DSL Role

Role of the School DSL

Role of the designated safeguarding lead

Safeguarding Resources

Safeguarding Training Resources

These resources can be used for staff training and are provided by The Key

Video Resources

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Safeguarding Scenarios

The intention is that these are taken to staff meetings for discussion with the aim of reinforcing the school’s policy and procedures.

Discussion points will appear in a bulleted list. Not all of these scenarios will reach the threshold for onward referral but will need a considered response which needs to be proportionate and appropriate.

Safeguarding Audits

Every school needs to complete a GLF Schools Safeguarding Self Evaluation Audit and Safeguarding Action Plan every year. A copy should be kept in the headteacher’s google drive shared with GLF. The action plan should be discussed termly at the SSB meetings.

An external safeguarding audit should be undertaken every 3 years.

GLF Schools Safeguarding Checklist vs5.docx
Safeguarding Audit Summary vs4.docx

Inspecting Safeguarding

Ofsted guidance for inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings is available here.

Inspectors should consider how well leaders and managers have created a culture of vigilance where children’s and learners’ welfare is promoted and where timely and appropriate safeguarding action is taken for those who need help, who may be suffering or are likely to suffer harm.

Inspectors must evaluate how well providers fulfil their statutory and other responsibilities and how well staff exercise their professional judgement in keeping children and learners safe.


Dedicated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training

To qualify as a DSL the following Local Authority courses will need to be completed

Foundation Module 1 Multi Agency Safeguarding Children (full day)

Foundation Module 2 Child Protection Plands and Core Groups (full day)

Participants must have completed Foundation Module 1 Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training

DSL New to Role (full day)

An introductory course for Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools who are new to the DSL role. The required education section must be done in addition to the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) multi-agency modular courses. This course may be done at any time whilst the person is completing the SSCB modules.

DSL Availability

The KCSiE 2016 guidance says on page 61 that the DSL, or a deputy, should always be available during school hours for staff to discuss any safeguarding concerns. While this would normally mean being available in person, it may be appropriate in some "exceptional" circumstances for availability to be via phone or a similar medium.

It is for individual schools to arrange appropriate cover arrangements for any out-of-hours or out-of-term activities.

Regarding availability this means that (Annex B on pages 59-61 of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016)

[He/she] should be given the time, funding, training, resources and support to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters, to take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings – and/or to support other staff to do so – and to contribute to the assessment of children.

Every GLF primary school needs a minimum of 3 DSL trained staff.

Every GLF secondary school needs a minimum of 4 DSL trained staff.

For all before or after school clubs run by the school there must be a DSL or DDSL on site.

For all trips and visits the trip leader must be able to contact the DSL or DDSL.

Child Protection Files and Templates

When should you start a Child Protection File?

As soon as any child protection, safeguarding or welfare concerns arise

Staff/volunteer concern


Contact by another agency/third party

Transfer from another setting

Peer concerns

Contextual safeguarding

Mental Health



CP File Contents

Expression of concern forms

Handwritten notes

Records of discussions, telephone calls and meetings (with colleagues, other agencies or services, parents and children / young people)

Professional consultations

Letters sent and received

Referral forms (both for external and education-based services).

Minutes/notes of meetings

Any reports relating to safeguarding

Formal plans linked to the child (e.g. Child Protection Plan, Child In Need Plans)

Assessments (Early Help)

Safeguarding Record Front Sheet

safeguarding record front sheet template.doc

Safeguarding Chronology Record Sheet

safeguarding chronology template.doc

Child Protection Team Meeting

Child on CP or CIN plan

Early Help

Vulnerable but not reached threshold

Minuted – Decisions/Actions/Outcomes

CP File CP Meeting Minutes.docx

Child Protection Files Transfer / Retention

Transfer to child’s new setting


Request confirmation of receipt

Secure transportation

Copies only if not transferred by hand

Shred copies on confirmation of receipt

Retention of Files

Child Missing Education (CME)

Elective Home Education (EHE)

Child has moved abroad

Unable to determine new setting

Child has completed education

Archive until child’s 25th birthday

NB – Goddard Enquiry (don’t destroy any files relating to CP at the moment)

Safeguarding Log Template

This record can be used for tracking the progress of child protection concerns, and to help you identify next steps in the child protection process.

GLF Safeguarding Log Template.xlsx

Safeguarding Guide for Visitors and Volunteers Template

GLF Primary Safeguarding Procedures for Visitors Leaflet Template.docx

School Website Safeguarding Best Practice and Signposting

Surrey Screening Tools

The windscreen represents all children and families. All families will fit somewhere on the windscreen. Understanding where a family fits on the windscreen, is the start of understanding what level of support a family needs and who should lead on that support

Screening Tools