The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) is an integral part of any school.
It is a role that is growing in profile and as each year passes the expectation on the DSL to keep pupils safe from harm is increasing. This brings with it key challenges. Not least of which is keeping ahead of government guidance and policy changes in response to the ever evolving world of digital safety. It’s a ceaseless task.
While some DSLs can focus 100% of their time to the job, many more are juggling the responsibilities with those of teaching or deputy leadership. But in all cases, it’s a role that exposes those who undertake it to emotional strain.
To keep children and young people as safe as possible, the DSL must continually evaluate, learn and improve. Collaboration is key. It’s something we value highly at Smoothwall. We couldn’t develop our products without the input of the thousands of DSLs who use our solutions every day and in turn we help them to stay one step ahead of the ever growing world of digital safety.
Below are just some of the ways we’re collaborating with our DSL customers, up and down the country.