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Data Protection for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Written on 7 June, 2024

Data Protection for Designated Safeguarding Leads 1The DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance states that Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are required to ‘act as a source of support, advice and expertise for all staff’*

Annex C of the KCSIE outlines that one of the roles of DSLs is to ‘understand relevant data protection legislation and regulations, especially the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation’*

Added to that, the concluding report and recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse suggest significant changes need to be made in the way school staff report concerns.

It has never been more important to ensure your DSLs are equipped to navigate this area of data protection and UK GDPR.

We have devised a training session to bolster and embed DSL knowledge in this area which will enable them to confidently instruct and advise the remainder of the school staff.

Delivered by our Education Data Hub Team Manager, Clare Wilson, this session is aimed at DSL’s and Deputy DSLs and will explore:

  • KCSIE 2024
  • the IICSA Recommendations
  • Information Sharing Advice for Practitioners May 2024
  • ICO 10 Steps to Information Sharing to Safeguard Children
  • DfE Dealing with Subject Access Requests Apr 2024
  • and the latest case law

to provide you with a thorough understanding of:

  • Recording concerns
  • Retaining records
  • Transferring records
  • Securing records
  • Sharing information
  • Responding to requests for records

We have an upcoming session that individuals can book onto HERE.

Please contact us at [email protected] to enquire about bespoke sessions for MATs.


*information taken from KCSIE May 2024 pending publication Sept 2024