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Level 4 Designated Safeguarding Officer Training for Schools and Colleges


Our Level 4 Designated Safeguarding Person Training for schools, colleges and apprenticeship/ training providers  is designed for existing or new designated safeguarding persons in educational settings. This training will give attendees the knowledge and confidence to undertake this demanding and vital role. All our safeguarding training is delivered by approved safeguarding trainers with excellent occupational experience. All our safeguarding training includes the PREVENT duty as standard.

Ofsted specifies that ‘there is a designated senior member of staff in charge of safeguarding arrangements who has been trained to the appropriate level and understands their responsibilities relating to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults and the safeguarding of all learners.’ Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings, October 2018.

This training is designed to meet the training requirements of Designated Safeguarding Officers working in education.  The event will give attendees the opportunity to explore the requirements of the role in detail, wider considerations for safeguarding in educational environments and identify best practice. The training is interactive and thought provoking.

All staff should receive training when first undertaking this role, and thereafter on a 2 yearly basis as a minimum. Ofsted state ‘Designated members of staff in schools and colleges should be a senior member of the school or college leadership team and they should undertake safeguarding training every two years and their knowledge and skills should be refreshed at regular intervals, but at least annually’. Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings, October 2018.

Please note, all attendee will be expected to have previously completed a introductory safeguarding course.

This one day training event includes key information for anyone undertaking the role of a Designated Safeguarding Officer. It will allow attendees time for reflection and discussion on key topics the affect safeguarding in their schools and colleges.


Following the event, attendees will able to:

  • describe the role and responsibilities of the designated safeguarding officer
  • describe the key legislation and guidance that informs your setting’s policy for safeguarding and welfare, including Ofsted requirements
  • investigate attitudes and beliefs regarding child abuse and the impact of these on professional practice
  • understand the barriers that prevent children from reporting abuse
  • identify the barriers that prevent staff from reporting concerns and how to overcome them
  • making decisions about the steps to take when concerns about a child have been identified
  • understand what may happen following a referral
  • identify issues around recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
  • recognise the emotional impact of safeguarding, the importance of supervision and  personal support
  • reflect on your organisation’s action plan, policy and procedures

This course is in line with the latest legislation and guidance, including:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Working together to safeguard children
  • Keeping children safe in education
  • Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings.

The day is planned to begin at 9.30am and complete by 4.30pm.

The day will include a hot lunch, tea, coffee and snacks.

The price includes:

  • Highly qualified safeguarding expert trainers
  • Best for Training Continuous Professional Development attendance certificate detailing content and level of training
  • Hot lunch, tea, coffee and snacks

Sam Sutton and Anne Horn have worked in senior leadership roles in education for many years.  They are highly experienced and knowledgeable in the safeguarding arena and have extensive experience of providing safeguarding training. Both Anne and Sam have worked as Designated Safeguarding leads and have been actively involved in multi agency working. Both are Home Office approved PREVENT trainers as well as being LSCB approved safeguarding trainers. Additionally, Anne is currently a lay member of her local LSCB. Anne’s exceptional work to promote best practice in safeguarding in Early Years and School was recognised when she won the national award for Nursery World Trainer of the Year.

As former Ofsted Inspectors, Sam and Anne also provide consultancy services to colleges and apprenticeship training providers to help then prepare for Ofsted inspections and monitoring visits.

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Start On 4th March 2019
Duration 6 Hours
Level Level 4
Valid for 3 years
Location London
Times 9.30am - 4.30pm
Price £195.00


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