RSR Public Safety are currently recruiting for an Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor for the Diocese of Southwark, one of the largest Diocese in the UK.
Do you have expert knowledge of current practices relating to safeguarding? We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Safeguarding Adviser to connect the Church’s mission of safeguarding everyone by fostering education and learning from a safeguarding context.
Working within the multi-disciplinary safeguarding team, where you will contribute to the safeguarding culture of the church and implement organisational and national strategies and policies, working alongside internal and external partners.
The Bishop of Southwark wishes to maintain and promote the highest standards of care in the area of Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect within the Diocese.
Please note: The ADSA is not required to be a practicing Christian but is expected to be in sympathy with the ethos of the Church of England and share Diocesan values.
If you currently work in safeguarding with good knowledge of safeguarding policies and procedures, we welcome applications from all sectors.
Location: Southwark (1 day working from home)
Main duties and responsibilities
- The ADSA will work with the rest of the DST implementing national and diocesan reviews and audit outcomes including the Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
- Members of the team will take a lead in particular areas as agreed with the DSA.
- To work with the DSA to develop best practice for a trauma informed approach to responding to victims and survivors of church abuse.
- To be the DST lead in the development of mental health policy, in close liaison with the DSA.
- To promote the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and effective responses to cases involving mental health, as an essential part of mission.
- To be familiar with and implement national House of Bishops and Diocesan safeguarding policies and procedures, and through case work and delivery of training ensure that they are implemented throughout the Diocese.
- Through casework, to promote the church’s role in safeguarding with statutory and voluntary agencies across the sixteen local authorities within the Diocese.
- To be proactive in ensuring parishes and worshipping communities are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect; to provide appropriate guidance and support and information to keep them abreast of policy and practice developments.
- To support the DSA in advising the Diocesan Bishop, Area Bishops and Archdeacons on procedures to be followed when cases of children, young people and vulnerable adults abuse arise, and ensuring the development of good safeguarding practice in the Diocese through advice, information and training.
- To assist the Diocese in the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers and in its use of the Disclosure and Barring Service, and to advise the Diocesan Bishop and parishes on the assessment of risk where disclosures are blemished.
- To contribute to the cover of an out of hours mobile phone for urgent safeguarding concerns as negotiated with the DSA.
- To keep records of all casework electronically, on the National Case Management System, My Concern.
- Extensive experience of safeguarding of children and adults including experience of undertaking and contributing to policy, practice development and implementation.
- A social work qualification recognised by the Health and Care Professional Council, or a similar qualification / experience in a related area.
- Specific training in a variety of aspects of child or adult protection
- Of child and/or adult protection work as a senior practitioner and/or manager
- Of current legislation relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
- Of the risk assessment and management of those who have offended against children or adults, and who may pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults
- Of the structure and operation of statutory and voluntary organisations in safeguarding
- Of statutory multi agency working such as MASH, MAPPA, MARAC and PREVENT.
- Of trauma informed practice when working with victims or survivors of abuse, including adults with mental health issues.
Skills / Ability in
- Identification and assessment of key issues in the field of safeguarding children and adults
- Constructive work with a wide range of interested parties, including staff in statutory and voluntary sectors, in order to maintain best practice delivered within the church context.
- Sympathetic and sensitive engagement with survivors of abuse, vulnerable adults and others affected by child or adult protection issues.
- Identification and challenge of poor practice, and implementation of necessary change
- Effective communication with a wide range of individuals and groups, and presentation of clear and written material, including training delivery experience.
- Relating respectfully to and consulting with people at all levels, including senior clergy and parish officers
- Keeping up to date with legislative developments in the field
- IT skills for reporting and record keeping.
- Strong commitment to safeguarding as an essential part of the church’s work in pastoral care and welcome.
- Willingness to work on own initiative and be accountable.
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
- In sympathy with the ethos and mission of the church
- Able to work flexible hours, including evening and weekend work and out of hours phone cover as negotiated with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
- Willingness to travel within the diocese.
- Effective stewardship of resources
- Collaborative team working
- Respect for all
- Transparent accountability.
- Understanding of the Church of England and its structures, including the legal framework
- Experience of child or adult safeguarding in the church context
- Experience of delivering training in child and adult safeguarding, in a style accessible to a wide range of church personnel or be willing to be trained.
- An understanding of mental health policies, including the Mental Capacity Act, and the Care Act (2014), and how they apply in the context of safeguarding children and adults.
- Working with perpetrators of abuse.
- You will receive 26 days annual leave per annum, increasing to 31 days after 2 years’ service. There is also an entitlement to 2 local and 8 national bank holidays.
- A non-contributory pension will normally be arranged with the Church Workers’ Pension Fund, currently a 15% employer’s contribution.
If you would like to be considered for this position and have the relevant experience, then please email your CV to email@example.com
Due to the high volume of applications received, if you do not hear from us within 7 working days, I am afraid your application has been unsuccessful.
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