Annual Certificate in Understanding Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence for DSLs & Deputy DSLs (2023-2024)

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Lorna Ponambalum Senior leader and safeguarding consultant
Course 1hr 35min 6 modules

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand your statutory safeguarding requirements around sexual harassment and sexual violence in education settings.

CPD Certified

New ‘Keeping children safe in education’ guidance has been published and will become statutory from 1 September 2023. 

Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) and their deputies should take a lead role and use their professional judgement when responding to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence. They should have the necessary training and skills to effectively support a culture where sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are not tolerated, and where they identify issues and intervene early to better protect children and young people.

Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, a safeguarding expert and senior leader, this course provides you with the core content you need to understand your statutory safeguarding requirements around sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools and colleges.

Please note: The course consists of learning through video, task completion, and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives of the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own settings.

All schools should continue to adhere to the current ‘Keeping children safe in education’ guidance until 1 September 2023.

Designed in line with the following: 

  • Keeping children safe in education
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges 
  • Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people

Important note for non-UK learners: Although this course reflects best practice principles and might be useful for learners outside the UK, please note that it is based solely on UK guidance and legislation. Please make sure you also adhere to relevant legislation applicable in your own country.

Please note that this course explores sensitive topics that some viewers may find distressing.