April DSL Resources

So much has changed in the last month.

A huge vote of thanks and lots of clapping for DSLs and their teams around the country who have been prioritising pupil welfare. A great many of you are continuing to support your students over the Easter 'holiday'. Safeguarding Network will also be remaining open and providing very regular support. A number of you have joined our weekly DSL forum, which will continue at 4:30pm on Wednesdays. The safeguarding bulletin is weekly at present, keeping people up to date with changes as they happen.

I'm hoping you also found the template COVID-19 Annex helpful - we received a lot of very positive feedback on this. It felt good to be able to do something to lift the pressures off you a little.

We are adapting our offer to support you with remote staff training for the next three months. As well as producing the resources we have recorded a delivery of the presentation this month so that staff can watch this at a time convenient to them, complete a quiz and receive a certificate. We'll be sending details of how to make this available to your staff shortly.

The DfE have suspended the consultation on the draft 2020 Keeping Children Safe in Education consultation, but there is no guidance on whether it is still likely to be implemented in time for the new school year, so we are pressing on anyway. There’s a more holistic approach to safeguarding in the new guidance which aligns closely with Safeguarding Network’s topic based approach. If you’ve been delivering the monthly training packs you will be well placed to evidence compliance and your staff will already be integrating safeguarding into the wider curriculum.

This month our topic is physical and emotional abuse. You'll find links to the resources below.


This month's training supports staff training on physical abuse and emotional abuse. When logged in DSLs have access to:

  • a presentation and notes
  • a quiz and answers
  • a handout
  • scenarios for primary, secondary, SEND and care settings.

Your CPD

We've focused this month on helping schools adapt to the implications of COVID-19. We've updated the page as the month has progressed and last week sent out our interpretation of the new safeguarding guidance as a template Annex to your Child Protection policies. It has guidance on identifying vulnerability, attendance, peer-on-peer abuse, online safety, risk from staff and implications of having students and staff from other settings on site.

see our COVID-19 insight


Already read it...!!??

We have been getting information out to you as quickly as we've written it, and maybe you are finding some space to continue your CPD. We've selected a Safeguarding Insight from our back catalogue that aligns with the theme of physical and emotional abuse - Fabricated or Induced Illness. Is this a topic that schools should be concerned about? We think so...

see our Fabricated or Induced Illness insight

Not a member...?

Every DSL has to ensure staff receive regular training and have not just read Keeping Children Safe in Education but can apply their knowledge. Each month Safeguarding Network provides you with the materials to support your staff's learning at a very low cost, a structured and comprehenisve approach to your safeguarding requirements.

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Planning ahead...

In May our materials will be covering gangs and youth violence.

We are examining the need for DSL training and are willing to offer this online if schools require it urgently. Similarly, some schools will be involved in recruitment work and we are able to deliver an intensive Safer Recruitment course. Do get in touch by replying to this email if this would be of interest to you or your school.

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We're here to make sure you do an excellent job in your school. If you need advice on safeguarding guidance or cases, please don't hesitate to ask the DSL network on the forums, or get in touch with us.