Frequently Asked Questions

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 Designated Safeguarding Lead (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 attendance at conferences, reading briefings and keeping up to date with latest information. There is 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 using?

KCSIE 2020 is the current version and was updated from the previous version in 2019. Covid-19 delayed the release of the 2020 version.

Can Ella 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 an evening as our volunteers have to 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 is happy to visit your setting on an evening 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. Ella has clients in Birmingham, Sandwell, Manchester, The Netherlands, London, Singapore and Luxembourg! Ella is able to travel to you or during Covid-19 restrictions can offer training and support remotely.

Will I get certificates for every person?

Yes. These will sent to you electronically after the training session with a full evaluation analysis that will help you assess the learning and identify any gaps for future training needs.

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.

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. 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 is a BACP Accredited person-centred, gestalt and young person’s counsellor. Ella has worked in education for 15 years and is an NSPCC accredited trainer and has chaired, keynoted and wrote for Optimus Education Ltd. Ella works closely with Dai Durbridge, Partner at Browne Jacobson Lawyers, who specialises in safeguarding and education