Role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)

Understand the DSL's responsibilities, what training they need and what to consider when determining how much time your DSL needs for their role.

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  1. Main areas of responsibility 
  2. Expectations for the DSL and deputies
  3. Training
  4. Availability and time allocation

Main areas of responsibility 

You should have a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) whose role is to:

  • Take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection (including online safety and understanding the filtering and monitoring systems you have in place)
  • Support staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties
  • Liaise closely with children’s social care and other services 

The DSL's main responsibilities are set out on pages 28 and 29 and in Annex C of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023. 

Managing referrals

Your DSL should refer cases:

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