment to safeguarding the most vulnerable members of our society.

What does Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training cover?

  • What a DSL is and their roles.
  • Recognise what safeguarding is and why it is important.
  • Understand the difference between safeguarding in children and safeguarding in adults.
  • Understand the different types of legislation that is involved with safeguarding.
  • Understand how to notice when a child or adult is at risk.
  • Gain knowledge of what mental capacity is and why it is important.
  • Gain knowledge of roles the DSL has.
  • Explore reasons why an individual may need to be safeguarded.

Who is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training for?

According to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (Park 1) ‘Every school and college should have a DSL who will provide support to staff so they can carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise with.

Designated Safeguarding Lead Training is a vital component of safeguarding arrangements within educational institutions and other settings where children and young people are present.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead Training is for companies looking for their existing safeguarding policies to be improved and to help individuals understand their role and a DSL.

It is also beneficial training for managers or staff looking to designate a safeguarding management position within their organisation.  It is essential training for anyone looking to further their knowledge or practice in the effective safeguarding of children or adults.

DSL training should also be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that DSLs are kept up-to-date with the latest safeguarding legislation, guidance, and best practice. This is particularly important given the constantly evolving nature of safeguarding, as new risks and challenges emerge and as legislation and guidance are updated.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Discuss what a DSL is and what their roles are.
  • Discuss the different types of legislation involved.
  • Recognise the differences of Adult safeguarding and Child safeguarding.
  • Be able to assess who has mental capacity and what is involved.
  • Evaluate the roles of a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Evaluate the roles of a Designated Adult Safeguarding Manager.
  • Discuss what tools are involved to help support the DSL in their role.
  • Evaluate what makes a good referral.
  • Understand who you would refer to and when is the correct time to.
  • Develop knowledge, skills and strategies to develop positive environments.
  • Develop an understanding of what the Assessment Triangle is.
  • Understand how information sharing is useful.

Frequently asked questions

Our prices are personalised to the company, including how many delegates, and location. Please make an enquiry to get a personalised quote with no hidden costs.
We cover the whole of the UK.
Many of our courses can be adapted for both classroom settings or virtual platforms like zoom. Some courses that include a practical aspect can only be delivered in a classroom setting.
All learners will receive a certificate for any course they complete. Some of our courses are in-house certified, some of our courses are regulated by Ofqual and others are accredited by other awarding bodies.

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