Designated Safeguarding Leads

Training Requirements

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) should complete the Children’s MARS Child Protection masterclass training. Once completed, DSLs should not repeat this but should instead do one or a combination of the following, over a two year period…

  • A Children’s MARS training module at masterclass level of their choosing. This will be certificated
  • Attend some or all of the DSL termly update meetings. These draw upon Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 and Working Together 2018. These will be certificated.
  • Complete any relevant national online training
  • Record any other training as part of continuous professional development e.g. National conferences or in house training.

This keeps DSLs up to date with local developments, allows them to develop specialist knowledge of specific safeguarding issues that may be more relevant to their specific role/school.

For new DSLs who are unable to book on a Child Protection masterclass due to it being full, a bespoke training session will be arranged. In such cases, please contact

Meeting papers and resources

02 October 2019

21 March 2019

Training Programme

There is an extensive range of safeguarding training for people working with children, young people and their families. The training programme can be found here

How to book on

To book your place on a course, please complete and return the Course Booking Form to


Child Protection

19 & 20 May 2020 9.30am – 4.30pm at Church Square House

18 & 19 August 2020 9.30am – 4.30pm at Church Square House

18 & 19 November 2020 9.30am – 4.30pm at Church Square House

This course will develop an awareness of professional’s responsibilities to safeguard children and the key processes that underpin this.

It is not necessary to repeat this course unless you have been out of front line local practice for more than two years

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Termly Training Session

08 July 2020 09:00-13:30 at Church Square House

These sessions meet Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 and Working Together 2018 requirements.

Topics covered include Ofsted Safeguarding Inspection, Child Death Review, Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Local Learning Reviews.

Domestic Abuse – The Blue Door training programme

The full Blue Door Domestic Abuse Training Programme 2019/20 is available here.

Once available, complete and return The Blue Door Booking Form [DOC 31KB] as directed.


Safeguarding Awareness Booklet 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Booklet

Child Sexual Exploitation  (CSE) Booklet

For more information, please contact the Multi Agency Innovation Hub.