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Designated Safeguarding Leads & Deputies

All face to face safeguarding training is cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are developing 'virtual' training courses and will email all DSL/D's to let them know when this is available.

*2021 Virtual Advanced Initial Training dates now available below

The Training Pathway for Designated Safeguarding Leads & Deputies includes the training pathways below:



  • Advanced INITIAL Safeguarding Children in Education Training
  • Advanced REFRESHER Safeguarding Children in Education Training annually
  • Signs of Safety Training
  • Prevent Training
  • Working Together: promoting well-being and keeping children safe (multi-agency)
  • Conferences and Core Groups (multi-agency)

Advanced INITIAL Safeguarding Children in Education:

Before you complete this training you must have completed the face-to-face Basic/Whole-School Safeguarding Children in Education Training with Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) within the last 3 years or the e-learning Safeguarding in Education since March 2020.

To take on the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy role this 2 day training must be completed with the SCSP through the Quality Assurance & Involvement Service (QAIS). If you have trained in a different Local Authority you must complete this training with the SCSP to ensure you understand Sheffield safeguarding policies and procedures.

This course is also useful for pastoral and support staff with safeguarding responsibilities.

The course programme will consider legislation and practice guidance to develop confidence to work in partnership with other agencies and professionals to support children and their families involved in safeguarding & child protection issues. There will be presentations from the trainers & outside speakers, with group exercises to assist discussion.

The course is free for maintained schools and academies. There is a charge for 'free' and independent school staff attending. 

'Virtual' training dates for 2021 are below, however:

  • Each course will have 14 places only
  • We will prioritise settings who urgently need DSL/D training, talk to your advisor
  • If your training is not a priority, apply for a course after Spring half-term
  • We will only accept one booking per setting per course
  • Each course day will have 2 live modules: 9.30-12 and 1-3.30pm - you must attend all 4 modules to complete the training

Spring term 2021:

Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th January
Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd February
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th February

Half Term

Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th February
Thursday 4th & Friday 5th March
Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th March
Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th March
Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th March
Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st March

Summer term 2021:

Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th April
Thursday 6th & Friday 7th May
Thursday 27th & Friday 28th May
Half Term
Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd June
Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd July
Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th July

The booking form for this course is here: Advanced Initial Safeguarding Children in Education 20-21 (Virtual)

Advanced REFRESHER Safeguarding Children in Education:

In Sheffield, Designated Safeguarding Lead's and Deputies (DSL/D's) must attend this half-day training each year to keep up to date with safeguarding developments.

The annual refresher programme will highlight topical safeguarding & child protection issues & changes in legislation, procedure and practice.

We will be adding details about 'virtual' training once they have been finalised.

Safeguarding Under 5's in Schools Training:

For all Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputies (DSL/D's) and Foundation Stage Leads in schools with pupils who are under 5 years old.

The training will provide an understanding of the mandatory safeguarding & welfare requirements in the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, DfE 2017.

The EYFS Statutory Framework has not been significantly updated since 2014, so anyone who has already attended this training since Sept 2014 does not need to repeat the training. We will email everyone to let them know if this changes in the future.

We will be adding details about 'virtual' training once they have bee

Multi-Agency Training:

Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputies are required to complete:

The SCSP also provides a variety of multi-agency training, workshops and seminars which include: adult mental health; parents in prison; parents who are drug or alcohol misusers; neglect; working with uncooperative families, and more.

For further information and to apply for a place on one of the courses, go to: Multi-Agency Training

Prevent Training:

Designated Safeguarding Leads & Deputies are required to attend the ‘Workshop for Raising Awareness of Prevent’ (WRAP) and to provide briefings, awareness, advice and support to staff & volunteers in their setting.

'Prevent' Training is provided free of charge through 'Learn Sheffield', please email: bookings@learnsheffield.co.uk

For further enquiries please email: Safeguarding Children Training


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