Training Courses

Designated Safeguarding Lead (Education Settings)

« Back

Target Group:

Designated Safeguarding Leads and their nominated deputies in Early Years Settings, Schools, Colleges and Childminders.

Delegates should be familiar with Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019) and there is an expectation that they have attended a level 2 safeguarding training course/event.

Course Aims:
This course is aimed at Designated Safeguarding Leads and their nominated deputies in education settings. It aims to explain the expectations of the role to you and looks at some of the issues you could face whilst practising in this role. The course will also look at how delegates can start preparing their workplace for the safeguarding element of an Ofsted inspection.

Intended Impact:
• Considered some of the challenges we face managing safeguarding and potential solutions to these
• Recognise a safe recruitment process
• Be able to prepare for the safeguarding element of an Ofsted inspection.
• Explain the purpose of keeping safeguarding records and recognise the pitfalls practitioners can fall into when recording.
• Know what to do if a child discloses abuse or neglect to them and be able to support staff in a similar position.
• To look at situations and map them against the local thresholds
• Feel comfortable to share information appropriately in accordance with national guidance.


Delegates should look to attend the annual DSL Conference, whilst they remain in their current role, as continuous professional development. The conference will include the latest updates relevant to DSL’s. Re-attendance to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Education Settings) course is required every two years.

Isle of Wight Council employees should book via SAP when possible. Employees without access to SAP and external delegates can book by completing the online application form

Course Trainer:
Paul Barnard

Trainer Biography:
Paul Barnard is a qualified and registered social worker (SW 20766) who has spent 30 years working in a variety of roles across the children’s workforce, most recently as the LADO for the Isle of Wight. Paul has worked in a number of different roles throughout his career, mainly locally here on the Island. Paul combined his many years of experience in social work with his training expertise to form Missing Solutions, his safeguarding consultancy company.
As the company has grown, so has its client base across the south of England. Specialising in providing a range of learning and development opportunities to the children's workforce; particularly those services inspected and regulated by Ofsted. Missing Solutions have seen a number of their clients improve safeguarding practices and subsequently improve Ofsted ratings.
Feedback from this course remains overwhelmingly positive.

Date: 10 March 2020    Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Thompson House, Sandy Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 3NA


External (including schools/partner agencies): £75.00
Contracted ASC Providers: £53.00
Registered Charities: £53.00
Early Years Providers (Subscribing): Fully funded through subscription payment
Isle of Wight Council Staff (Non-schools): Fully funded through corporate training budget
Short Breaks providers and organisations delivering services on our behalf: Additional places will cost £75.00