During the course, participants will gain:
- A better understanding of the responsibilities of the DSL, the Head Teacher/Principal and the Governing Body
- Knowledge of national and local documentation, procedures and requirements for record keeping
- Knowledge of multi-agency working including Early Help and Child Protection situations and processes
- Knowledge of procedures for dealing with allegations against staff and good practice in reducing the risk of such allegations
Up to date information on issues of current concern, including recommendations from serious case reviews:
- Birmingham Local Authority have determined that that best practice for our city would be:
- Initially for new DSLs or deputy DSLs – Attendance on 2 day DSL training course
- 2 years later – attendance on a ½ day update
- 2 years later – attendance on a ½ day update
- 2 years later – attendance on a 2 day DSL training course (unless DSL or deputy DSL is confident that they are up-to-date).
In schools in which staff are accessing training, briefings and network meetings regularly and using the procedures in practice on a regular basis the DSL trained staff should continue to attend an update every two years unless they recognise for themselves a need to start again by attending the two day training.
However, if your DSL training lapses because you haven’t kept your training ‘in-date’ then you should attend the 2 day DSL training to get ‘back on track’. Services for Education remain the preferred supplier, but of course the decision remains with the Head and Governing Body.
For more information contact us here or call us on 0121 366 9950.
“Fantastic two day course for me towards becoming a DSL and supporting my school and the students within it who need reach out. Content rich day and so many more to take away. Invaluable information and certainly has give me food for thought.” Arlene Croydon – Assistant Principal – Cockshut Hill School
About the Trainers
Sandra Passmore – Senior Adviser, Services For Education
Sandra is a Senior Adviser in the School Support Service and has extensive experience in safeguarding, health and wellbeing and evidence based practice. She has worked nationally with key government departments (Departments of Health and Education) to help shape strategy and policy whilst still retaining the focus on working for the best outcomes for children and young people.
She has a PhD on the psychology of health related choices which has informed the development of award winning, evidence based programmes such as Health for Life in primary schools and Health for Life in nursery schools which have been proven to have a sustainable impact on improving the health and wellbeing of children and families.
Sandra has for many years been a lead in developing and delivering the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) training that trains and supports all headteachers, senior leaders and other staff. She has been pivotal in expanding the remit of the safeguarding work to also include issues such as domestic abuse and sexual violence and harassment within the education context.
Sandra passion for improving the lives of children has lead her to develop work within Public Health and managed RCT (Randomised Control Trials) on the effectiveness of interventions such as the daily mile. She is also working with colleagues both locally and nationally to reduce health inequalities in children both in early years and primary schools. Additionally Sandra has written books for teachers and pupils as well as peer reviewed academic journal papers.
Jo Perrin – Adviser, Services For Education
Jo Perrin taught PSHE in schools for over a decade and held the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead and pastoral lead. She currently works as an Education Adviser for Services For Education which allows her to combine her experience in schools with a personal knowledge of child protection and childhood trauma as a foster carer.
In addition, Jo worked as a West Midlands’ Adviser for a national PSHE resource, has delivered a presentation to the Sex Education Forum National Members’ Event and has created a variety of RSE resources as part of her role for Services For Education.
Jo’s advisory experience is not limited to training school staff as she works with non-education based organisations to support them in safeguarding and emotional health and well-being aims and is an affiliated trainer for Mental Health At Work.
Tricia Bunn – Adviser, Services For Education
Over a career spanning 20 years, Tricia has been involved in primary Education in a variety of contexts – as a teacher; senior leader; headteacher (within an LEA and within an Academy) and teacher educator. She is an experienced, successful headteacher, having led two schools since 2010.
For three years Tricia was Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Wolverhampton. In this role she was Module leader for English and Lead Tutor for the PGCE. Tricia is part of our School improvement team and is a tutor on the SFE primary initial teacher training programme.
She is the Lead English Adviser and co-leads on our curriculum development programme. Another key part of her most recent work has been embedding an understanding of cognitive theory into CPD, and ensuring this is the basis of work going forward.