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New to Role Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training

Audience: Primary, Secondary
Single session
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Key Stage 5

Brief Overview

This CPD certificated course is for delegates who are new to the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), in schools or colleges, working with children below the age of eighteen. This course will enable delegates to gain the knowledge and skills required to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children and act as the DSL, or a deputy DSL within their school or college. 

Learning Outcomes

  • To enable delegates to understand the role and main responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
  • Provide participants with relevant knowledge of national legislation and guidance regarding safeguarding children in schools/colleges, and the key responsibilities and requirements that determines their settings policies and approaches.
  • Explore expectations for DSLs regarding recording child safeguarding concerns and expectations for appropriate information sharing.
  • Raise awareness of a range of child protection and safeguarding issues within schools/colleges, including how to advise staff of their responsibilities.
  • Respond effectively to concerns about children, including the Kent's specific safeguarding children procedures, including the consultation and Integrated Front Door process.
  • Know what is likely to happen following a referral/request for support, understand what role the setting has to play and the role of the DSL within multi-agency working.
  • Explore how to create a 'safer culture' within schools/colleges, including identifying the barriers for reporting abuse and how to overcome them.


This course is the first level training for staff in schools or colleges in Kent who are new to the role of the DSL. It may also be suitable for delegates who have attended DSL training previously outside of Kent, or for DSLs whose training is no longer in date. Existing DSLs who need to refresh their knowledge and skills should access our DSL refresher training; E-learning or face to face options are available. 

By attending this course, delegates and their settings will be able to meet their statutory safeguarding responsibilities including those identified in ‘Working together to safeguard children’, ‘The Prevent duty’ and ‘Keeping children safe in education’. This course will support new to role DSLs to understand the local Kent processes, including making a request for support via the Integrated Front Door and the role of the local Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-agency Partnership. New to role DSLs in school/colleges where children live outside of Kent can access this course, however, they will need to undertake independent research to ensure they understand their own local guidance and processes.

The course uses a variety of interactive scenarios and discussions to help delegates put learning into practice and is delivered by experienced trainers who have a sound knowledge of social work and school/college practice.

Full attendance (09:30-16:30) is required to receive a certificate of attendance; late arrival or leaving early may mean that certificates are withheld



  • Session - 10/07/2024 09:30  -  16:30

Event Type

Face 2 Face


Holiday Inn, Maidstone - Sevenoaks
London Road
Wrotham Heath
TN15 7RS

Delivered by

  • Education Safeguarding Service

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