Designated Safeguarding Lead Training

Course Details
Audience: Head teachers, senior leaders, designated safeguarding leads and deputies, wider members of the safeguarding team, safeguarding governors.
Date: Monday 13th January 2025
Monday 7th July 2025
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Cost: £130
Facilitated by: Kerry Dawson

Meeting the formal training requirements for designated safeguarding leads and will provide an overview of the current statutory guidance and Ofsted expectations. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore some of the more specific safeguarding issues and how to develop a strategic and proactive approach to safeguarding children.

Leaving with practical ideas about how to implement and secure effective safeguarding arrangements in their school, including:

· A good understanding of their own role, and the processes, procedures, and responsibilities of other agencies.

· Understanding and assessing risk using approaches such as signs of safety and contextual safeguarding.

· Engaging with children and families and contributing to multi-agency working.

· Effective information sharing and record keeping systems.

· Safeguarding vulnerable children and children with SEND.

· Creating a culture of listening.

· Using data to inform a strategic and proactive approach.

· Responding to specific needs and harms and understanding the impact of trauma and abuse.

· Applying the thematic learning from research and safeguarding practice reviews.

· Creating a safe culture.


“This has been really valuable to me both in my role as SENDCo and newly SLT” – anon (2023)

About the facilitator Kerry Dawson

Lead safeguarding trainer and consultant Kerry has extensive experience in working with children and families in a child protection context within local authorities and the education sector. A CEOP Ambassador and trained trainer with the NSPCC and The Safer Recruitment Consortium, Kerry is an established safeguarding trainer and consultant with over 15 years’ experience in this area. Kerry started her career in youth work and education welfare and formed part of a multi-agency team for looked after children and teenage parents, before going on to become the Head of Service for an inner-city local authority.

Safeguarding children has always been at the heart of Kerry’s career whether it be working directly with children and families or in strategic and leadership role, where she represented education at MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference for high levels of domestic abuse) as well as the education lead on the implementation and quality assurance of recommendations of serious case reviews.

Drawing on her experience and passion for safeguarding, Kerry established KD Safeguarding 7 years ago and continues to work across the country with schools and a range of organisations. Kerry is also a volunteer counsellor with the NSPCC, a Safeguarding lead governor and Safeguarding lead for a voluntary sports organisation.

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