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)

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.

This session will explore the changed and changing world of the DSL in the light of COVID-19, it’s immediate impact and likely longer-term issues which could arise for the safeguarding team.

Christine Freestone is running this reflective session on what we have learned from our experiences through the pandemic so far, how we record these and develop a strategic approach to the ‘new normal’ that recognises particular vulnerabilities and plans to keep children and young people safe and doing well. She’ll also be updating the group on how research into the vaccines and plans for delivery may impact on schools and colleges.


Christine Freestone has been a lecturer, head teacher, inspector and passionate advocate of the most vulnerable children and young people throughout her career. Chris will take us through the underlying causes of the attainment gap, how to identify and monitor difficulties and effective action to demonstrate you are giving these children the best your setting can offer.

5pm to 6:30pm on Tuesday 8th December, repeated Tuesday 22nd December

To book this session or join our DSL Masterclass series please see below. Tickets from £2.50 per session.

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 – Safeguarding & inspection – being prepared, managing your inspector and the role of young people in keeping safeguarding front and centre. Running on 23rd / 25th Mar 2021.

April – Child Exploitation – working against an exploitative culture. Running on 20th / 29th Apr 2021.

May – Mental health & safeguarding – an exploration of the new responsibilities of DSLs and deputies under KCSiE 2020. Dates to be confirmed.

June – Assessing & recording safeguarding risks – a structured, risk mitigated model to understanding, analysing and recording risk to children and young people. Running on 15th / 17th Jun 2021.

July – Extra-familial risk – a contextual approach to keeping children and young people safe. Dates to be confirmed.


Sessions are run twice a month on different days – you may attend either or both events. 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.

Participants may complete an online reflective document to capture their reflections and action plan. A video of the main session and the Q&A is kept and can be reviewed by participants, irrespective of whether they were able to attend.

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. Those who cannot make it on the day may review the whole session online 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.