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Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Networks

Who are these for?

These networks are for DSLs, Deputy DSLs /SLT who may make up wider safeguarding teams in education settings.

We encourage every setting to make representation at each round of meetings. 

Why should I engage?

The networks fulfil duties under statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 2 - the management of safeguarding

  • To keep up to date with local safeguarding arrangements and provide a mechanism for to engage with the Local Safeguarding Partnership (Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership). 
  • To ensure knowledge and skills are adequately updated (in addition to the requirement to update formal training every 2 years).
  • Provide a chance to develop and share good practice and contribute towards a community of practice.
  • Network with other education settings.
  • Develop working relationships with the local safeguarding advisor and statutory agencies

When do they occur?

These happen every other Bristol term (3 times a year) and last for about 2 and a half hours to allow for colleagues to network.  

Standing Agenda

  • News
  • Updates from the Local Safeguarding Partnership
  • Topical Safeguarding issues.
  • Multi-agency updates. 

Each session will allow for professional networking and reflective exercises.

Please note that we recommend that you attend the network in person in your respective locality however if there are no places or you are unable to make the in person session then we have a virtual option available

DSL Network Materials

Missed a meeting? Don't worry. You can find links to slides and associated materials below. 

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