Kristen Walker-Arnott is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at MOSPS. Kristen has taught in Primary Schools for over 17 years - in West London, Surrey and Hampshire. She has had DSL training and refresher training over the past three years from Hampshire County Council. Matthew Hill as Headteacher and Ben Willis as Deputy Headteacher are the deputy DSLs and have also received DSL training from Hampshire.
What does a Designated Safeguarding Lead do?
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead was specified in the Children Act and ensured the every organisation had a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer. The Designated Safeguarding Lead has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis.
Key Aspects of the Designated Lead role includes:
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015) sets out the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead in Annex B:
Role of the Designated safeguarding Lead
Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that the school or college designates an appropriate senior member of staff to take lead responsibility for child protection. This person should have the status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and, where appropriate, supporting and directing other staff.