In light of continuing Government advice regarding the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) and social distancing, the majority of our face to face courses remain cancelled. Alternatively, we are pleased to offer an increasing range of online and virtual courses. Please see individual courses for details.
This course will explain the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and to give practitioners the skills to undertake the role within a childcare setting. The course facilitates achieving excellence in Child Protection and Safeguarding by giving tools to embed this into an establishment's organisational culture.
Please ensure you are familiar with the Continuum of Need and the Indicators, the Prevent Duty guidance and Information on British Values, all attached for your information.
There is an expectation that as the DSL you know the signs, indicators and pre-disposing risk factors of abuse. If you are unsure of these please ensure you access the online safeguarding children course before you attend this training. You can access this training by clicking on the Elearning tab at the top of this page.
If you have already attended this training and need to update your training you must attend the EYFS: Designated Safeguarding Leads Training for Childcare Settings – Refresher Training. The refresher course has been reviewed to support experienced DSL's who have attended the initial training. This initial course is specifically designed to meet the needs of new DSL's.
The signs and indicators of child abuse and any action practitioners should take.
Understanding of the context in which abuse may occur.
The various symptoms, indicators and risk factors associated with actual or potential abuse.
Current legislation and guidance and how it relates to the safety and welfare of children and young people.
Pan-Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Compliance.
Inter-agency working and Thresholds for Intervention, including Early Help.
Effective referrals, including what information is required to support an effective referral and how to present it.
Attendance at Child Protection Conferences.
The role and responsibilities of DSLs.
The requirement for good observation and record keeping within their role.
Interactions with parents.
Allegations against staff, including whistleblowing.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s) who deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in Ofsted registered private, voluntary or independent childcare settings.
Ofsted registered childminders and childminders registered with an Ofsted registered childminding agency.
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) working in a nursery that is managed by or is part of a maintained, academy or independent school. Please note, the school DSL is accountable for the nursery provision that is managed by or part of a school and DDSL’s will still need to be aware of school safeguarding procedures.
If you have already attended this training and are needing to refresh the course you should attend the EYFS: Designated Safeguarding Leads Training for Childcare Settings – Refresher Training.