Human Resources Business Partner- Safeguarding

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Fixed Term Part Time
£36,781 rising to £40,250 after probation (pro rated part time hours)

The Church of England is in the process of embedding Safeguarding into every aspect of its culture and practices. The National Safeguarding Team (NST) aims to support the consistency and quality of safeguarding arrangements, growing positive safeguarding organisational cultures and ensuring best practice in records’ management, safer recruitment practices; and across the breadth of employment and volunteer relationships throughout the whole church.

We are seeking to expand the NST to include an HR professional with an interest in safeguarding to support the development and implementation of safer recruitment and employment / management practices. This includes the development, dissemination and support to implement of relevant HR policies and guidance to assist the Church in improving safer working and employment practices.

The main responsibilities are;


  • To work for the National Safeguarding Team on enquiries relating to safer recruitment and employment matters and other safeguarding-related HR issues. This might include for example safer recruitment and employment arrangements, competence, disciplinary, training and training records, HR files, induction, supervision, support, managing volunteers (largely) other HR-related policies and guidance.
  • Developing, disseminating and reviewing safer recruitment guidance, working collaboratively with dioceses, cathedrals and other church bodies on behalf of the House of Bishops and supporting its implementation across the dioceses and NCIs.
  • Advising the National Safeguarding Team (NST) on HR legislation and policy as it affects safeguarding activities and developing HR-related policies and guidance where necessary.


  • Providing advice to HR Directors in dioceses and cathedrals in respect of queries concerning safeguarding recruitment and employment guidance and policy.
  • Acting as the central point of contact in respect of the NST’s preferred supplier of electronic Disclosure & Barring checks, consulting with dioceses, cathedrals and other church bodies on their experience of DBS checks and attending national meetings with the Disclosure & Barring Service when required.
  • Assisting the development and operation of a national Safeguarding Complaints policy and process regarding national staff and the development of whistleblowing processes for the Safeguarding Team.
  • Supporting the NST by leading on the co-ordination and management of the Associate Network (the Associate Network comprises independent contractors commissioned to undertake specific projects).is
  • Supporting the NST’s understanding and development of HR-related safeguarding expertise
  • Supporting the NCIs’ development of HR-related policies in terms of how they address safeguarding issues.
  • Developing systems and processes for monitoring the effectiveness of implementation of safe recruitment and employment policies and practices across the whole church.
  • Being part of the wider NCI HR team and providing input where required on relevant workstreams
  • Attending relevant meetings on Safeguarding and HR matters in order to offer this advice and update on current and future activities.

The ideal candidate should have;


Skills/Aptitudes & Education:

  • CIPD qualified
  • Interest in safeguarding as it affects positive safeguarding cultures, safer recruitment and employment and volunteer practices
  • Ability to communicate effectively - speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques and produce high quality written and oral briefings
  • Enjoys working in partnership with others and developing ideas with them and is able to build trust.
  • Confidence to build rapport with senior people and to challenge them in a supportive, yet stimulating way.
  • A relationship builder with a flexible approach to working with others and to sharing resources, information and learnings.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload and work to deadlines and standards.


  • Extensive professional experience in Human Resources and managing change.
  • Experience of supporting senior people in complex and challenging roles.
  • Experience of drafting, dissemination and training in respect of policy and guidance documents.

Personal Attributes:

  • High levels of discretion and an ability to work on confidential matters
  • Behave ethically, understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organisation.
  • Personal resilience and high level of self-awareness.
  • Possessing excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to relate effectively to varied situations and organisations; able to think laterally and creatively.
  • A positive team member who contributes, supports and leads as the situation requires, in order to maximise the effectiveness of the team’s work.


  • Based in the National Safeguarding Team and HR team in Church House, but able to travel to the office of the Lead Safeguarding Bishop, Archbishops’ offices in York and attend meetings in London or dioceses as required.


  • Level 3 or above training[1] or equivalent in child or adult protection with ability to demonstrate transferrable knowledge across the client groups.
  • Experience of managing people.
  • Experience of supporting, or managing directly, volunteer workforces and understanding the challenges that this poses.

[1]Level 4: Named professionals with at least 3 years’ experience who can give advice to others.

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.