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Deputy Safeguarding Lead/Officer

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Marshall, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Could a HLTA carry this out (obviously after training)?

  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I my school (large secondary) we had 3 Deputy DSLs and one was the senior learning mentor. She was excellent at it.

    KCSIE says that the safeguarding lead must be a "senior member of staff... [with] ... the appropriate status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post" but it doesn't anything about who can be Deputy DSLs. Only that "Any deputies should be trained to the same standard as the designated safeguarding lead and the role should be explicit in their job description".

    Ofsted came and went, LA did Safeguarding audits, neither ever suggested a Deputy DSL must be a teacher or be on SLT.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2018
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    We are independent, but have one who is a completely unqualified TA... :rolleyes:
    So yes, I would think an HLTA could in a state school.
  4. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    A TA is just taking on this role in my school. It was questioned, but is better placed to conduct the role than any teacher; and arguably more easily able to deal with any emergency should it be required.
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  5. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    quite common, I think
  6. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    We have seven members of our safeguarding team. Four are SLT - a DHT and 3 HoKS. One is the SENCO. The other two are the behaviour support team neither of whom is a teacher. Due to their availability, it is often the the non-teachers who are found first with any safeguarding issue.
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  7. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    I think a lot of pastoral / family support / well-being roles are also deputy safeguarding lead. They are often the ones who are most likely to have something disclosed to them and work closely with families in a number of schools.
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  8. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Thank you - that's really helpful.
  9. install

    install Star commenter

    Wouldn't dream of using.an hlta but have worked in very large secondaries.:)

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