Designated safeguarding lead (DSL): model job description

Download our model job description and person specification for a DSL and adapt it to meet your school's needs.

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Model job description and person specification

Download and adapt it to reflect the role in your school.

It's based on the requirements in the statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (which we look at in the next section).

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Every school should have a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), as set out in paragraph 10 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).

Take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection (including online safety and understanding the filtering and monitoring systems in place) Support staff to carry out their safeguarding duties Liaise closely with

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