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New Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Course

For newly appointed Designated Safeguarding Leads, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, and appropriate members of the setting’s safeguarding team.

Course Description

This course is split across 4 modules.

  • If you chose to do this course face to face this is split over two full days.
  • If you chose the virtual option, this is split over four half days
  • You must complete all modules to get a certificate.

This course is ‘single’ agency in that it is for sector specific for the Educational Work Force. It is designed to support depth of understanding of the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead in an education setting. For wider development and understanding of the multi-agency practice, it may be more appropriate for you to consider training delivered by the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership.

The course is appropriate for anyone undertaking advanced safeguarding work in a school setting or acting in a leadership capacity. This includes New DSLs, Deputy DSLs and other members of the Senior Leadership Team. 

This course may also be appropriate for professionals who work in partnership with schools on a strategic level.

This course is ideal for colleagues looking to increase safeguarding capacity within the setting.

You should have an existing knowledge of safeguarding and child protection before you join onto this course. Although not essential, we recommend that you have completed the Advanced Child Protection course offered through the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership.


Course Objectives:

  • Understand the role and main responsibilities of the designated safeguarding lead
  • Develop an awareness of how to promote a safeguarding culture
  • Know how to use and manage your systems to effectively identify vulnerable children in your setting
  • Know how to respond to allegations against staff and other professionals
  • Reflect on the use of language when reporting and recording of safeguarding
  • Topical Safeguarding Issues
  • Develop an understanding of what Contextual Safeguarding is and how it relates to your role.
  • Understand the multi-agency safeguarding system, processes and your role as a lead practitioner.

How to book

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Please note all funds generated from the training contributes to the High Needs Block for vulnerable learners. 

Dates for academic year 2024-25

 Face to Face Training:

 £320/delegate - 20% discount for Bristol Maintained and Academy settings to reflect Designated Schools Grant contribution (£256).

These sessions are going to be held in different Bristol localities for ease of access for delegates. Delegates from any setting are welcome to any of the sessions. 

 Virtual Training dates

 £300/delegate - 20% discount for Bristol Maintained and Academy settings to reflect Designated Schools Grant contribution (£240).

Virtual sessions have been adapted to take place online over 4 half day sessions.

'This is the 3rd DSL training I have undertaken in 3 different authorities and found this the most informative and enjoyable. There were new thoughts and ideas that I have taken onboard and felt that the delivery encouraged group interaction and cross discipline experiences. Thank you'

'Was brilliant - the facilitators really made it engaging and I have learned so much. Thank you!'

'It was very clear regarding the expectations of the DSL and DDSL, the law and how to categorise, the steps and processes to follow. In particular I now understand how to use different safeguarding tools, teams and systems'

'Thank you for delivering such an engaging training opportunity. You struck just the right balance in using humour whilst delivering course content of a very sensitive nature. I had heard from other people that DSL training in their experience had been monotonous and hard to engage with but this training was the most engaging that I’ve attended in a very long time. Thank you both so much'