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Level 4 Designated Safeguarding Officer Training for colleges and training providers

Our Level 4 Designated Safeguarding Person Training for colleges and  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 latest updates and Ofsted guidance, including Child Exploitation and County Lines.

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, September 2019.

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, September 2019.

Please note, all attendees 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
  • update knowledge on latest trends and topics within safeguarding
  • 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:

  • 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 lunch, tea, coffee and snacks.

The price includes:

  • Highly qualified safeguarding expert trainers
  • Training that has been written by former Ofsted inspectors
  • Best for Training Continuous Professional Development attendance certificate detailing content and level of training
  • Lunch, tea, coffee and snacks

Anne Horn

Anne has worked in education for over 15 years and is passionate about high quality teaching and training. Anne led her department to outstanding for over consecutive 10 years. Anne’s prior experiences as a Ofsted Inspector allows her to provide support to schools, colleges and training providers as an consultant offering pre inspection support and guidance. Anne is dedicated to improving standards in safeguarding. She has written training programmes for Early Years, Schools and Colleges and ensured the training of thousands of staff members has been rigorous, informative and improved the quality of safeguarding for childcare and vulnerable adults winning the Nursery World Trainer of the Year 2017 for this work. Anne is a lay member of her Local Safeguarding Partnership (LSCB).

Sam Sutton

Sam has many years experience working in the further education sector; leading on apprenticeship provision, vocational and professional qualifications for adults and study programmes for young people. As a former member of the senior leadership team of a College she was responsible for safeguarding vulnerable young people and the study programme.

Sam has worked as an Ofsted Inspector and is a consultant and lecturer for Anglia Ruskin University. Sam’s sector expertise is wide ranging and she is passionate about high quality training and assessment. She holds higher level qualifications in leadership  teaching, childcare and is passionate about high quality safeguarding practice and leadership. Sam is a Home Office approved PREVENT trainer and is approved by local safeguarding boards to train safeguarding.

Rick Olver

As an experienced practitioner in FE and Community Education, Rick was Vice Principal and Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer at a Community College. He led the development of robust safeguarding systems, embedding them across the organisation to meet the changing requirement of Ofsted. He was their nominee at their successful inspections. He created strong links across the Local Authority developing  a specific centre for Learners with Profound and Multiple Disabilities and Difficulties. Rick was involved with Regional Groupings looking at Safeguarding across the FE spectrum but also specifically the 16-18 year old students and apprentices. As Chair of Trustees at a Mental Health and Therapeutic Gardening Charity, Rick  has responsibility for the Safeguarding procedures across the organisation. This organisation attracts a wide range of users including vulnerable adults, people with learning disabilities and children.

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31 reviews for Level 4 Designated Safeguarding Officer Training for colleges and training providers

  1. 4 out of 5


    Interesting content and excellent knowledge.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Excellent course pace and resources.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Very interesting training. Excellent standard of teaching.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Excellent standard of teaching, resources and relevance of content.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Gathered information on areas to cover in staff development.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Very interesting and engaging. Relevant and thought provoking.

  7. 5 out of 5


    Highlighted new policies and good to know what happens after referrals. Didn’t know about county lines.

  8. 5 out of 5


    Excellent standard of teaching and delivery of information.

  9. 5 out of 5


    It was extremely informative, well presented and a great course.

  10. 5 out of 5


    Updated knowledge and expectations of job role. Very informative.

  11. 5 out of 5


    Informative, interesting, the right balance between doing activities, discussion and listening.

  12. 5 out of 5


    Very informative course, a lot to put into practice.

  13. 5 out of 5


    New information to take back and update staff on. Gets me thinking about how to do things differently. Also what we do is very good as well. Thank you 🙂

  14. 5 out of 5


    I really feel that I’m more prepared for this role and know where to go for advice if needed.

  15. 5 out of 5


    Learning about county lines and how it affects children/families in my setting went well.

  16. 5 out of 5


    Updated own knowledge and what I need to do to update others.

  17. 5 out of 5


    Really friendly tutors and explained everything well.

  18. 5 out of 5


    Having the activity pack and time to discuss in groups worked well

  19. 5 out of 5


    Lots of info and discussions between other professionals which was nice as just become a designated lead

  20. 5 out of 5


    Really useful information on county lines as had barely any knowledge of this.

  21. 5 out of 5


    Clear information given and presented well

  22. 5 out of 5


    The interaction/collaborative practice worked well.

  23. 5 out of 5


    Very informative and set out clear expectations. Really inclusive of all sectors.

  24. 5 out of 5


    Enjoyed the group work and found the activities engaging and useful.

  25. 5 out of 5


    Discussion of topics went well as did delivery of difficult material in a sensitive way.

  26. 5 out of 5


    Thought provoking content, really pleased it prompted discussions around high level referals and how to manage different scenarios.

  27. 5 out of 5


    Short focused tasks worked well. Good pace meant that attendees were able to feed back succinctly before moving on. Effective use of visual aids to enhance learning.

  28. 4 out of 5


    very engaging trainers, with a good knowledge of the subject.

  29. 5 out of 5


    Small group so great opportunity for more detailed, relevant discussions.

  30. 5 out of 5


    Allowed an opportunity to reflect on where we are as an organisation and where I am as a DSL. Also discussed experiences with others.

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    Knowledgeable, engaging trainer, good classmates and a chance to talk things through.

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Duration 6 Hours
Level Level 4
Valid for 2 years
Location London, Birmingham or Manchester
Times 9.30am - 3.30pm
Price £195.00

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