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Safeguarding for school nurses and school nurse DSLs

2 May @ 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Venue: Zoom (online) – day seminar

Audience: All clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/ carers and/or any adult who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and/ or evaluating the needs of a child or young person and/or parenting capacity.

Course outline

This one-day certificate programme is based upon the learning outcomes for level 3 health workers detailed within the most recent Intercollegiate document 2019.  Content also links with Annex C of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 detailing roles and responsibilities of Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Case study and practical learning examples are based on specific clinical practice examples and dilemmas and reference to specialist health evidence-base relevant to the role of the school nurse.  This certificate programme is suitable for school nurses working in a range of education settings including state, independent, international, and boarding contexts.

The programme is co-facilitated by health and safeguarding practitioners and has been specifically developed to certificate school nurses for level 3 safeguarding for clinicians as well as providing certification for those school nurses who also carry out the role of Designated or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in education settings.

Training topics will include:

  • Leading safeguarding in health: the roles and responsibilities of the school nurse and designated safeguarding lead
  • Refresh of legal and regulatory frameworks, principles, and definitions
  • Safer organisations and a culture of listening to children
  • Vulnerable groups and the impact of trauma, SEND and vulnerability
  • Refresh of traditional safeguarding signs and indicators and overview of specific contemporary safeguarding concerns such as e-safety, FGM, domestic abuse, child-on-child, exploitation etc.
  • Multi-agency working with early help and statutory services
  • Keeping records and information sharing

Learning outcomes:

  • To be able to identify, drawing on professional and clinical expertise, possible signs of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, or neglect, including domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, grooming and exploitation to support and/or commit acts of terrorism (known as radicalisation), FGM, modern slavery, gang and electronic media abuse using child and family-focused approaches.
  • To understand what constitutes child maltreatment including the effects of carer/ parental behaviour on children and young people.
  • To know how to undertake, where appropriate, a risk and harm assessment.
  • To know how to communicate effectively with children and young people, and to know how to ensure that they have the opportunity to participate in decisions affecting them as appropriate to their age and ability.
  • To know how to contribute to, and make considered judgements about how to act in order to safeguard/protect a child or young person, including escalation as part of this process.
  • To know how to contribute to, formulate and communicate effective management plans for children and young people who have been maltreated within a multidisciplinary approach and as related to role.
  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues surrounding misdiagnosis in safeguarding/child protection.
  • To know how to appropriately contribute to inter-agency assessments by gathering and sharing information, documenting concerns appropriately for safeguarding/ child protection and legal purposes, seeking professional guidance in report writing where required.
  • To know how to participate in and chair peer review and multidisciplinary meetings as required
  • To be able to identify risk to the unborn child in the antenatal period as appropriate to role.
  • To know how to assess training requirements and contribute to departmental updates where relevant to role. This can be undertaken in various ways such as through audit, case discussion, peer review and supervision and as a component of refresher training.
  • To know how to apply the lessons learnt from audit and serious case reviews, case management reviews and significant case reviews to improve practice.
  • To know, as per role, how to advise others on appropriate information sharing
  • To know how to obtain support and help in situations where there are problems requiring further expertise and experience.


  • HIEDA/SACPA Member Rate: £155
  • Non-member Rate: £310*

*If you would like to become a member and access discounted rates for Hieda CPD and events, please click here.

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Louise Howel, Hieda Nurse Advisor

Louise is paediatric nurse with experience in children’s A & E, plastics and respiratory care. Health visitor for ten years.  Nine years experience in independent school nursing working in a mix of boarding and day school settings. Six years experience as Health centre manager most recently at Wycliffe College.


2 May
9:00 am - 4:45 pm


Health in Education Association