Leading Safeguarding

Thursday 11 Jun 2020 - Wednesday 17 Jun 2020
Digital delivery - live sessions start at 3pm
Managing safeguarding with rigour and confidence at every stage


Why is this conference relevant?

1 in 10 pupils have been registered as a child in need at some point in the last six years. With 18.2% of referrals to social care originating from schools, the role of designated safeguarding lead has never been more important or more pressurised.

DSLs have a huge responsibility for ensuring staff remain up to date with training and systems are rigorous and time effective. A lack of resources, pressure on local services and over 40 areas of safeguarding now covered in KCSIE mean rigorous, time-effective management has never been more important.

This highly practical digital conference will provide the opportunity to discuss case studies and Early Help Assessment decision-making with legal and DSL experts. Gain strategies for getting the most out of Team Around the Child and Family meetings and leave equipped to confidently evidence staff training and record-keeping. Hear from professionals involved in serious cases reviews and benefit from their experience to benefit multi-agency working.

Often an isolated and emotionally challenging role, this conference will offer DSLs opportunities to build networks of support and equip them for the unpredictable and varied nature of safeguarding.

What can I expect?

In-depth keynotes with leading experts and a choice of workshops including:

  • best practice in record keeping and training and how to evidence this for inspection
  • get the most out of multi-agency working and know how to challenge poor decisions
  • unpack the issues behind trauma and the toxic trio and gain strategies to support the most vulnerable families
  • understand your legal requirements and evaluate practical decision making through school-based peer-on-peer abuse case studies
  • how to raise concerns and manage team around the child and family meetings

Who should attend?

  • Designated safeguarding lead
  • Deputy Designated safeguarding lead
  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Boarding Housemaster/Housemistress
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Parent and Family Support Advisers (PFSAs)

What our previous delegates have said 

“Empowering and impactful” Deputy DSL, St Edward’s Oxford

“The event was engaging and had lots of practical examples to take back to school to ensure effective practice” Assistant Headteacher, Hartley Primary School



Resources that will be avaliable to download once registering for conference:

1. A safeguarding induction built to last

All new staff need a thorough safeguarding induction if they are to contribute to keeping pupils safe. Debs Ward explains how you can provide training that has a long-term impact.

2. Identifying peer-on-peer abuse: examples for staff

All staff have a role to play in responding to allegations of peer-on-peer abuse. Ann Marie Christian shares a few examples for you to discuss with colleagues.

3. What do we know about ACEs?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have long-lasting effects on physical and mental health. Lisa Griffin explores examples and the impact they may have.

4. Gang culture and dealing with gang-related violence

Suzanne O’Connell outlines the main issues and solutions for schools dealing with involvement in gang violence.

5. Sexting: get your facts straight

Sharing images online is a natural part of most children and young people’s lives, but sexting has legal consequences. Dai Durbridge explains how the law applies, and how you can get the message across.

6. Referring to children's social care: advice and examples

As well as being clearly written, successful referrals need to show a school’s commitment to early intervention. Ann Marie Christian provides some guidance.

7. Record keeping for child protection files

Good record keeping is essential to keep files secure, up to date and to protect pupils. Follow this best practice for keeping, storing and destroying safeguarding files.