DescriptionJob Title: Designated Safeguarding Lead
1. Main function of the job
Acting as the main point of contact within the setting for safeguarding and child protection.
2. Skills required
The ability to foster good relationships with parents/carers, children and adults working/volunteering with children within the setting
An interest in the well-being of children and in safeguarding and child protection matters.
A willingness to challenge opinion, where necessary, and to drive the child protection agenda.
Strong listening skills and the ability to deal with sensitive situations with integrity.
The confidence and good judgment to manage situations relating to the poor conduct/behaviour of
others towards a child.
Sound understanding of the safeguarding agenda.
3. Main Tasks
Implementing, promoting and reviewing the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies and
Procedures within the setting
Acting as the main point of contact within the setting, receiving and acting upon any reported
concerns. This includes ensuring that the completed paperwork is accurate, correct, fully completed
and reviewed as necessary and stored in a secure and safe place.
Ensuring all staff are familiar with, and adhere to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy that is
in place and know the procedures to follow and who to go to should the need arise. This should be
included as part of the staff induction programme.
Providing support, advice and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis or on any specific
safeguarding issue as required.
Implementing, maintaining and updating the policy and procedures on an annual basis or as
Ensuring that all relevant contact names and numbers are known to staff and displayed in an
accessible place at all times.
Keeping abreast of developments and understanding the latest information on data protection,
confidentiality and other legal issues that impact on the protection of children, including attending
appropriate regular training and ensuring all staff have appropriate and up to date training.
Ensuring all relevant information around Safeguarding and Child Protection is communicated to the
staff team through staff meetings.
Providing guidance on relevant matters to all staff members as appropriate and promoting best
safeguarding practice at all times.
Advocating the importance of Safeguarding and Child Protection to parents so that they know we
have their child’s best interests at the heart of our practice.
Monitoring child attendance, including non-attendance, accidents logs, pre-existing injury reports, concern forms and incident forms to exclude any possible child protection issues. Ensure any relevant information is recorded and acted upon accordingly.
Representing the key link to statutory agencies (Social Care or Police) during and following any formal investigations that may have to take place. This includes maintaining confidential records of reported cases, action taken, liaising with the statutory agencies and ensuring they have access to all necessary information.
Liaising with local children’s services and our LSSCB as necessary
Advocating the importance of Safeguarding and Child Protection to parents, staff, volunteers and
Ensuring that when on leave or absent from work for any significant period, that the role of DSL is
suitably covered by the Deputy DSL or another suitably trained member of staff.
For support and advice please contact:
South West Child Protection Procedures www.swcpp.org.uk
Local Safeguarding Children Board Website www.safechildren-cios.co.uk
Allegation against an adult working with children:
Further information on appropriate and safe behaviours for all adults working with children in paid or unpaid capacities can be found in Safe Working Practice guidance. Guidance for staff facing an allegation is available to download from our website.
If you are the person who is responsible for responding to allegations, you must consult with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within 24 hours. When you refer an allegation the LADO will:
advise you of the next steps to take
how to manage talking about the allegation with the adult.
how to inform the child’s parents/carers
how the employer safeguards children throughout any investigation
what they expect of you and other agencies involved.
These notifications must be made within 24 hours and backed up in writing within 14 days of the allegation being made. A registered provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence. It is the responsibility of the head teacher to gather information where an allegation has been made against a member of staff not the DSL.
For support and advice please contact: Contact 1 Justine Hosking Principal LADO email@example.com
Robin Heath LADO firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Moss LADO email@example.com
Nicky Cook Safeguarding Support Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone LADO Administrator 01872 326536
Karen Dale Senior Manager email@example.com
Further Information can be found at:
Cornwall Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
Useful resources and websites
The following are available at www.surreycc.gov.uk/eycspractitioners
Safe Working Practice guidance
E-Safety Policy guidance
Recruitment and retention guidance and checklist
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2016