DSL will take responsibility under the leadership of the Deputy Headteacher and
Headteacher, for safeguarding and child protection across the school (including
online safety). They will take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency
meetings and contribute to the assessment of children. They will advise and
support other members of staff on child welfare, safeguarding and child
protection matters, and liaise with relevant agencies such as the local
authority and police.
DSL will have ultimate lead responsibility for safeguarding and child
DSL forms part of the Academy Senior Leadership Team, they will therefore be
expected to perform duties and attend meetings in line with all senior leaders
in the academy.
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- Refer cases of suspected abuse and neglect to the local authority
children’s social care as required.
- Provide support for staff who make referrals to local authority
children’s social care.
- As required, refer cases to the Channel programme where there is
a radicalisation concern.
- Provide support for staff who make referrals to the Channel
- Refer cases to the Disclosure and Barring Service where a person
is dismissed or left due to risk or harm to a child.
- Refer cases where a crime may have been committed to the police.
- Keep detailed, accurate, and secure written records of concerns
Working with staff and other agencies
- Line management and development of the Safeguarding Officer(s)
- Act as a source of support, advice, and expertise for staff.
- Act as a point of contact with relevant external safeguarding
- Liaise with the Headteacher to inform them of issues, especially
ongoing enquiries under section 47 of the Children’s Act 1989 and police
investigations. This includes being aware of the need for children to have an
- Liaise with the ‘case manager’ and the local authority’s
designated officer(s) (LADO) for child protection concerns in all cases where a
member of school staff is involved.
- Liaise with staff on matters of safety, safeguarding, and
welfare (including online and digital safety), and when deciding whether to
make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies so that children’s needs are
- Liaise with the senior mental health lead and, where available,
the mental health support team, where safeguarding concerns are linked to
- Promote supportive engagement with parents and/or carers in
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including where families
may be facing challenging circumstances.
- Work with the Headteacher and other relevant strategic leads,
taking lead responsibility for promoting educational outcomes by:
- knowing the welfare, safeguarding and child protection issues
that children in need are experiencing or have experienced.
- identifying the impact that these issues might be having on
children’s attendance, engagement and achievement at school.
- Ensuring staff know which children have or have had a social
worker, understanding their academic progress and attainment, and maintaining a
culture of high aspirations for this cohort of students.
- Support teaching staff to provide additional support or
reasonable adjustments to help these children who have or have had a social
worker reach their educational potential.
Information sharing and managing the child
- Ensuring child protection files are always kept up to date.
- Keeping information confidential and stored securely.
- Ensuring that records include a clear and comprehensive summary
of the concern, details of how the concern was followed up and resolved; a note
of any action taken, decisions reached, the rationale for this decision and the
- Ensuring child protection files are only accessed by those who
need to see them, and that where a file or content within it is shared, this
happens in line with information sharing advice as set out in KCSIE.
- Where children leave the school (including in-year transfers)
securely transfer their child protection file to their new school as soon as
possible, separately from the main pupil file, with receipt of confirmation,
and in line with the most up to date KCSIE guidance.
- Ensure staff can access and understand the school’s child
protection and safeguarding policy and procedures and that these are
effectively followed, especially new and part-time staff.
- Ensure the school’s safeguarding and child protection policies
are known, understood and used appropriately.
- Work with the governing board to ensure that the school’s child
protection policy is reviewed annually (as a minimum) and that the procedures
and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly.
- Ensure the safeguarding policy as well as other safeguarding
related policies are available and easily accessible to everyone in the school
- Ensure that parents have read the safeguarding policy and are
aware that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made, and the role
of the school in this.
- Link with the local safeguarding children board (LSCB) to make
sure staff are aware of training opportunities and the latest local policies on
local safeguarding arrangements.
- Be alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with
special educational needs, and young carers.
- Establish a culture of listening to children among all staff,
ensuring that children’s feelings are heard where the school puts measures in
place to protect them.
- Help promote educational outcomes by sharing information about
welfare, safeguarding and child protection issues that children who have or
have had a social worker are experiencing with teachers and the school
- Complete regular training in line with current legislation to
develop and maintain the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role
and meet the requirements of KCSIE, including those outlined in the ‘training,
knowledge and skills’ section of annex C.
- Complete prevent training and be able to:
- Support the school or college in the meeting the requirements of
the prevent duty.
- Provide advice and support to staff on protecting children from
the risk of radicalisation.
- Complete training on female genital mutilation (FGM) and be able
- Provide advice and support to staff on protecting and
identifying children at risk of FGM.
- Report known cases of FGM to the police and where needed, help
others to do so.
- Refresh knowledge and skills at least annually so remain up to
date with any developments relevant to the role and current legislation.
- Understand the assessment process for providing early help and
- Develop a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a
child protection case conference and a child protection review conference.
- Attend and contribute effectively to child protection case
conferences when required to do so.
- Have relevant knowledge and skills to identify, understand, and
respond to specific harm including risks to children with SEND, young carers,
those with relevant health conditions, the impact of adversity and trauma,
mental health and well-being and the risks of online safety.
- Understand and appreciate the importance of information sharing,
both within the school, and with the safeguarding partners, other agencies,
organisations and practitioners.
- Understand the unique risks associated with online safety and
have the relevant knowledge and up to date capability required to keep children
safe while they're online at school.
- Have relevant knowledge of the additional risks that children
with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND) face online and the
capability to support children with SEND to stay safe online.
- Access resources and attend any relevant or refresher training
- Encourage among staff, a culture of listening to children and
taking account of their wishes and feelings, in whatever measures the school
puts in place to protect them.
- At regular intervals, access up to date refresher training e.g.,
in the form of e-bulletins, attending meetings with other designated
safeguarding leads or by taking time to read and digest safeguarding
developments and at least annually to keep up to date with any developments
relative to the role.
- Undertake safer recruitment training and support the school to
follow best practice.
- Contribute to safeguarding reports to the governing board.
- In conjunction with the SENDCo ensure pupils with medical
conditions are appropriately supported.
- Oversight and responsibility for evacuation and lockdown
procedures working in conjunction with site team and the Headteacher.
- In conjunction with the Assistant Headteacher responsible for
behaviour, identify pattern and trends in relation to bullying and unkind
- In conjunction with the Assistant Headteacher responsible for
personal development ensure a robust safeguarding curriculum is in place that
meets the needs of the local community.
- Work with and/or act as the Designated Teacher for LAC (if
- Model best practice and always uphold the principles of
confidentiality and data protection (GDPR).
- Support with the wider school community i.e., duties throughout
- Undertake home visits to targeted families as required.
- Act as first aider as required.
- To act in accordance with the school’s policies, including the
requirements of keeping children safe in education (KCSIE), the school’s child
protection policy and GDPR among others.
- The DSL will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of
children and young people and follow school polices and the staff code of
- During term time, the DSL/DDSL should always be available during
school hours for staff in school to discuss any safeguarding concerns. Ideally this will in person but can also be
via phone or video calling in exceptional circumstances.
- This job description allocates duties and responsibilities but
does not direct the particular amount of time to be spent on carrying them out
and no part of it may be construed.
This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of
the post. The duties may be varied to
meet the changing demands of the academy at the reasonable discretion of the
- Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request
from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in
this job description.
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