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EYFS : Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) Training for Childcare Settings - Initial Training (Virtual)

Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Admin Contact
Workforce Development Training Events Team (
Target Audience
Childminders - EYEE Childminders / Designated Safeguarding Leads
target audience
Course Types
Virtual Classroom
Course categories
Early Years and Childcare
EYFS Training / Safeguarding and Child Protection
Course description

Important note. Full joining instructions, including links to access the training and guidance will be attached to the bottom of your confirmation email. Please ensure you read these prior to the course start date and keep them in a safe place.

Please check your spam/junk mail folders for expected emails not showing in your inbox, and take action to ensure these get delivered to your inbox in future.

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 that you are familiar with the course materials attached to your booking confirmation before the course.

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 and young people 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.

Training objectives
Learning outcomes

  • 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.

Additional Information

This training will be delivered via Zoom. Joining instructions with a link to this meeting will be sent near to the training date.

Please ensure you are logged in and ready to go at least 15 minutes before the start of the course so you allow some time for you to resolve any technical issues, as we are unable to provide assistance on the day.

Target Audience

  • 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.

Maximum delegates - 2 per organisation.

Refreshments are provided, however lunch is not




Start Date
Saturday 9 January 2021
End Date
Saturday 16 January 2021
Closing Date
Wednesday 6 January 2021
10:00 - 16:00
Maximum Places
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