Trainer led sessions for new Designated Safeguarding Leads, deputies, SENCO or safeguarding team members.

09:30 AM - 04:30 PM


Session information


Day 1 02/07/24
09:30 BST - 16:30 BST
1 day

Day 1 2nd July 2024, 9:30am - 4:30pm| Day 2 9th July 2024, 9:30am - 4:30pm

    Day 2 09/07/24
    09:30 BST - 16:30 BST
    1 day

    Day 1 2nd July 2024, 9:30am - 4:30pm| Day 2 9th July 2024, 9:30am - 4:30pm

      • £235.00 excl. VAT
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      Advanced Training: fully compliant with the criteria as laid out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) and as described in the previous level 3 DSL training level system. 

      As the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), or deputy, you should take responsibility for the safeguarding of children within your setting, providing advice and support to staff, pupils, families and work with your multi-agency partners. The latest version of Keeping Children Safe in Education states 'you are most likely to have a complete safeguarding picture and be the most appropriate person to advise on the response to safeguarding concerns. 

      Therefore, it is essential that your knowledge of safeguarding and child protection procedures is not only in-depth but also up to date. Keeping Children Safe in Education requires the DSL and any deputies to undergo training every two years in order to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their role, not only to provide support and advice but to ensure they meet the statutory requirements.

      Our virtual advanced, interactive and professionally delivered training has been designed in house by our NSPCC Approved Trainer, to provide essential knowledge and understanding of the expectations, responsibilities and duties of Designated and Deputy Safeguarding Lead roles in accordance with the latest guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education, Working Together to Safeguard Children, Early Years Statutory Framework, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act and many more...

      It will take you through the broad areas of responsibilities and activities related to the Safeguarding Lead role. Providing delegates with support and guidance around statutory safeguarding legislation, safeguarding policy and best practice guidance, which affects their new role and safeguarding practices within their setting.


      Following the training delegates will be required to complete an Online Training Assessment to demonstrate their understanding of their role and responsibilities.

      Those successfully achieving an 80% pass rate will receive a Certificate of Participation, an Information Booklet signposting to the latest guidance, additional training and a PDF overview of the standard course slides.

      Safeguarding Simplified.



      All participants, attending this course, will benefit from reading the latest version of the following guidance before the training.

      Experienced Designated and Deputy Safeguarding Leads who have already attended a 2-day Designated Safeguarding Lead training should attend our 1-day DSL: 2 Yearly Update session.

      Who should attend this course?

      This course is aimed at:

      New and experienced safeguarding practitioners wanting to refresh their understanding of the importance of the role and responsibilities of the DSL role.




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      Rachel Priestley

      Rach has a background in Business Development and Administration, gaining much of her knowledge and experience through her 19 year career with the NHS working within the executive office, community services and public health. 

      Before moving on from the NHS, Rach supported the Chief Executive, the Chairman and the Trust Board of a local NHS Care Trust, which managed Children’s Services. Her responsibilities spanned across HR, Finance, Governance, Compliance, Risk, systems and processes, and internal training. Rach also supported the Children’s Safeguarding Lead with safeguarding investigations.

      In 2017, she left the NHS to pursue a successful self-employed career supporting business to grow, with flexible business development and administration support, which she continues to do on a part-time basis.

      Rach is in house trained, and is passionate about delivering outstanding services and enjoys working as part of the safeguarding team to achieve a common goal.

      In her own time, she loves spending time outside, and long walks with the two family dogs. 

      Shelley Armstrong

      Shelley joined Safeguarding Support in 2020 as an experienced AET-qualified freelance trainer, and now enjoys working across the business, keeping clients as up to date as possible with the ever changing challenges facing safeguarding children in education.

      Whilst we aim to simplify safeguarding, Shelley’s passion is to ensure engagement, pride and confidence through training and support. Shelley enjoys applying the competencies gained in different industries and environments to researching, designing, and developing materials for those with the responsibility to safeguard children, and in return has enormous respect for their commitment.

      Her experience across the private business sector brings commercial skills to training and her background in psychology and counselling ensure courses are designed and delivered with the learner in mind.

      Shelley lives in Yorkshire and enjoys walking her springer spaniels – come rain or shine!

      Abigail Havon

      Abigail is an experienced AET qualified trainer who began her safeguarding career in the charity sector.  There she was a regional manager and part of the safeguarding leadership team.  She was involved in writing policies and procedures, developing, and delivering training and supporting staff and volunteers to work 121 with children struggling with their literacy. 

      She has worked in a variety of business environments gaining experience in different sectors. She has always chosen roles that call for collaboration and communication to bring the best out in people and projects to completion.  Abigail passionately believes that empowering educators to work together as part of a safeguarding team will lead to better outcomes for children and young people. 

      As part of the SSL training team her role focuses mainly on delivering virtual training. 

      Abigail lives near the Jurassic Coast and enjoys long walks and caring for her jungle of houseplants.  

      Carol Stephenson

      Carol has spent her entire career teaching in Bradford primary schools. Most recently she was Head Teacher of a large, outstanding, multi-academy trust, inner-city
      school where she gained Local Leaders of Education (LLE) status.

      Carol is a highly experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding Governor, with an extensive range of expertise, skills and knowledge. It was through this depth of experience that she became a dedicated representative of Bradford Children’s Safeguarding Board. In June 2019, Carol was awarded a Bradford Safeguarding Champions lifetime achievement award 2019 for her continued work in safeguarding the children of Bradford.

      Carol is in-house trained and is NSPCC certified to deliver Child Protection and Safeguarding training.

      In her spare time, Carol enjoys working on her allotment.