As the Church of England’s public profile on safeguarding and safeguarding policy workload increases at national level, the Church has decided to implement a new leadership structure for the National Safeguarding Team. This includes the creation of a Deputy Director role to lead on Casework and Strategy.
A Basic DBS will be required
The postholder will be responsible for taking the lead on national casework, support for provincial casework and complex diocesan casework, coordinating the Church’s overall engagement with non-recent casework, including learning lessons reviews and past cases reviews as agreed with the Director of Safeguarding. As a key member of the National Safeguarding Team (NST) Senior Leadership team, the postholder will need to be capable of acting as a senior leader and supporting the National Director to promote active engagement in the Church’s safeguarding work. The postholder needs to be a sound team player and a competent communicator.
The ideal candidate must have;
- Understanding of the broader safeguarding field including its social and political context.
- Strong verbal communications skills and ability to produce clear written records and reports.
- Ability to work sensitively with survivors, including those who are subject to allegations and/or those that may pose a risk.
- Ability to manage and analyse complex and sensitive information and assess risk.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to influence improvements to practice.
- Demonstrable ability to be part of and contribute to a wider team as part of a large national institution and to work collaboratively with specialist and non-specialist colleagues.
- Ability to deliver or contribute directly to the delivery of safeguarding training to safeguarding professionals as well as other stakeholders.
- Leading by example, demonstrating enthusiastic commitment to the ministry, mission and priorities of the Church of England, and the common purpose of the NCIs.
- Possessing a high level of personal integrity, credibility and a natural authority, a person who engages and commands the confidence and respect of others quickly.
- Extensive senior level experience of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults at a local and regional level.
- Experience of undertaking work at a strategic level of contributing to policy and practice development and implementation.
- Proven experience of managing and leading a team of people to deliver effective safeguarding of children and/or vulnerable adults, including proven ability to manage and lead a team, manage budgets and ensure effective collaboration with peers.
- In-depth knowledge of the statutory framework in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
- Practitioner/manager experience of working with victims or survivors of abuse, including adults with mental health issues.
- Experience of working with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations in managing or contributing to safeguarding, including managing allegations against people in senior positions of trust and the management of those who may pose a risk.
- Experience of communications and external stakeholder management on safeguarding issues with policy-makers, media and other external stakeholders at local and/or national level in a context of public scrutiny.
- Experience of designing, leading and/or contributing to case review processes and identifying and disseminating lessons to be learnt e.g. Serious Case Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews, Serious Untoward Incident Reviews or Significant Incident Learning Processes, MAPPA reviews etc.
- Senior practitioner/manager experience of working with victims or survivors of abuse.
- Confidence to work with senior people at a national level, including senior church leaders, external safeguarding experts and other stakeholders.
- A proven ability to develop and sustain relationships at all levels both inside and outside the Church.
- A proven ability to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality and work sensitively with those affected by safeguarding issues.
- In sympathy with the aims of the Church of England.
- An understanding of the how safeguarding operates within the Church of England. Personal resilience to be able to work effectively in a highly pressurised environment under considerable scrutiny.
- Strong personal commitment to equalities and diversity in employment and service delivery, with a caring and respectful attitude to staff.
- A positive team member who contributes, supports and leads as the situation requires, in order to maximise the effectiveness of the team’s work.
- Relevant professional qualification or equivalent degree level qualification. This is likely to be in social work but suitable applicants qualified in health, teaching, law enforcement and criminal justice will be considered.
- Extensive experience in leadership or management and / or a qualification in leadership / management is highly desirable.
- The equivalent of level 4 or above training accreditation in child or adult protection with ability to demonstrate transferrable knowledge across the client groups.
- Experience of working on safeguarding issues at national as well as local/regional level.
- Detailed understanding of Church of England structures and safeguarding policies and practice guidance.
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