LET US TAKE THE LEAD
At DS, we understand that schools often do not have the time and resource to be constantly and efficiently managing safety. And that’s where we come in.
DS have a wealth of experience in helping keep schools safe and providing support in all areas. From health and safety and safeguarding, right through to business and project support, our comprehensive Service Level Agreements detail the level of commitment that we provide and can be tailored to suit your every need.
Browse through our range of services detailed below, and see what we can offer! If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss further, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Sometimes described as: ‘the stuff that keeps you awake at night’ this area of work including Health, Safety and Wellbeing/Mindfulness can be complex and high profile if it goes wrong in a range of ways, including Reputational damage to business and individuals. We are experts in Proactive and Proportionate risk management and can also support you with Business Continuity, Critical Incidents and wider Community crises. We also understand that generally in society the words Health and Safety are not as closely defined as that attributed to them by the Health and Safety Executive. Ofsted has an angle on it bringing in a sharp focus on the aspects of effective overall Safeguarding, Site Safety and Security including CCTV. Then there’s Public Health and Food safety too.
DS is well known for its prompt response and reliability in emergencies and we do save our customers money by avoiding claims.
We have a choice of comprehensive support packages over 1 or even a 3-year term but recognise one size doesn’t fit all and are happy to discuss bespoke service agreements or one-off commissions.
Find out more about our highly experienced team of Risk, Management and Reassurance Advisors here.
We recognise at DS that you may need support from time to time where additional capacity may be needed, sickness impacts on service delivery or there’s a sudden departure, for a myriad of reasons, leaving a gap needing a solution. We have supported customers on a range of fronts and our offer includes: Business Manager, Finance, Clerk to Governors and Site manager/caretaker support.
DS can also help with Coaching and Mentoring, Mediation, Leader Appraisal and Investigations. Then there’s Communications to include social and digital and PR/Marketing skills. We can also help in applying the latest methods of recruitment, competitive insurance cover and more!
We also have a team dedicated to supporting customers with Behaviour and Classroom Management.
Find out more about our fantastic business support team here.
DS has extensive expertise and experience in managing projects of all types, on time and within budget, often delivering substantial savings.
We are experienced negotiators with the knowledge required to effectively support you with procurement, site and other management and organisational issues, not forgetting the CDM regulations requirements.
Compliance is more robustly achieved with the support of effective online systems to be resilient. Ask us at DS how we can help with your approach? There are those headline-grabbing topics too that are incorporated here such as Asbestos, Water Hygiene/Legionella.
We at DS believe that our customers are best supported by breaking down false barriers between this subject and others including Health, Safety and Wellbeing and then Community Crises/Critical Incidents/Business Continuity. We pride ourselves on this approach and ensure that our team is up to speed with developments, but also still deploy specialists in Safeguarding and Child Protection to our Consultancy, Supportive Auditing, or Training and Development support. Our Safeguarding Advisor, Mandy Parry, is a Bristol Safeguarding Children’s Board (BSCB) registered safeguarding and child protection trainer. Find out more about Mandy and how she can help you, here.
WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING?
‘The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is everyone’s responsibility.’
WHAT IS CHILD PROTECTION?
‘Part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.’
We understand that an effective overall approach has been described as customers having a ‘golden thread’ running through all that they do, together with the essential nature of a ‘detective approach’, not merely administrative, to Recruitment, the Disclosure and Barring Service and other checks, together with the proactive upkeep and strategic reporting on the single central record.
DS has a comprehensive, blended and fully flexible support and training programme, which can be tailored to suit your needs and to ensure you receive the best price. In addition, we have contact with other specialist training providers such as CLEAPSS, etc.
Take a look at a selection of our well-respected training courses detailed below. For the most up to date situation please see our ‘Training and Events page here. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, ask us! We have a wide network of trainers and skilled practitioners who can help, or know someone who can!
Safeguarding for Leaders
Mindfulness and Wellbeing Support
Team teach / Positive Handling
Design and Technology – H&S to DATA standards
Child Protection and Safeguarding Awareness
Risk Assessment and Risk Management
Lone Working, Manual Handling and Working at Height
Fire Warden and Fire Awareness
Training for Group Leaders on Educational Visits
Health and Safety Awareness / Refreshers
Accident Reporting and Accident Investigations
First aid at Work / Emergency First Aid at Work
Paediatric First Aid (2 day or 1 day)
Administration of Medication
Safer Recruitment Training
Training on the Single Central Record