Level 3 Certificate in Safeguarding for Designated Safeguarding Leads

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About The Course

Level 3 Certificate in Safeguarding for Designated Safeguarding Leads

About the Course

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) should take lead responsibility for all safeguarding and child protection matters in schools. They should attend level 3 training in order to effectively carry out their role and must be aware of the relevant statutory safeguarding requirements, legislative duties, Ofsted regulation and child protection frameworks.

Our Level 3 Essential CPD course in the role of a designated safeguarding lead provides you with the core content you need to ensure adherence with all of your safeguarding obligations. Delivered in high-quality video CPD format that has been skilfully organised for busy workloads and is accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere, our Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Lead 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 nine easily digestible modules and contains links to further learning and resources throughout, with knowledge tests and assessments to help you evidence your safeguarding compliance.

Designed in line with the following policies

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) 2019 and 2020
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
  • The Children and Social Care Act 2017
  • The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015
  • The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • The Childcare Act 2006
  • The Children Act 1989 and 2004
  • Every Child Matters 2004

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a designated safeguarding lead and key safeguarding legislation, statutory guidance and Ofsted requirements.
  • Recognising the need for safeguarding training, defining what safeguarding is and understanding your duty of care.
  • Identifying and responding to different types of harm and abuse, managing disclosures and the role of contextual safeguarding.
  • Understanding the safeguarding structure, how to respond to safeguarding concerns and recognising the 7 golden rules of sharing information.
  • Recognising how to record safeguarding concerns and managing allegations against staff.


Module 1: Introduction to safeguarding

In module 1, you will 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 Structure and Guidance

In module 2, you will learn about the key legislation and guidance that underpins safeguarding in schools. You will also cover the single assessment process, low level, emerging and complex needs, child protection concerns and safeguarding in relation to the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework.

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

Module 3 will discuss what you must be aware of and understand in your role as the designated safeguarding lead. It will define your role and expectations as a DSL, your responsibilities in relation to Keeping Children Safe in Education, safeguarding in response to COVID-19, safer recruitment procedures and DBS checks.

Module 4: Recognising and responding to abuse

Module 4 will provide you with an in-depth look at recognising and responding to different types of abuse. It will explore the four main categories of abuse, as well as domestic abuse, online abuse, CSE, FGM, trafficking, grooming and radicalisation. It will also cover contextual safeguarding, children at high risk and explore why children don’t always disclose information.

Module 5: Disclosures from children

In module 5, you will learn how a concern may come to your attention as a DSL and how to respond to a disclosure. You will also understand what not to do, what the key messages are that children need to hear and explore some of the main reasons why adults don’t take action.

Module 6: Response to safeguarding concerns

Module 6 will cover how you should respond to safeguarding concerns. It will explore best practice around the sharing of information, delve deeper into the safeguarding structure and discuss the importance of Serious Case Reviews.

Module 7: Responses under the safeguarding structure

In module 7, you will learn about making referrals and contacting social care. You will learn what to include in a referral, when and how to follow up a referral, understand when and why social care do and don’t action and what to do if you don’t agree with a decision.

Module 8: Recording safeguarding concerns

Module 8 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 records retention and storage policy.

Module 9: Management of allegations against staff in the school

In module 9 you will understand what constitutes an allegation against a member of staff, explore statutory guidance in relation to KCSiE, recognise what to do when an allegation is received, how internal investigations are carried out and how to minimise allegations against staff.

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.

NOS Certified School Accreditation

Accreditation for your school including a certified school plaque when you meet our approval criteria.

Dedicated Online Safety eLearning Hub

Implement training to all staff and parents with just one click and report on course access and completion.

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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