DSL Masterclass

A series of 10 sessions on safeguarding in schools and colleges by experts in their field. Book on this cohort now...

Our DSL Masterclass series develops the skills and confidence of new and experienced DSLs, deputies, head teachers, SLT and safeguarding governors. Each month a different expert talks to an aspect of the DSL role, sharing law, research and best practice to enhance the quality of safeguarding in your setting.

All sessions are certified and our ‘watch again’ option means you can review or recap the session whether you were able to attend or not. Each session includes groupwork with other DSLs about the practical application of the session and a reflective practice element that builds a portfolio demonstrating your continuing professional development.

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  • £149+VAT per annum to attend all 10 DSL Masterclass sessions
  • £99+VAT per annum for Safeguarding Network members
  • £25+VAT for each additional participant
  • Fully certified, builds CPD, ‘watch again’ options.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to book. Attendance for just an individual session is £35+VAT (£25+VAT for members)

Suicide Prevention

This month we welcome PAPYRUS to present the Masterclass “Suicide Prevention”.

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

Aims and Objectives

This session will cover the following key objectives:

  • To understand the prevalence and impact of suicide.
  • To explore the language, and the challenges, when talking openly about suicide.
  • To recognise the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide.
  • To consider how we can all contribute to a suicide safer community.


For this masterclass we welcome PAPYRUS, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide. PAPYRUS was initially set up as the Parents’ Association for the Prevention of Young Suicide, hence the name PAPYRUS. Since 1997, PAPYRUS has continued to listen to and learn from the experiences of those personally touched by young suicide. Today, PAPYRUS works in many ways to prevent young suicide.

5pm to 6:30pm on Tuesday 25th May 2021.

To book this session or join our DSL Masterclass series please see below. 

Masterclass calendar

Masterclass sessions are run twice a month on a Tuesday and a Thursday.

October – “Mind the gap” – tracking and developing the attainment of vulnerable children and young people in a post-lockdown context. Running on 22nd / 27th Oct 2020.

November – Effective referrals, threshold and escalation – effective partnership work with children’s services that prioritises children, outcomes and accountability. Running on 17th / 19th Nov 2020.

December – Safeguarding readiness in a COVID-19 world – recording your learning from the pandemic and a strategic approach to the ‘new normal’ that recognises particular vulnerabilities and plans to keep children and young people safe and doing well. Running on 8th / 22nd Dec 2020.

January – Safeguarding & SEND – We will welcome the renowned Carolyn Eyre, safeguarding lead for NASS, to discuss adapting your approach to the needs of the most vulnerable children and young people. Running on 12th / 14th Jan 2021.

February – Leading a safeguarding culture – working together to create safe environments for children and young people. Running on 16th / 23rd Feb 2021.

March – Child neglect – This session will share the findings of a recent research study funded by Health and Social Care Wales which investigated how schools identify and respond to child neglect. Running on 23rd Mar 2021.

April – Mind Your Language: Exploitation and Victim Blaming. Running on 29th Apr 2021.

May – Suicide Prevention delivered by PAPYRUS. Running on 25th May 2021.

June – Assessing & recording safeguarding risks – a structured, risk mitigated model to understanding, analysing and recording risk to children and young people. Running on 15th Jun 2021.

July – Safeguarding & inspection – being prepared, managing your inspector and the role of young people in keeping safeguarding front and centre. Running on 13th July 2021.


Sessions are run once a month. The sessions start at 5pm with an hour on a topic with an expert in the field. Semi-structured questions then support small group work with 3 or 4 other participants before we round up with questions and finish at 6:30pm.  If you are not able to attend the sessions are recorded and a link is provided for you to catch up at your leisure.

Participants may complete an online reflective document to capture their reflections and action plan.

Who is it for?

Designated Safeguarding Leads, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Senior Leadership Team and Safeguarding Governors

Are the sessions certified?

Yes. Attendees will automatically receive a certificate of attendance covering the core aims of the session on completion of the reflective log. Those who cannot make it on the day may review the whole session online and complete a reflective log to receive their certificate.

Is this DSL training?

The sessions contribute to your CPD and demonstrate regular training and awareness, particularly when combined with the reflective document and action plan. However, we strongly recommend you attend separate, comprehensive DSL training aligned to the DSL job description.

Costs of the programme

The series is £149+VAT per annum for the first participant, discounted to £99+VAT for Safeguarding Network member settings. Additional participants can be registered for just £25+VAT per annum, again giving access to all 10 sessions.