Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Annual Yearly Update 2024



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Designated Safeguarding Lead

Course introduction

This half day live online course offers those in safeguarding leadership the opportunity to fulfil the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education for regular updates. It is essential that your knowledge of safeguarding and child protection procedures is not only in-depth but also up to date and meets the statutory requirements.
Whether experienced or new to the role of DSLs this session will explore key changes and initiatives using a range of activities to maximise participation, including relevant case scenarios tailored to the needs of delegates and sharing of best practice. All providing you with the support on how updates and changes in statutory legislation and best practice guidance, since previous training, affects your role and safeguarding practices within the setting. There will be opportunities provided for questions as well as networking with other safeguarding professionals.

What we will cover throughout the day

  • Refresh your knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the DSL;

  • Provide DSLs with a comprehensive annual update;

  • Gain an understanding of the changes in KCSIE

  • Provide an opportunity to update knowledge and explore topical concerns, including child on child sexually harmful behaviour and sexual harassment;

  • Look at ways to respond to mental health concerns in school settings;

  • Share good practice in meeting statutory requirements;

  • Refresh understanding of thresholds for concern from early help to protection and the procedure for making a referral;

  • Gain a refresher of the child protection process including CP conferences and the contribution of the school;

  • Explore good practice relating to allegations and low-level concerns about staff and volunteers who work with children.

Target audience

Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputy Safeguarding Leads and School Governors.

Trainers for this course

Helen Elliott
Helen Elliot

Helen has had a long and varied career in Social Work and Criminal Justice and has extensive experience of safeguarding in practice, both on the front line and as a Manager. She was prev...iously a Manager of a Safeguarding Children’s Board before leaving to expand her independent work which includes audits and Independent Management Reviews. Helen has had a significant role developing and delivering training and support in safeguarding and child protection for schools, early years settings and other services and is an associate advisor for a Local Authority Partnership for School Improvement. She is also an accredited Safer Recruitment trainer and Prevent trainer and has contributed to the Home Office work relating to Gangs, Exploitation and Youth Violence as a peer reviewer.

See what others have to say about us

Don’t just take our word for it, visit our social media pages for live feedback.

@nsmtc thank you so much for the DSL training. Such an informative course delivered in an excellent way by an incredibly knowledgable trainer.

'Excellent course in so many ways. Vital DSL updates, valuable networking and all my questions answered. Would highly recommend.'

'I found this course gave me a lot of relevant advice, updates and additional information essential for my safeguarding role.'


About the venue

Stay at home, get comfortable and enjoy our live interactive course via Zoom! You’ll receive the link a few days before the course date so you can get prepared (and excited) ahead of time.

Handy course logistics

  • The course will run via Zoom from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, however, the trainer will be available 15 minutes before and after the course times to answer any questions.
  • You’ll receive mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks to re-energise.
  • This course is designed to be interactive and inclusive. We welcome questions and discussions throughout and we want you to be comfortable and stress-free no matter where you join us from!
  • Your course pack includes handouts, an M&S voucher for food, a snack, a pen and a notepad – we’ll send this to you before the day. Please note this is only for UK-based participants, international attendees will receive the pack via email.
  • Additional links and information will be emailed to you before and during the course.
  • This course is also available as an in-house / INSET training session at your school. Contact us for details.
  • Please Note – the cost is per person

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Annual Yearly Update 2024

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Thursday 17 October 2024


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