Frequently Asked Questions

Safeguarding Training & Consultancy

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Ella is regularly asked about the requirements within schools and the services she provides. Hopefully, some of these will be answered below.
How often does a DSL need to be trained? 

Designated Safeguarding Leads are required to receive training every two years but this must be supported with additional continuous learning throughout.

This can be through conference attendance, reading briefings and keeping up to date with the latest information. There are also likely to be additional courses that are required to support the role in the local authorities the DSL works within.

What version of Keeping Children Safe in Education are we using?

KCSIE 2023 is the current version and was updated from the previous version in 2022. We are to use KCSIE 2023 from 1st September 2023.

Can Ella and the team offer training on-site within my setting?

Yes, and this can be bespoke for your setting and is a great way to ensure the training meets your individual needs. You can discuss specific areas you need the training to include, and we can work together to achieve your desired outcomes.

Can I have training during the evening as our volunteers have work during the day?

Yes, this is a common request and not a problem at all and at no extra cost either! There are many reasons why training during normal working hours can be unsuitable and Ella and the team are happy to visit your setting on an evening or deliver a session online if this works better for you.

Does the DSL have to be the headteacher?

No. The DSL is quite often the headteacher but this is not a requirement. The DSL does not have to be a qualified teacher. They do however need to be a member of the Senior Leadership Team and then Deputy DSLs can be non-teaching and not a member of SLT.

What geographical areas does Ella train in?

Everywhere. We cover national and international areas.  We have clients from Essex to Dubai!

Will I get certificates for every person?

Yes. These will sent to you electronically after the training session.

Has Ella worked in a school and done the job?

Yes. Ella worked at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, Sandwell for 15 years. Ella was the Safeguarding Manager and then the Director of Safeguarding for the Trust.

Ella has managed all types of safeguarding cases, as well as then managing the safeguarding team.

All Ella’s team have experience in direct work with young people and within education as well as delivering training and providing supervision and consultancy.

I don’t know what we need for our setting and have some questions, so I don’t know where to start. What should I do?

Give Ella a call for a chat about what is needed 07971 200 223. No obligation, just a chat to see what is best for you. This can be a useful exercise to feel reassured you have everything in order.

What qualifications does Ella have to be able to support us?

Ella trained as a person-centred, gestalt and young persons' counsellor and is BACP accredited.

Ella has worked in education for 18 years, is an NSPCC-accredited trainer and has chaired, keynoted and written for Optimus Education Ltd.