The National Safeguarding Team provides professional safeguarding advice to the Church of England on matters of national policy as part of its wider transformation plan, which includes the development and implementation of national policy, training, quality assurance and audit, and work with survivors. The national safeguarding team also leads complex casework and supports dioceses in their safeguarding of children and adults.
The main responsibilities for this role are;
Project and Programme Support
- Providing support to key projects and work programmes led by the NST, including those led by external Associates. The major work programmes will include training, policy development and quality assurance.
- Acting as a key contact within the team for advice and guidance related to the above projects / programmes.
- Organising and minuting meetings related to the above projects / programmes.
- Assisting in the organisation and recording of focus groups and project review meetings.
- Undertaking research tasks including collating, cleaning and summarising data; co-ordinating surveys; undertaking feedback exercises.
- Assisting with initial analysis of data from a range of sources (both qualitative and quantitative data).
- Presenting data in a range of formats to allow easy accessibility and understanding.
- Tracking the progress of projects and programmes using project management software; working with project stakeholders to meet deadlines and alerting the Project Manager to delays / barriers.
- Maintaining key relationships with Project Managers, particularly independent Associates and other key internal and external stakeholders including board members, diocesan staff and Bishops.
- Providing administrative support to the procurement and commissioning of NST projects. This includes (but is not limited to) the procurement of external providers.
- Identifying ways in which processes may be improved and putting forward such proposals to the relevant Project Managers to consider.
General Administrative support
- Providing ad hoc administrative support to the team as required and agreed with line manager.
- Assisting the NST administrative team with the coordination/organisation of events such as conferences, safeguarding leads days and chair network days as necessary.
- Assisting in the collation and organisation of sensitive and confidential casework related materials.
- Ensuring that there is a good quality customer service response to a range of different stakeholders including senior clergy, survivors of abuse and safeguarding professionals.
- As part of the NST being prepared to handle calls from survivors and safeguarding professionals, ensuring that such calls are responded to appropriately and recorded.
- Day-to-day management of documents, including maintaining high levels of confidentiality and version control.
The ideal candidates for this role should have;
- Highly IT literate and proficient with common applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint as well as web-based applications and ability to learn new project management and statistical software packages.
- Highly organised and able to plan ahead.
- Accurate, with an eye for detail.
- Able to analyse quantitative and qualitative data and draw out key themes.
- Able to present the data analysed using a range of presentation tools.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a range of individuals, including those who are the survivors of abuse.
- Ability to work flexibly whilst working to tight deadlines.
- Experience of project support.
- Experience of data analysis and reporting.
- Effective development and management of relationships with a range of people.
- “Can do”, problem-solving approach to work.
- Passionate about contributing to the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
- Demonstrates personal initiative.
- Understanding and empathy for the mission of the Church of England.
- Team player.
- Experience of working in a setting with either children and families or vulnerable adults, for instance a Local Authority, social care or NHS settings
- Knowledge of safeguarding
- This role will include some national travel
We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.
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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.