Annual Advanced Certificate in Online Safety for DSLs and Deputy DSLs (2022-23)

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Annual Advanced Certificate in Online Safety for DSLs and Deputy DSLs (2022-23)

Course Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes (approx.)

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

Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) should take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection, including online safety. 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, and 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.

Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, independent safeguarding and inclusion consultant, our brand new online safety course for DSLs 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 and keep children safe online.

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
  • Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education
  • Teaching online safety in schools
  • Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people
  • Harmful online challenges and online hoaxes

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing up-to-date knowledge and skills in order to carry out the role effectively and provide advice and support on online safety matters.
  • Understanding how the designated safeguarding lead plays a key role in helping schools meet their online safety statutory safeguarding requirements and Ofsted expectations.
  • Recognising the importance of developing a whole-school approach to online safety and ensuring governors, senior leaders and staff receive the appropriate training.
  • Identifying and responding to different categories of online harm and abuse, reporting safeguarding concerns and supporting children and young people.
  • Understanding the importance of engaging parents and carers and developing and implementing policies to help build a culture of online safety.

Course Units


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

Module 1: Understanding the online safety landscape

Module 1 provides the background and context to online safety today and explores what challenges young people, teachers, parents and carers may face while keeping children safe online

Module 2: Statutory guidance and legislation

In module 2, you’ll look at the key policy documents that DSLs need to be aware of with respect to their online safety responsibilities and how Ofsted view online safety in education settings

Module 3: Developing an online safety policy

Module 3 discusses the need to develop and implement an online safety policy that will support your school's online safety provision, including how it should be drafted and how often it should be reviewed

Module 4: Understanding online risks – unsafe communications

In module 4 , you’ll explore the different types of online harms and risks associated with unsafe communications including the dangers around who children might engage with online (and how they might do it)

Module 5: Understanding online risks – managing online information

Module 5 will cover the associated risks and basic steps you can take to support children around managing online content and the types of activities which can place their own online information in danger

Module 6: Understanding online risks – effects on health, wellbeing and lifestyle

In module 6, you’ll learn about how technology and social media can negatively impact children’s mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle and how to support children who may be experiencing harmful behaviour

Module 7: Building a culture of online safety

In module 7, you’ll understand your role in developing a whole-school approach to online safety, looking at reporting mechanisms, referrals, compliance, promoting good practice, teaching online safety and providing the necessary support to children

Module 8: Safeguarding remote learners

Module 8 will cover what your responsibilities are with respect to safeguarding remote learners in line with DfE requirements and best practice

Module 9: Staff use of digital technologies

In module 9, you’ll 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

Module 10: Your role as a DSL and deputy DSL in relation to online safety

The final module discusses what you must be aware of and understand in your role as the DSL or deputy DSL, including training and the four areas that make up the DSLs responsibilities

Lorna Ponambalum

About The Expert

Lorna Ponambalum

Senior leader and safeguarding consultant with over 15 years’ experience as a DSL in education.
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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 2022 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 2022.

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 500 platform guides and lesson plans in online safety.

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