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Designated Safeguarding Lead Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme

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Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) continuous professional development programmes provide DSLs in schools, academies and Multi-Academy Trust (MATs) with the opportunity to engage in high-quality, interactive training over the course of five months to support their ongoing development.

Led by safeguarding expert lawyer, Dai Durbridge, the two courses are tailored to the needs of DSLs in schools and single academies and separately to the needs of DSLs in MATs. Both courses are designed for DSLs already in post and provide opportunity for engagement with other delegates, with plenty of time built into the course to allow for reflection, your questions to be answered and concerns to be discussed.

Delivered remotely via Zoom, delegates will experience ‘bite-sized’ two-hour learning sessions interspersed with one-hour reflection and Q&A sessions to embed learning and ensure all of your questions are answered and concerns discussed. This interactive and engaging course will cover:

  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour
  • Embedding your Low-Level Concerns culture
  • Sharing images of nudes and semi-nudes
  • Effectively managing allegations against staff
  • Learning from child deaths
  • Developing your safeguarding strategy
  • Upskilling your safeguarding governor
  • Best practice in staff training and updating
  • Excellence in safeguarding governance
  • Safeguarding quality assurance in your setting
  • Harvesting, analysing and using safeguarding data

The course provides a total of 20 hours of contact time spread over eight two-hour learning sessions and four one-hour Q&A sessions to ensure a personalised learning experience.

As a result of proactively engaging in this training programme, participants will maintain up-to-date knowledge on current safeguarding best practice, have an improved understanding of complex safeguarding issues and be empowered to drive a strong safeguarding culture across their setting.

Click here for an example of the course programme.

Click here to register for the Single School or Academy DSL programme.

Delivered remotely via Zoom, delegates will experience ‘bite-sized’ two-hour learning sessions interspersed with one-hour reflection and Q&A sessions to embed learning and ensure all of your questions are answered and concerns discussed. This interactive and engaging course is designed specifically for DSLs in Multi-Academy Trusts and will cover:

  • Excellence in MAT safeguarding governance
  • Developing your safeguarding culture
  • Designing your knowledge transfer calendar
  • Best practice in staff training and updating
  • Developing your safeguarding strategy
  • Upskilling your safeguarding Trustee
  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour
  • Embedding your Low-Level Concerns culture
  • Effectively managing allegations against staff
  • Safeguarding quality assurance across your Trust
  • Harvesting, analysing and using safeguarding data
  • Future proofing your safeguarding team
  • DSL support and development

The course provides a total of 21 hours of contact time spread over eight two-hour learning sessions and five one-hour Q&A sessions to ensure a personalised learning experience.

As a result of proactively engaging in this training programme, delegates will be able to further improve their MAT-wide safeguarding practice, learn from other delegates and gain an improved understanding of complex safeguarding issues impacting every setting in their trust.

Click here for an example of the course programme.

Click here to register for the Multi-Academy Academy DSL programme.

Who should attend?

Both courses are designed specifically for DSLs. The ‘Single School or Academy’ course is designed for DSLs in maintained schools, independent schools and single academy trusts. The ‘Multi-Academy Trust’ DSL course is designed for Lead DSLs in MATs of all sizes but will best suit MATs of five or more academies. Larger MATs may wish to consider registering two or more DSLs to help embed learning across the trust. Discounts are available for multiple registrations.


Cost

The 20-hour ‘Single School or Academy’ course costs £675 plus VAT per delegate.

The 21-hour ‘Multi-Academy Trust’ course costs £750 plus VAT per delegate. 

Spaces are limited to approximately 30 delegates per cohort.

For more information please contact Dai Durbridge or click here to register.


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