The role of the Senior Designated Person (SDP) and their deputy (DDP) is to take lead responsibility for managing child protection issues within an organisation. This involves being a central point for safeguarding; providing advice and support to other staff, promoting good child protection policy and practice, ensuring all staff have appropriate training,  making referrals to and liaising with the local authority and working with other agencies

In order to carry out the role of DSP  training in the following is required:

  • Basic child protection training in order to recognise how to identify signs of abuse and know when it is appropriate to make a referral.
  • Training on inter-agency working. The DSP must have a working knowledge of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), the conduct of a child protection conference and must be able to contribute to these and other inter-agency meetings effectively when required.
  • Specific training on the role of the DSP. This should be refreshed every two years.

NSPCC 2012

The online training provided by the ChildProtectionCompany.com for the Child Protection lead (SDP), within an organisation,  has the following learning outcomes:

On completion the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the designated safeguarding and child protection lead
  • Relate to National guidance created to promote welfare, safeguard and protect children
  • Ensure that good practice in regard to safeguarding and child protection is embedded within your organisation
  • Demonstrate understanding of statutory and non-statutory roles in protecting children
  • Be able to deal with safeguarding concerns and referrals on behalf of the organisation
  • Ensure adequate advice, support, information, instruction and training for staff is available within the organisation
  • Be able to respond to allegations and complaints

For more information on the Leading on Child Protection Training click here.