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Child Protection: The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

Understand current legislation and how to keep your students safe

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This course is only available to be delivered in your school. To find out how we can tailor this course to fit your needs, call our in-house team on 020 8253 8241 to receive a free, no-obligation quote.

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Suitable for: Designated safeguarding leads and their deputies, governors with child protection responsibilities. Leaders will be up to date with national legislation and be enabled, with resources, to effectively fulfil their duties.

Phases suitable for:

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Course Reference: 8050WW

The role of the designated safeguarding lead is vital in safeguarding children’s wellbeing and carries a lot of responsibility with it. The very latest legislation and guidance will be analysed, with practical advice in appropriate and sensitive implementation of all aspects of this key role.

  • Understand your role as a delegated safeguarding lead
  • Review key legislation and the relevant sections for schools
  • identify what to include in your child protection policy
  • Establish where to seek guidance and support
  • Handle allegations and complaints


Key legislation and statutory guidance
  • An overview of the changing emphasis in child protection: from a compliance culture to a school that makes a difference
  • Understand the key legislation and guidance for schools in working with other agencies
  • An analysis of the latest changes for schools and where to find key information
The role of the designated safeguarding lead
  • The referral process in full: initial decisions, how to gain support and possible outcomes
  • Understand the legislation and the training requirements for your staff and the resources needed
  • Raising community awareness of child protection including the school policy, transfer procedures and keeping parents informed
Disclosures and consequences
  • Guidance for leaders and staff in handling disclosures effectively and sensitively
  • Identifying the barriers to disclosure and how they might be overcome
  • The procedures for dealing with allegations against members of staff
The role in context
  • An opportunity to reflect on your own needs in relation to the role and the school’s needs
  • Ensuring school documentation is suitable and effective
  • Planning immediate actions, longer term requirements and resource needs
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