Safeguarding Support Officer

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WORCESTER
Fixed Term Part Time
being pro rata of FTE £28,650

We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community. The Diocesan Safeguarding Team here in Worcester advises the Bishop and others responsible for the care of children and vulnerable adults throughout the Church in our diocese.

We are preparing to undertake Past Case Review Work required by all dioceses in England; to support this work we are looking for someone on a temporary basis to provide case-work assistance to our small, friendly safeguarding team. We expect this role to last for 12 months.

Please note: You will need to apply directly to the WDBF by visiting:

https://www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/vacancies for an application form.

To assist the safeguarding team during the period of the Review. This could include:

  • Ensuring the information and case files are prepared and available for the PCR Reviewer
  • Supporting the DSA/ADSA in their casework should new cases be identified as a result of the review
  • Carrying out other duties normally undertaken by the ADSA throughout the period of the review if she needs to deputise for the DSA with more complex work. This could include, undertaking straightforward casework, supporting clergy and PCCs in their implementation of safeguarding policy and guidance, reviewing voluntary safeguarding agreements, supporting the safeguarding training offered through the Diocese and undertaking other duties as required within the main aim of the job.

To meet on a regular basis with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for communication and supervision purposes

A person who has skills and experience that they wish to use to serve the Church and its work.

The person appointed should have

Essential

  • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent (for example; social work, health, teaching, law, police etc.) with current registration where applicable.
  • Level 3 training or above in child or adult protection with ability to demonstrate transferrable knowledge across the client groups.
  • Recent experience and knowledge of safeguarding working with children, young people or adults who are vulnerable and ability to demonstrate transferrable knowledge across the client groups.
  • Up to date knowledge of safeguarding guidance and the management of cases of concern..
  • Ability to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality and work sensitively with those affected by issues of safeguarding.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - written, oral and presentational.
  • A proven ability to develop and sustain relationships at all levels both inside and outside the church.
  • Ability to identify examples of poor practice and ensure that necessary change is implemented.
  • IT and good record keeping skills.
  • Ability to travel regularly, widely and flexibly in both the rural and the urban parts of the diocese. A current driving licence is essential unless suitable alternative arrangements can be made.
  • Willingness to work outside normal office hours, as work in the evenings and at week-ends will be core to the effectiveness of the role.
  • A satisfactory outcome of Disclosure & Barring Service enhanced plus barred list disclosure.
  • Empathy with and an understanding of the values of the Church of England

Desirable

  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Practitioner experience of working with victims or survivors of abuse.
  • Experience in training in both child and adult protection.

The Diocese of Worcester has 279 churches in 195 parishes, mostly within the ceremonial county of Worcestershire and the borough of Dudley.