Designated safeguarding officer training Training for anyone responsible with receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people

Our training course will help you gain the skills to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with in a designated child safeguarding role.

Taught by experienced professionals, you will learn how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child.

Designated safeguarding officer course

£450 per person

2 day face-to-face training course

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For more information, contact us on 0808 800 5000 or help@nspcc.org.uk 

About this course:

In this classroom-based course, you’ll learn how to:

  • describe the role and main responsibilities of the designated safeguarding children officer
  • state your own values regarding child abuse and the impact of these on professional practice
  • describe the key legislation and guidance that determines your organisation’s policy for child safety and welfare
  • decide what steps your organisation needs to take to look after the safety and welfare of the children and young people it comes into contact with
  • identify the barriers that prevent children from reporting abuse
  • know how to respond effectively to a child who does report abuse
  • understand the barriers that prevent staff from reporting concerns, and how to overcome them
  • make the right decisions about what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised
  • know what’s likely to happen following a referral to children's social care
  • explain the issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
  • show an awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and identify a network for personal support
  • talk about your organisation’s overarching policy and procedures.

Designated safeguarding officer training is for anyone who comes into regular contact with children and young people.

You must have previously attended an introductory level course in child protection, and successfully liaised with other agencies involved in child protection, especially children’s social care.

People who have taken this course include:

  • fostering groups
  • professionals and volunteers from commercial and community organisations

This course doesn’t provide full training for people who work in a statutory agency.  

Note for 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.

Want to commission specialist training?
If you are interested in training for a statutory agency or health named professionals, please call 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Leeds - 9-10 March 2015
Aversion Rooms, Unit 6, Turnberry Park, Gildersome, Leeds LS27 7LE
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London - 28-29 April 2015
The Gestalt Centre, 96-100 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4TP
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Leicester - 21-22 May 2015
NSPCC National Training Centre, 3 Gilmour Close, Leicester LE4 1EZ
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Participant reviews

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.

Accreditation for Continuing
Professional Development

Our child protection and safeguarding training courses are CPD certified and delivered by experienced professionals.

£450 per person

2 day face-to-face training course

Book now

For more information, contact us on 0808 800 5000 or help@nspcc.org.uk 

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