Advanced Safeguarding Workshop for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Andrew Hall is an Specialist Safeguarding Consultant who leads outstanding workshops for Designated Safeguarding Leads and anyone responsible for safeguarding and child protection in schools and colleges.

Why choose an outstanding Advanced Safeguarding Workshop led by Andrew Hall?

  • A small group of colleagues, usually no more than 18, offers a unique opportunity for collaboration
  • Led by an experienced headteacher who understands the day-to-day pressures on schools
  • Practical guidance to implement straight away in your own school
  • Comprehensive toolkit to ensure compliance and identify gaps
  • Obtain direct answers to your safeguarding and child protection questions

…and absolutely no Death-by-PowerPoint.

Workshop content

  • Understanding of the signs and symptoms of child abuse
    • including a deeper understanding of neglect
  • The latest additional safeguarding concerns, including:
    • Female Genital Mutilation
    • Child Sexual Exploitation
    • Tackling extremism
  • Strategies to raise awareness in staff
  • The legislative framework and statutory compliance
  • Understanding safeguarding risks
  • Thinking the Unthinkable
  • Learning the lessons from Serious Case Reviews
  • Creating best practice systems and procedures
  • Key elements of a professional code of conduct
  • The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

Workshop Bonuses

  1. The workshop meets the ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education' requirement for two-yearly training for ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads' (previously known as ‘Level Three' training).
  2. Your own copy of the Safeguarding Handbook to take away: The essential strategic guide for Designated Safeguarding Leads packed with up-to-date guidance, checklists and pro-formas.
  3. A CD containing all the proformas and checklists from the Safeguarding Handbook ready to customise for your own school, saving hours of time.
  4. Take away, ready-to-use materials in a training event for your own staff.

Workshops from Andrew Hall are:

  • Innovative
  • Topical
  • Practical
  • Collaborative
  • Engaging
  • Insightful


  • Headteachers and Deputy Heads
  • Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Safeguarding Team Members
  • Learning Mentors
  • Family Liaison Workers

We believe that the success of the Advanced Safeguarding Workshop relies on colleagues sharing their expertise, so this workshop is suitable for both experienced colleagues and those new to the role.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

“Is this Level 3 training?”
The training levels were originally set out in Working Together 2010, but were removed in Working Together 2013. Since 2013 there has been no national statutory guidance on the content of safeguarding training, but Local Safeguarding Children Boards still have a duty to provide, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training in their area. This may include the LSCB setting training standards. (Providers should not be advertising courses as Level 1, 2, 3, etc. (but I know they still do.))

I believe that the training package I offer DSLs exceeds the minimum standards required.

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“But my local authority runs our training…”
The Advanced Safeguarding Workshop complements local authority training, which is focussed on ensuring that schools understand the local protocols and referral systems. Schools and colleges are free to choose any provider they wish.

“But how do I know this training is any good?”
Andrew Hall has spent the best part of thirty years in schools as a teacher and headteacher working with vulnerable students and those affected by child abuse and neglect. Since 2010, Andrew has focussed on safeguarding policy and practice, in addition to working in schools as an Associate Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead. Testimonials from teachers who attend Andrew's workshop frequently rate it ‘outstanding'. Andrew is a regular contributor to conferences, professional magazines and the general media.

“But will it be relevant to my school?”
Safeguarding in schools must be relevant to be effective. We never have more than 15 places on the Advanced Safeguarding Workshop to ensure that the content is focussed on the needs of the group. The workshop begins by gaining an understanding of the participants' best hopes for the day. At the close of the workshop, colleagues will create an Action Plan to take back to school.

“But will I learn anything new?”
Safeguarding and child protection is always evolving and government guidance seems to impose continual change and challenge. Andrew Hall works hard to ensure that the workshop has the most up-to-date content. To keep children and young people as safe as possible, we must continually evaluate, learn and improve. The workshop is collaborative and we hope that experienced colleagues will find value in the contributions of others. The content of the ‘Advanced Safeguarding' workshop is designed to enhance all aspects of safeguarding, not just child protection.

“But is this workshop accredited?”
There is no official accreditation for any kind of safeguarding course. Schools and colleges are free to choose any training provider they wish, including, since September 2014, Safer Recruitment training. The Department for Education, Ofsted and the Independent Schools' Inspectorate expect that schools can evidence that their training schedule and content is relevant to their staff, pupils and individual school context. In the past, there were distinct schedules and levels for training, but since the publication of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children' in 2013, there is no longer statutory guidance for training. The only two exceptions are timescales for Designated Safeguarding Leads (every two years) and training for all staff (at least annually). Workshop participants will receive a ‘Certificate of Attendance'.

Ready to Book

We would be delighted to see you on our Advanced Safeguarding Workshops.

  1. Speak to Kate, our Business Manager, on 01223 929269 she will book you in.
  2. Email your details to
  3. Book online using the clickable ‘Book Now' buttons at the top right of the sidebar or on the front page of this website.

We look forward to seeing you.

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