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Designated safeguarding officer training

For those with a lead operational role for safeguarding within the voluntary, community and corporate sectors


What is the course about?

This course will enable you to become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the designated safeguarding children officer and develop competence and confidence in carrying out this role.

Who is this course for?

Key information

Dates and venues


14-15 Oct: London (full)
13-14 Nov: Leicester (full)
1-2 Dec: Leeds

13-14 Jan: London (full)
9-10 Feb: Leicester

Two days

£225 per day

Book online 

Further information
Call 0808 800 5000

Those who have operational responsibility for receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people, who make decisions about what action needs to be taken, contacting and liaising with other agencies involved in safeguarding children, especially children's social care.

You may have strategic responsibilities in addition to the operational role.

This course does not provide full training for those who work in a statutory agency.

Health professionals: this course provides training equal to Level 2 - the minimum level required for clinical staff who have some degree of contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers. We can also deliver Level 4 training to your health organisation. To commission health named professionals training, please call 0808 800 5000 or help@nspcc.org.uk.

Designated staff in schools and colleges should apply for the course Designated safeguarding lead for schools and colleges.

This course does not provide training for trainers, this is available as a separate course: Training for trainers in child protection .

If your role is primarily strategic, or your organisation needs guidance in setting up its response to safeguarding children, you may find that the course on Creating safer organisations more closely meets your needs.

What level is the course and do I need any specific skills?

This is an advanced course designed for those who have received previous child protection training, for example the NSPCC's Introduction to child protection.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • describe the role of the designated safeguarding children officer and state key areas of responsibility

  • state your own values regarding child abuse and the impact of these on professional practice

  • describe the key legislation and guidance underpinning your organisation's policy for responding to concerns about a child's safety or welfare

  • decide what steps the organisation needs to take to ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people with whom it has contact

  • state the blocks inhibiting children from disclosing abuse and respond effectively to a child who does disclose

  • state blocks to staff reporting concerns and how to overcome these

  • make appropriate decisions about the action to take when informed of a concern about a child or young person

  • state what is likely to happen following a referral to children's social care and what further role they may have

  • explain the issues in connection with recording and sharing of information, including that of confidentiality

  • demonstrate an awareness of the emotional dimension of safeguarding work and identify a network for personal support

  • state the main tenets of organisation's policy and procedures.

How will I be taught?

Through face-to-face learning from experienced professionals.

A range of methods will be used to help to build up skills and knowledge and there will be opportunities to think about attitudes. Methods include formal input, large and small group discussions, working with case scenarios and use of DVD materials.

Feedback from previous participants

Very good, both trainers seemed very knowledgeable and willing to cater to our individual queries and concerns.

Greatly improved my understanding and knowledge.

I feel much more confident about rolling this info out to others.

I have learnt a lot from this event. It has given me a great insight into what the front line staff and managers may be dealing with on a day to day basis.

I feel more confident in dealing/supporting front line staff with incidents or concerns about safeguarding.

Trainers were very knowledgeable and provided accessible info.

Course venues

See: Training venue addresses and google map directions.

For further information please call 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk or book online

What course could I take next?

Government guidance recommends 3-yearly refresher training requirement to ensure your knowledge and skills are consistent with partner agencies, as recommended in government guidance Working together to safeguard children (2010, chapter 4).

We're also able to develop or modify a course specifically to meet your needs. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact NSPCC training