Information for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) take the lead role in safeguarding and child protection in their setting. They provide advice and support to staff about safeguarding issues and are the first point of contact where staff have concerns about a child. Their role is vital in creating and promoting a culture of safeguarding, vigilance and safer recruitment.

Further information about the role of the DSL can be found in Annexe B of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 updated July 2021.


DSLs should refer to the Department of Education's safeguarding children information for schools, colleges and children's services which contains details of all statutory safeguarding policies, and the policies and procedures page of this website.

Additional guidance can be found below:


On appointment to post all DSLs must complete:

DSLs must complete an update training every two years.

  • DSL Refresher Training - this is available to book onto through the Schools Portal and is delivered by the Education Safeguarding Team

Completion of the new to role training allows DSLs to deliver Working Together to Safeguard Children Training and other awareness raising training in their setting. Please contact the Education Safeguarding Team to receive training materials for Working Together to Safeguard Children for Education Staff.

For further details of the train the trainer course or to discuss your training needs please contact the Surrey Children's Services Academy Training Team at