It is the start of an intense year for everyone working in schools, especially designated safeguarding leads. Hannah Glossop details her priorities to help DSLs be fully prepared for the months ahead

We are all hoping that this year will be a return to something approaching normal service.

But for designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) the next few months are unlikely to be business as usual. The fall-out from the disruption of the past 18 months, with its protracted lockdowns and summer term “pingdemic” will resonate for some time to come. It will be a high-stakes year.

Safeguarding practice has never been more important and DSLs will be on alert for the signs of students who may be a safeguarding concern.

As well as continued vigilance, DSLs will have a range of developments that they will need to be aware of and act upon. These are as follows:

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