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Course overview

In this online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training, you’ll explore key safeguarding legislation, learn about working with different agencies, revisit foundational child protection principles and receive guidance on addressing allegations and making referrals.

This is an advanced course. We would recommend taking our online Safeguarding Children training as an introduction to safeguarding children and child protection.

If you require safeguarding training for adults at risk you can take our online Safeguarding Lead Training for Children and Vulnerable Adults course.

The content meets the required knowledge previously set in the Level 3 safeguarding training framework, which was often used in education and other sectors. If you work in healthcare, then levels for safeguarding training are still used. Healthcare professionals still follow a framework that refers to safeguarding levels for training, which outlines minimum training and competency requirements for various roles and it is essential to refer to this framework to ensure you’re selecting the appropriate safeguarding course. 

  • Developed by qualified safeguarding professionals
  • Accredited by The CPD Group
  • In line with the latest Department for Education statutory guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Fulfils safeguarding training outcomes specified by governing bodies
  • Specific safeguarding scenarios and content for safeguarding children and adults at risk
  • Supported by a dedicated customer service team
  • Fully online and instant access 24/7
  • Use any device with internet access
  • Stop and restart at any point
  • Automated reminders when training is due for renewal
  • Free retakes if needed
  • Manage and track your learners’ course progress if you coordinate team training

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What you will learn

This online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to perform your duties and responsibilities as a Safeguarding Lead.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Build on the knowledge you learned in our introductory safeguarding course.
  • Define the law and framework behind safeguarding lead guidance.
  • Identify the key components and responsibilities for a Designated Safeguarding Lead role.
  • Handle and process concerns correctly.
  • Accurately record and share safeguarding information.
  • Ensure good safeguarding practice is embedded within your organisation and provide a culture so everybody can fulfil their safeguarding obligations.
  • Collaborate with statutory and non-statutory agencies.
  • Offer guidance, information and training to other members of staff.
  • Maintain effective communication channels advocating safeguarding and understanding the importance of safe information sharing.


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1. Introduction

In this module, you will get an overview of the duties and requirements for the Designated Safeguarding Lead role.

Upon completion of this module, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the qualities, duties and skills required to be a successful Designated Safeguarding Lead.

2. Building on Existing Safeguarding Knowledge

This module will refresh and expand upon your foundational safeguarding and child protection knowledge.

By the end of the module, you’ll will have refreshed your knowledge of the different types of abuse, their signs in children and young people and learn about some of the key myths surrounding child abuse and the importance of being child-focused.

3. Safeguarding Law and Guidance

This module teaches you the laws about child protection and safeguarding and helps you understand when a child or a young person might need support. You will also learn about different regional legislation in the UK. 

By the end of the module, you will understand how these laws relate to safeguarding and what your part is in keeping children safe.

4. The Designated Safeguarding Lead Role

The Designated Safeguarding Lead roles plays a cruicial role in keeping children safe and promoting a culture of protection in an organisation. This module helps you grasp the significance and duties of this role.

By the end of the module, you’ll know how to be the central contact for safeguarding and child protection in your setting, how to create safeguarding policies and where to get advice and guidance when needed.

5. Communication: Recording and Sharing Information

The DSL role focuses on improving communication. It’s essential that there is a culture for open communication. This means removing any obstacles to open communication, ensuring opportunities for disclosure are available and communication between departments is promoted.

After this module, you’ll see why good communication is crucial, understand how to share information safely and see how the DSL helps promote a culture of open dialogue and communication.

6. Collaborating with Safeguarding Agencies

The DSL is a central contact for many different agencies. Understanding the role of these agencies and the tools they use will help you in your DSL role to respond quickly and effectively to different situations. 

By the end of this module, you’ll understand about the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and other statutory and non-statutory agencies and how all these official agencies should work effectively together to keep children safe and promote their well-being.

7. Managing Complaints and Allegations

An open culture is essential for raising safeguarding concerns. All complaints should be taken seriously and the DSL must ensure that the process for complaints is fair and appropriate.

By the end of this module, you’ll have a better understanding of the complaints process, who should be involved and the correct steps to take to handle and progress concerns.

Who is this course for?

  • Education staff 
  • Childminders and nannies
  • Out-of-school club and sports club staff
  • Early years practitioners
  • Healthcare and non-clinical staff 
  • Social care workers
  • Youth workers
  • Volunteers, church leaders and charity workers 

This online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training is suitable for managers, practitioners and anyone with a DSL role or child protection responsibilities. You can also take this course if you want to enhance your safeguarding knowledge or are interested in becoming a DSL.


This online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training course is accredited by The CPD Group.

Upon successful completion of this online course, you’ll be sent a personalised digital certificate as a PDF, enabling you to download and print it.

You can access a copy, reprint or download this certificate on our LMS (Learning Management System). This is your proof that you have been trained in safeguarding best practices and achieved compliance. The certificates include a verification number so anybody can authenticate the certificate’s legitimacy.

Our certifications include a renewal date but there is no legal requirement to renew your training and certificate within a specific timeframe. However, we do recommend that you arrange refresher training after 2 years as safeguarding guidance does change. You should update your safeguarding knowledge and skills regularly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Does this online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training qualify me to become the Designated Safeguarding Lead in my organisation?

If you are a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for your organisation, you must complete both an introductory safeguarding training course and a specific Designated Safeguarding Lead Training course. This online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training builds on existing knowledge gained from our online Safeguarding Children training course.

We recommend that Designated Safeguarding Leads working in education check with their appropriate safeguarding agencies to understand the DSL training requirements for their local authority

Does this course cover Designated Safeguarding Leading training for adults? 

No, this online DSL training focuses on safeguarding children and young people. If you would like DSL training that also covers adults at risk, please take our online Safeguarding Lead Training for Children and Vulnerable Adults course.

Is this online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training suitable to take for those outside of a school setting?

Absolutely. Our online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training is an advanced course that builds on our online Safeguarding Children course. It’s designed for anyone who is a safeguarding lead for their organisation or carries out child protection duties and responsibilities.

Before taking this Designated Safeguarding Lead training, should I complete an introductory safeguarding course?

Yes. Before taking this DSL Training, you should complete an introductory course, like our online Safeguarding in Education or online Safeguarding Children course. This online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training expands on foundational knowledge, delving deeper into processes, procedures, legislation, agency collaboration and managing allegations and making referrals.

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