The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Officer & Deputy
What is a Designated Safeguarding Lead/Coordinator?
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the person appointed to take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection within an organisation. The person fulfilling the role must have a clear job description set out in the post holder's job specification.
It is good practice to nominate a Deputy Lead (DDSL) to support and/or cover the role when the Lead is unavailable.
Within large organisations it is advisable to have other Senior staff who can also take on the role of DDSL and work as part of the 'designated safeguarding team'. However, the lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection remains with the DSL.
Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads/Teams
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (and Deputies) should attend training to enable them to carry out their role. This should be updated every two years as a minimum.
The main training courses that is recommended for all Leads/Coordinators are:
- Working Together To Safeguard Children - 2 days
- LADO Awareness - 1/2 day
- Safer Recruitment - 2 days
All other thematic training areas can also be pursued to up skill and refresh knowledge as and when required.
Responsibilities of the DSL: