Reaching out to our Designated Safeguarding Leads

December 2023

In the autumn term, 42% (30/72) of our settings attended the Early Years and PVI Designated Safeguarding Lead Update Sessions.

In the autumn term, 80% (34/41) of our schools attended the Primary Designated Safeguarding Lead Update Sessions.

In the autumn term, 93% (14/15) of our schools attended the Secondary Designated Safeguarding Lead Update Sessions.

In the autumn term, 83% (5/6) of our Special Schools, attended the Designated Safeguarding Lead Update Sessions.

For those schools and settings that were unable to attend these meetings, a follow up meeting with the Education Safeguarding Manager was held so that they were still able to access the resources and information discussed.

All schools can book on to future sessions for 2023-2024 here:

Event List : Safeguarding (

During the sessions, there were 42 key speakers sharing a range of materials on emotional health and well-being, support around self-harm and trauma, early help services, CFCS demand and referrals, support around physical chastisement, support around the Court Process and PLO, risks in the local area and updates from the attendance team and EHE team, alongside future training opportunities e.g., suicide prevention and substance misuse.

These sessions help to provide our DSLs with the ‘Sutton’ context and are a great way of building our network and liaising with multi-agency partners.  Even if you are part of a wider safeguarding chain, we would highly recommend that you come along.

The Christmas break is not always an easy time for our families for a variety of different reasons.  We want to ensure that our schools feel supported in managing this time, as well as feeling confident in being able to signpost families to the relevant services where needed. The Education Safeguarding Team aim to make this time a little easier on our children and young people and for families and Designated Safeguarding Leads to realise that they are not alone.

 Support for families

Urgent mental health support -24/7 crisis lines

The AFC Crisis Messenger text service is a free.docx

Sutton Uplift Wellbeing Ad GPs.pdf

Wellbeing IAPT Poster.pdf

Together for Sutton – Together for Sutton

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Support for DSLs

Event : COGNUS-VIRTUAL—Group-DSL-Supervision—GROUP-A – 20965 (

Event : COGNUS-VIRTUAL—Group-DSL-Supervision—GROUP-B – 20967 (