Designated Safeguarding Officer Training (Level 3 Safeguarding)

Also referred to as Designated Safeguarding Lead training
Designated Safeguarding Officer Training Online
£60 +VAT

As the Designated Safeguarding Officer you are the first point of contact for staff members, families and other people who have access to your organisation, so it’s essential that your knowledge of child protection procedures is in-depth and up-to-date.

This online Designated Safeguarding Officer course will teach you more about what the role involves and will help you to understand the safeguarding process in more detail. The course uses a variety of written text and interactive exercises to help you review and develop the child protection procedures within your organisation and ensure that all staff members understand their responsibilities towards safeguarding children.

  • Developed by a qualified child protection professional
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 3 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who Should Take This Designated Safeguarding Officer Course?

This Designated Safeguarding Officer course is suitable for anyone who works frequently with children and who holds a management, supervisory or designated child protection role in settings such as schools, universities, charities, places of worship, sports clubs, leisure centres and GP and healthcare practices.

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to understand the responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Officer so that they can become a safeguarding officer for their company or assist those who already hold the position.

This Level 3 Safeguarding Children course is written at an advanced level and it is recommended you have some knowledge of safeguarding procedures before beginning the training.

If you require an advanced level of safeguarding knowledge but you are not a Designated Safeguarding Officer or Lead then you should take our Advanced Safeguarding Children (Level 2 Safeguarding) Training.

If you have no prior safeguarding knowledge or do not require an advanced course you should take our Introduction to Safeguarding Children (Level 1 Safeguarding) Training. It is suitable for workers of all levels, including managers, supervisors, full-time staff, part-time staff and volunteers.


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On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 2 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course Content

Module Description
1 Introduction Defining safeguarding, why training is important, who has responsibilities and the Designated Safeguarding Officer.
2 Safeguarding Structure and Guidance The Children Act 1989, the Education Act 2002, Every Child Matters, The Childcare Act 2006, Working Together to Safeguard Children, the single assessment process, low level needs, emerging needs, complex needs, child protection concerns.
3 Your Responsibilities The role of social care, your responsibilities and scenario exercises.
4 Recognising and Responding to Abuse Recognising abuse, why children don’t disclose information, children’s responses to abuse, behavioural responses, disclosures from a child, recording information and why adults don’t take action.
5 Responses Under the Safeguarding Structure What response is needed, Early Help Assessments, children in need, significant harm, factors which influence the response, contacting social care and what happens next.
6 Working Together and Sharing Information Resolving disagreements, what to do if you don’t agree with the decision, key principles, why professionals don’t share information and sharing information.
7 Recording Information What to record, record keeping tips, your continued involvement, serious case reviews, Peter Connolly and shared responsibility.

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Aims of the Course

At the end of this course learners will:

  • Understand the safeguarding structure and feel more confident in recognising which level of support a child needs.
  • Have knowledge of the law, policies and guidance documents that contribute towards best safeguarding practice.
  • Understand what your roles and responsibilities are as the Designated Safeguarding Officer.
  • Know how to recognise and respond to abuse appropriately and efficiently, keeping the child as the central focus and ensuring that disclosures from children are handled sensitively.
  • Understand how best to respond to children's differing levels of need under the safeguarding structure, from conducting an Early Help Assessment through to contacting social care.
  • Know when it's appropriate to share information and how to take action should you disagree with actions or decisions made.
  • Understand the importance of recording information and continuing to be involved in the process after a referral.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 25 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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