Annual Level 3 Certificate in Online Safety for DSLs (2020-21)

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Annual Level 3 Certificate in Online Safety for DSLs (2020-21)

About the Course

Designated Safeguarding Leads should take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection, including online safety, in schools. They should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role, including the ability to understand the unique risks associated with online safety. They should be confident that they have the relevant knowledge and up to date capability required to keep children safe whilst they are online at school or college. (Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) statutory guidance 2020)

Our Level 3 Certificate in Online Safety provides you with the core content you need to ensure adherence with your online safety statutory requirements. Delivered in high-quality video CPD format that has been skilfully organised for busy workloads and is accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere, our online safety training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost effective and most time-efficient manner.

Delivered by subject matter expert, Lorna Ponambalum, the course has been divided into eight easily digestible modules and contains links to further learning and resources throughout, with a knowledge assessment at the end to help you evidence your compliance in L3 online safety.

Designed in line with the following policies

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
  • Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education 2019
  • Teaching Online Safety in Schools 2019
  • Ofsted Education Inspection Framework 2019
  • Ofsted School Inspection Handbook 2019
  • Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings 2019

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a designated safeguarding lead in relation to online safety and key safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance.
  • Recognising the need for developing robust and rigorous online safety policies to help mitigate risk and ensuring engagement and compliance.
  • Identifying and responding to different types of harm and abuse at a more senior level, managing disclosures and the role of contextual safeguarding.
  • Implementing a whole school approach and developing a culture of online safety.
  • Recognising your responsibilities around safeguarding remote learners, adapting policy and promoting effective online safety practice.


Module 1: Your responsibilities as a DSL and Deputy DSL in relation to online safety

Module 1 will discuss what you must be aware of and understand in your role as the designated safeguarding lead or deputy safeguarding lead. It will define your role and expectations as a DSL and your responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children online.

Module 2: Statutory guidance, Ofsted and the legislative framework in relation to online safety

Module 2 will explore the statutory guidance that DSLs must be aware of around online safety in schools. It will look at the key policy documents, including Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) 2020, as well as curriculum requirements and guidance in relation to Ofsted.

Module 3: School policies including the Online Safety Policy and the Acceptable Use policy

In module 3 you will learn about the need to develop and implement different polices which will support you school’s online safety provision. It will discuss the need to ensure policies are inclusive, transparent, relevant and reflective of the current environment.

Module 4: Roles and responsibilities of governors and government expectations

In module 4 you will explore the role of school governors in implementing effective online safety practice in schools and DfE and Ofsted expectations towards ensuring governors provide the necessary support, training and direction around safeguarding children online.

Module 5: Understanding the online risks to children

Module 5 will explore different risk factors in depth. You will learn about different types of content, unsafe communication, conduct online and the effects of online harms and risks on children’s wellbeing, mental health and lifestyle.

Module 6: Developing a safe online culture

Module 6 will discuss your role in developing a whole school approach to online safety in schools. It will explore reporting mechanisms, referrals, compliance promoting good practice, teaching online safety and providing the necessary support to children.

Module 7 Safeguarding remote learners

In module 7 you will cover what your responsibilities are in relation to safeguarding remote learners in line with DfE requirements and ensuring they continue to remain safe online through blended learning and in respect adapted teaching and learning due to COVID-19.

Module 8 Staff use of digital technologies

Module 8 will explore your role in ensuring effective staff use of digital technologies, particularly in supporting enhanced teaching and learning and in complying with relevant safeguarding requirements.

Certified School Programme

Our Whole School Community Approach to Online Safety Training

Our Certified School Programme is a complete solution for schools to implement an effective approach to online safety.

It has been designed by education professionals to meet the statutory online safety safeguarding duties outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2019 guidance.

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Whole School Community Training

CPD accredited training for the whole school community, including, DSLs, teachers, school staff, parents and carers.

Monthly Online Safety Update Service

Supporting schools to stay on top of online safety related news, social media updates, gaming updates and evolving online issues.

Meet DFE Statutory Safeguarding Requirements

Designed by education professionals to meet the statutory online safety statutory duties outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2019.

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Resources, Lesson Plans and Parent Guides

Access to our Resource Hub containing over 50 platform guides and lesson plans in online safety.

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