Face to Face via Wakefield Traded Services:

Designated Safeguarding Training (DSL) - Initial


This advanced level, two day safeguarding course, delivered by WSCP, is for Education staff taking on the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) i.e. for anyone who is part of the Safeguarding Team in Education settings.

The legislation covered in this course applies to maintained nurseries as well as schools and colleges.

Delegates are expected to have read their own safeguarding policy before attending the course.


Designated Safeguarding Leads from Education setting/ members of the Safeguarding Team who require this advanced level of safeguarding training.

This is initial DSL training for those who are new to the role. If you are already a trained DSL and need a refresher please book onto the Refresher DSL course.

Booking information

Delegates will need to do both days together, and attend the entire course to achieve the objectives and certificate. It will not be possible to split the days or leave the course early.

To be a DSL in Wakefield it is recommended that you complete this course plus other recommended training which you will be signposted to on the course.

Delegates are expected to have familiarised themselves with the WSCP Schools and Colleges pages on the WSCP website.

For dates, further information & to book

For available dates, further information and to book please see Wakefield Traded Services website

Course Highlights
  • Clarify the role and responsibilities of the DSL and best practice.
  • Summarise legislation, guidance and inspection criteria relating to education and safeguarding.
  • Consider current issues in safeguarding.
  • Recognise ACES, the impact of abuse and Trauma Informed Practice.
  • Apply lessons learnt for schools in Serious Cases.
  • Identify blocks for staff and consider how to overcome these – ‘temperature check’ your school. (Audit available)
  • Recognise how values affect decision making.
  • Explain issues around recording and information sharing.
  • Recognise the current Wakefield position and Early Help requirement of schools.
  • Determine what steps are to be taken to safeguard, in line with policy and procedures including how to deal with disagreements.
  • State further role of DSL following a referral.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the emotional aspect of safeguarding work.
  • Identify a network of support and further information

Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership are committed with its obligations under the new EU GDPR Data Protection Act 2018 that came into force on the 25th May 2018 by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect your personal data.

We keep your personal data for no longer than reasonably necessary for a period of 3 years in order to offer upcoming courses, briefings and updates around safeguarding. We use your data to provide certificates once you have attended one of the sessions we provide, and to ensure that we have an appropriate sign in register with your name for fire safety purposes. After the 3 year period we will ensure that your data/information is destroyed in accordance under the new GDPR act.

The personal data that we collect about you are: your name, email, phone number and work address. If you require a copy of the data we hold for you, you can contact us by emailing wscpevents@wakefield.gov.uk.

Courses are free for the statutory, voluntary and community sector in Wakefield, however failure to attend without giving prior notice may result in a charge to cover costs. You may now be charged for undertaking our training if you are outside of Wakefield. Please see the Charging Policy for full details.

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