Safeguarding Officer

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Lincoln Cathedral, Priorygate, Lincoln
Permanent
£19,200 per annum (£32,000 FTE)

Lincoln Cathedral is looking to appoint an experienced safeguarding professional to work collaboratively with the Lincoln Diocesan Safeguarding Team (LDST), to deliver the highest standard of professional safeguarding advice to support Cathedral clergy, staff and volunteers. This is a permanent, part time position, 21 hours per week, working flexibly with a salary of £19,200 per annum. This position is new to the Cathedral but was previously covered through the work of the LDST.

Ensuring safeguarding remains a priority within the ministry and mission of the Cathedral and is visible in all operational management and event planning. Working collaboratively with the Lincoln Diocesan Safeguarding Team, you will deliver the highest standard of professional safeguarding advice to support Cathedral clergy, staff and volunteers.

  • To promote safeguarding of both children and adults, including responding to domestic abuse, as an essential part of ministry and mission within the Cathedral.
  • To be familiar with and implement Church of England safeguarding policies and procedures, through case work and provision of safeguarding advice to all who work and serve within the Cathedral and keep up to date with changing legislation.
  • Through casework, to promote the church’s role in safeguarding with statutory and voluntary agencies.
  • To be proactive in ensuring cathedral clergy, staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; to provide appropriate guidance and support and information to keep them abreast of developments in the field. To provide safeguarding guidance, information and advice to cathedral clergy, staff and volunteers who are concerned about the welfare of a child/vulnerable adult.
  • To support the DSA in her advice to Cathedral Chapter regarding procedures to be followed when cases of child or adult abuse arise, and ensure the development of good safeguarding practice in the Cathedral.
  • To work with the Cathedral Volunteers Officer and the Diocesan Safeguarding Training Coordinator to develop and deliver an effective training program that meets the requirements of the Church of England’s Safeguarding Training Framework.
  • To work with Cathedral Clergy, Police MOSOVO teams and the Local Authority in ensuring appropriate risk assessment and planning takes place to support those who have been identified as posing a risk to others and who wish to worship and participate in the Cathedral community. (This is called setting up and managing Safer Church Agreements)
  • To work in partnership with The Precentor, The Music Team, The Education Manager, The Dean’s Verger, The Volunteers Officer and The Events Team to ensure appropriate risk assessments and risk mitigation plans are in place to support all aspects of the Cathedral’s work and mission.
  • To provide out of hours mobile phone cover for urgent safeguarding concerns as part of a rota during times negotiated with the DSA.
  • To keep records of all casework electronically, in line with the protocols and templates set by the DSA.

Essential

  • Possess a relevant professional qualification or equivalent within a relevant discipline (A Social Work Qualification recognised by the HCPC for professional registration purposes or an equivalent Probation Service Qualification or if applying from within or as a retired Police Officer to have passed at a minimum the Sergeant Exams and worked at Sergeant level or above.).
  • Evidence of continued professional development in child and adult safeguarding.
  • Experience of child or adult protection work as a senior practitioner with working knowledge of current safeguarding legislation and guidance.
  • Understanding risk management of those who have offended against children or vulnerable adults, and who may pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults.
  • Knowledge of the structure and operation of statutory and voluntary organisations in safeguarding
  • The ability to identify and assess the key issues in the field of safeguarding children and adults and keep up to date with legislative developments
  • Significant experience of managing safeguarding casework with the ability to create and deliver risk management and support plans.

Desirable

  • Experience of safeguarding in a church context
  • Experience of delivering training in child and adult safeguarding, in a style accessible to a wide range of church personnel

The Corporate Body of the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln (to give it its proper title) is first and foremost a church, the seat of the Bishop of Lincoln and a centre of worship and mission led by the Cathedral Chapter. A minimum of three services take place each day of the year, at least one of which is usually sung by the Cathedral’s renowned choir. It is the principal ‘mother’ church of Lincolnshire and holds many of the county-wide services of celebration, commemoration and memorial.

Lincoln Cathedral is a place of pilgrimage, where people come to seek God, to learn more about faith, or to take time out of a busy day for quiet reflection. It is a place of welcome and hospitality where all of any faith or no faith are encouraged to feel at home.