Annual Advanced Certificate in Safeguarding for Designated Safeguarding Leads (2022-23)

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Annual Advanced Certificate in Safeguarding for Designated Safeguarding Leads (2022-23)

Course Duration: 3hrs 8m (approx) online training + self-directed learning and activities + final assessment.

New Keeping children safe in education guidance has been published and will become statutory from 1 September 2022.

The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and any deputies should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. They should also keep up to date with any developments related to their role and refresh their learning regularly and at least on an annual basis.

Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, independent safeguarding and inclusion consultant, our brand new safeguarding course covers the latest updates from Keeping children safe in education 2022 and has been designed to provide you with the expertise and capability to effectively carry out your role as designated safeguarding lead.

All schools should continue to adhere to the current Keeping children safe in guidance until 1 September 2022.

Please note: This course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives of the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.

Designed in line with the following policies

  • Keeping children safe in education
  • Working together to safeguard children
  • Ofsted Education inspection framework
  • Ofsted Inspecting safeguarding in early years education and skills settings
  • Ofsted School inspection handbook

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing up-to-date knowledge and skills in order to carry out the role effectively and provide advice and support on child welfare, safeguarding and child protection matters.
  • Understanding how the designated safeguarding lead plays a key role in helping schools meet their statutory safeguarding requirements and Ofsted expectations.
  • Recognising the importance of developing a whole-school approach to safeguarding and ensuring governors, senior leaders and staff receive the appropriate training.
  • Identifying and responding to different categories of harm and abuse, including child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment.
  • Understanding the safeguarding structure, how to effectively respond to disclosures and how to manage concerns and allegations made about staff.

Course Units


Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, independent safeguarding and inclusion consultant, our brand new safeguarding course covers the latest updates from Keeping children safe in education 2022 and has been designed to provide you with the expertise and cap...

Module 1: Safeguarding in education

In module one you’ll understand why safeguarding training is important, define the difference between safeguarding and child protection, discuss who is responsible for safeguarding and explore the duty of care on schools.

Module 2: Safeguarding legislation and guidance

Module two will explore the key legislation and guidance that underpins safeguarding in schools, including Keeping children safe in education, and also cover the single assessment process, low level needs, child protection concerns and Ofsted expecta...

Module 3: The role and responsibilities of the designated safeguarding lead

Module three will discuss your role and responsibilities as a designated safeguarding lead, covering key areas such as national frameworks, partnership working, policy development and safer recruitment processes.

Module 4: Recognising and responding to abuse

In module four, you’ll take an in-depth look at recognising and responding to different types of abuse, including how to determine if children are high risk and why they might not disclose they are being abused, as well as discussing the Prevent duty...

Module 5: Managing disclosures

In module five you’ll learn how to respond to a disclosure. You’ll understand what is cited as best practice, what to avoid, what the key messages are that children need to hear and explore some of the main reasons why adults often don’t take action.

Module 6: Responding to safeguarding concerns

Module six will cover how you should respond to safeguarding concerns and explore best practice around sharing information, as well as looking at the safeguarding structure, multi-agency assessments and discussing the importance of child safeguarding...

Module 7: Understanding the referral process

In module seven you’ll learn about the referral process and contacting social care. You’ll understand what to include, when and how to follow up referrals; when and why social care does and doesn’t take action and what to do if you don’t agree with a...

Module 8: Recording safeguarding concerns

Module eight will discuss what to record in respect of safeguarding concerns, provide a number of record-keeping tips and explain how you can review your child protection record’s retention and storage policy.

Module 9: Managing allegations against staff

In module nine you’ll understand what constitutes an allegation against a member of staff, recognise what to do when an allegation is received, understand how internal investigations should be carried out and cover how to manage an allegation against...

Module 10: Creating a Culture of Safeguarding

In the final module, you’ll explore what Ofsted are looking for when making a judgement about the effectiveness of a school’s safeguarding arrangements and how to develop a culture of safeguarding which raises awareness, vigilance and understanding.

Lorna Ponambalum

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Lorna Ponambalum

Senior leader and safeguarding consultant with over 15 years’ experience as a DSL in education.
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