DSL Training for Leads and Deputy’s

Solvendis deliver a range of Safeguarding programmes as open events (for individual DSL delegates) or as in-house CPD.

Our most popular training days are:

Designated Safeguarding Lead Training – with resources specifically written for Post-16 providers

To confirm your place, please book via our seminars and workshop page

Team Development Days

  • Bespoke days with an agenda to meet your requirements

Solvendis have delivered Safeguarding and Prevent training to over 300 different organisations including:

  • The National Lottery
  • Make UK (Formerly EEF)
  • YMCA
  • National College of High Speed Rail
  • Durham County Council
  • University of Kent
  • University of Estate Management
  • Institution of Railway Operators
  • Babcock
  • Boots
  • Toni & Guy
  • GP Strategies
  • Edinburgh Woollen Mill
  • Wolverhampton Adult Education Service

To discuss your organisations requirement call or email Neil Hulme 07702 555800 neil@solvendis.co.uk

The background to our Designated Safeguarding Lead offer is:

  • The Department for Education’s (DfE) statutory guidance for colleges and Providers ‘Keeping children safe in education’. This sets out the responsibilities placed on colleges and providers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children:
  • The statutory guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children’, which applies to organisations and professionals who provide services to children: and,
  • Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales’ and more specifically the guidance for further education and skills in England and Wales on the duty of colleges and other providers in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Definition of safeguarding

In relation to children and young people, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

There is a different legislative and policy base for responding to adults safeguarding needs. The Care Act 2014 provides a legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the health and care system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect. However, most of the principles and procedures that apply are the same as those for safeguarding children and young people.

Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children and learners from:

  • neglect
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
  • racist, disability and homophobic or transphobic abuse
  • gender-based violence/violence against women and girls
  • peer-on-peer abuse, such as sexual violence and harassment
  • radicalisation and/or extremist behaviour
  • child sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • child criminal exploitation, including county lines
  • serious violent crime
  • risks linked to using technology and social media, including online bullying;
  • the risks of being groomed online for exploitation or radicalisation; and,
  • risks of accessing and generating inappropriate content, for example ‘sexting’
  • teenage relationship abuse
  • upskirting
  • substance misuse
  • issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence
  • domestic abuse
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • fabricated or induced illness
  • poor parenting
  • homelessness
  • so-called honour-based violence
  • other issues not listed here but that pose a risk to children, learners and vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable
adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader
aspects of care and education, including:

  • children’s and learners’ health and safety and well-being, including their mental health
  • meeting the needs of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of children and learners with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • educational visits
  • intimate care and emotional well-being
  • online safety and associated issues
  • appropriate arrangements to ensure children’s and learners’ security, taking into account the local context.

When inspecting Safeguarding arrangements Ofsted will look for:

  • how effectively leaders and governors create a safeguarding culture in the organisation
  • arrangements for staff recruitment and vetting
  • the quality of safeguarding practice
  • arrangements for handling serious incidents and allegations

So, having summarised the policy context above, we would be delighted if you could join us at one of our forthcoming seminars and workshops