• Level 3
  • 4-6 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Designated Safeguarding Lead Training – Level 3

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training Course aims to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively lead and manage safeguarding efforts within organizations. Whether you're new to this role or seeking to enhance your existing expertise, this course will empower you to create a safe environment for vulnerable individuals while complying with relevant legislation and best practices.

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Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training Course is tailored to provide individuals with the essential knowledge and skills required for leading and overseeing safeguarding within organisations. Whether you're new to this role or looking to enhance your current skills, this course will enable you to establish a secure environment for vulnerable individuals.

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Course Summary

  • Demonstrate an understanding of safeguarding legislation, including the roles of Local Safeguarding Partnerships and Safeguarding Adults Boards, alongside the responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
  • Formulate, implement, and advise on safeguarding policies, procedures, and staff training in compliance with legal requirements and best practices.
  • Identify the signs, symptoms, and behavioural indicators of abuse, with the ability to manage disclosures and preserve evidence effectively.
  • Navigate the procedures of local authority involvement post-disclosure and handle allegations against staff in a legally compliant manner.
  • Integrate and promote multi-agency working within the organisation to ensure a cohesive approach to safeguarding across all levels.

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    Where do you deliver this DSL training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in Stoke on Trent, London, Swindon, Epsom & York if you need access to a training room (additional charges will apply). We can also deliver this training virtually using Zoom. However, sessions delivered via Zoom will be theory only and will not include any practicals.

    How long will the designated safeguarding lead training last?

    This training will last 4-6 hours. We give a range of time to account for variable factors such as; underlying knowledge and competence of delegates, class interaction and engagement and reduced delegate numbers. If a course finishes earlier than the allotted time, it will be due to one of these reasons. However, our trainer will ensure that all learning outcomes have been met.

Safeguarding Training for Designated Leads

This special course is made just for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in schools, care homes, or other places that take children and adult. It gives you all the deep knowledge and skills you need to be a good leader in keeping everyone safe.

The Leve 3 safeguarding training covers both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for the Designated Safeguarding Lead role through case studies, scenarios and knowledge checks. Updating this training periodically is crucial to stay current on changes to legislation and best practices.

Organisations that commonly require Designated Safeguarding Leads include schools, childcare settings, sports clubs, healthcare providers, charities and any services that work with children or vulnerable adults.

The DSL training equips the designated lead to be a safeguarding expert and key point of contact for an organisation on all matters pertaining to protecting the welfare of children and at-risk adults.

  • Course Duration: 4 – 6 hours
  • Course Level: Level 3 Safeguarding
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: No
  • Course Mode: Face to Face/Blended

Whether you’re just starting out or want to get even better at this job, this course will give you the tools to keep people who need extra help safe.

DSL Course Structure:

1: Understanding Safeguarding Laws and Structures

  • Learning About Laws: This part teaches you about the rules that protect children and adults. You’ll find out about groups like Local Safeguarding Partnerships (LSPs) and Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs).
  • Your Job as a Safeguarding Lead: Here, you’ll learn what you need to do as a leader in safeguarding. This includes making rules, handling when someone tells you about something bad that happened, and working with other groups.

2: Making and Following Safeguarding Rules

  • Creating and Using Rules: You’ll learn how to make and use the rules that keep people safe in your place. This part helps you follow the law and make sure everyone knows what to do.
  • Teaching Others: This bit helps you teach other people in your place how to keep an eye out for problems and what to do if they see something.

3: Spotting and Dealing with Bad Things

  • Knowing the Signs: This module helps you see if someone might be in trouble. You’ll learn how to tell if someone is being hurt, even if they don’t say anything.
  • Listening and Keeping Evidence Safe: Here, you’ll find out how to listen when someone tells you about something bad that happened and how to keep any proof safe.

4: Getting Help from Local Groups and Dealing with Accusations

  • Getting Help from the Local Area: This part helps you understand what to do if someone tells you about a problem. You’ll learn how to tell other groups about it and work together.
  • Handling Accusations: This module helps you handle it if someone says that a staff member did something wrong. You’ll learn how to do this in a fair and careful way.

 5: Working with Other Groups

  • Making Friends with Different Groups: Learn how to work together with other groups that help keep people safe, like social services, the police, and healthcare workers.
  • Sticking Together for Safety: Find out ways to help everyone in your place work well together to keep everyone safe from harm.


DLS Course Outcomes:

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand legislation including Local Safeguarding Partnerships and Safeguarding Adults Boards
  • Understand the role of the DSL
  • Develop your Policy and procedures
  • Advise on staff training
  • Understand safer recruitment
  • Recognise signs, symptoms, behavioural indicators and consequences of abuse
  • Manage the recording and referral of a disclosure
  • Know how to preserve evidence
  • Understand Local authority responsibilities and what happens after a disclosure
  • Know how to deal with allegations about staff
  • Understand, and embed multi-agency working within the Organisation.


Why Should You Take This DLS Course?

  1. Leadership Skills: Learn how to lead and oversee safeguarding initiatives in your organisation confidently.
  2. Legal Knowledge: Understand the laws and rules that apply to safeguarding, so your organisation stays on the right side of the law.
  3. Protecting Others: Get the tools you need to keep vulnerable people safe and create a secure environment for everyone.
  4. Career Growth: Boost your skills and become a more valuable asset to your workplace, opening up new opportunities for advancement.

Feel More Confident and Capable:

  • Make a Real Difference: With this training, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to act on safeguarding concerns and potentially prevent harm. Your actions could save someone!
  • Talk About It the Right Way: Learn how to talk about safeguarding concerns with colleagues, children, or vulnerable adults in a clear and helpful way. You’ll also learn how to work with other professionals to protect people together.
  • Boost Your Career: Completing Level 3 safeguarding training shows your commitment to protecting children and adults. This can be a big plus in your career, especially if you work with vulnerable populations.

We have more Safeguarding Courses that would help you and your team.

Benefits of Level 3 Safeguarding for Your Organisation:

  • Safer Environment for Everyone: By investing in Level 3 training for your staff, you create a stronger safeguarding culture. This shows your commitment to protecting people and reduces the risk of abuse or neglect happening.
  • Less Risk, Less Trouble: A well-trained staff can identify and report safeguarding concerns, which helps minimize incidents and legal problems for your organisation.
  • Happier Staff: Knowing they can help keep people safe can make your staff feel empowered and more positive about their work.

Level 3 safeguarding training is a powerful tool for individuals and organisations who want to protect children and vulnerable adults. By learning advanced skills, you can play a vital role in keeping people safe.

The main goals of level 3 Safeguarding course include:

1.Knowing the rules about keeping people safe

  • Understanding important laws (like the Children Act) and rules for safeguarding children and adults who might be in danger.

2. Knowing what the Designated Safeguarding Lead should do.

  • Learning how to lead and organize efforts to keep everyone safe in your group.

3. Dealing with problems and talking to outside groups

  • Learning how to handle reports of problems and working with groups like social services and the police.

4. Spotting signs that someone might be in trouble.

  • Learning how to see if someone might be suffering from different types of harm (like physical, emotional, or sexual) and spotting if someone might be being taken advantage of.

5. Handling reports and keeping information safe

  • Knowing how to deal with reports about safety issues and keeping important information safe.

6. Being careful about who you let work with vulnerable people.

  • Learning how to make sure that the people you let work with children or vulnerable adults are safe and suitable.

7. Creating a safe environment for everyone

  • Making sure that everyone knows how to keep people safe and feels confident about following the rules.

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Q: Will attending this training make me competent?

A: In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency – be very wary of anyone claiming they can. Our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency.

We will be sure to provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency proformas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy.

Q: Who will conduct the training?

A: One of our expert clinical tutors. These are either Nurses or Doctors with abundant clinical and complex care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance. You can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Q: What equipment will you use for training?

A: We have a variety of different training equipment and tools available. The training will be relevant and transferable. However, if you have a specific requirement for a particular type of equipment, please make this clear during the booking process, and the team will ensure this is provided.

Alternatively, we can use your own equipment for training.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I get trained as a DSL?

To become a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), you can take a DSL training course.

These courses provide the knowledge and skills you need.

2. What qualifications do I need to be a designated safeguarding lead?

There are no specific qualifications required to be a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

However, it’s important to understand safeguarding principles and relevant laws. DSL training courses can help you gain the necessary knowledge and skills for the role.

3. Is DSL training considered at level 3?

Yes, DSL training is typically regarded as Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

This means it involves in-depth learning and practical application of safeguarding knowledge.

4. Can you be a DSL without being a teacher?

Yes, you can be a DSL even if you’re not a teacher. The DSL role is not limited to educators.

It can be held by professionals from various backgrounds, such as social workers, healthcare providers, or those working in community organisations, as long as they have the appropriate training and understanding of safeguarding.

5. Can anyone become a designated safeguarding lead?

Although there are no strict requirements, it’s important to have the right knowledge and training to be an effective DSL.

Organisations usually designate individuals who have completed DSL training and possess a good understanding of safeguarding principles and relevant legislation. This ensures proper protection for vulnerable individuals.

6. What is a level 3 safeguarding training

Level 3 safeguarding training is an advanced safeguarding course aimed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to correctly identify and respond to potential harm towards children and vulnerable adults. It goes beyond basic awareness training and enables you to take a more proactive role in safeguarding within your workplace or community.

7. Who needs a level 3 safeguarding training?

Level 3 safeguarding training is typically required for professionals with a higher level of responsibility for child and adult protection.

This could include:

  • Senoir Social workers & care workers
  • Teachers & school staff
  • Police officers & law enforcement
  • Medical professionals such as nurses and doctors.
  • Anyone working closely with vulnerable populations

8. How long does level 3 safeguarding last?

While Level 3 safeguarding training certificates don’t technically run out, it is a good idea to renew them every years. The training duration for dsl courses at Caring for Care is within 4-6 hours.

Here is what you should know:

  1. Keeping Up-to-Date: Safeguarding rules and ways to keep people safe can change. By renewing your training, you can learn about any new stuff and stay on top of things.
  2. Staying Good at It: Going over what you know again can help you get better at keeping people safe. It keeps you feeling sure you can help if there’s a problem.
  3. Showing You Care: Renewing your training shows you still care about keeping kids and grown-ups safe. This can be good for your job and for how people see you.

But the rules for renewing might be different depending on where you are, who you work for, or where you got your training. It’s best to ask them about what you need to do to renew your Level 3 safeguarding training.

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