Safeguarding Training and Volunteer Co-ordinator

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Starting salary c £20k (based on c £29k fte)

The Church of England is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.  Our diocesan Safeguarding team is the key element in delivering on this commitment.

Each parish is run by its own Parochial Church Council (PCC), and we provide advice, resources and training to support the clergy and churches in those parishes.  We are currently seeking to grow and develop this important function, with an opportunity for an experienced and motivated trainer to help shape our work in this new role.

The Safeguarding team currently comprises two full-time safeguarding professionals.  We are supplementing the team with this dedicated training post and additional administrative support. 

The post-holder will contribute directly to the delivery of safeguarding training to around 4,000 people over the next three years.  We also plan to build on the group of volunteers  brought into the programme to support delivery of some of the modules, and this post is also about co-ordinating that aspect of the programme. 

This part-time role is available an average of 24.5 hours per week (0.7 of full-time).  However, the role involves working on a flexible basis with evening and weekend working, with more contact hours during school terms times and fewer during holiday periods to reflect working patterns among the people we work with.  Accordingly, the post is offered on an ‘annualised hours’ basis, 1,274 hours per year.

The team is based at our diocesan office, located at Clifton Moor in York.  Led by Canon Peter Warry, Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive, our teams provide a range services in support of the mission and ministry of our clergy, churches, parishes and schools.  This includes education, training, property, finance, HR and communications.

Duties will include:

  • Deliver training to ordained and lay members of parishes
  • Co-ordinate the training programme, with the support of the Events Coordinator.
  • Ensure that the diocese is complaint with House of Bishops Safeguarding Training and Development Practice Guidance:
  • Liaison with the Parish Safeguarding Representatives and incumbents with regards to Safeguarding training.
  • Recruitment, training, deployment, mentoring and support to the network of volunteer trainers.
  • Quality Assurance, including observation, evaluation and feedback.

This work will involve issues of a sensitive nature.  The post-holder will therefore be expected to maintain complete confidentiality and integrity at all times. 

To be successful in the role you will combine an understanding of safeguarding issues with the ability to manage training programmes and develop and deliver training events.  You will have the interpersonal skills required to facilitate learning, and to coach and mentor people from a range of backgrounds,

You will have empathy with the Christian faith.  Given the audience for the training, you will have an understanding of the Church of England context and an appreciation of the culture in order to establish credibility and provide constructive advice to clergy and others responsible for safeguarding at a parish level.

The Process

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 19th January 2020.

We aim to contact candidates with an outcome to their application by the week commencing Friday 24th January 2020.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held in York on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks.  Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 607 churches and 125 schools in 470 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.  York Minster is our principal church.  Our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples.
We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:
  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Moving to Growth
  • Achieving sustainable finances

More about our strategy can be found here.

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for people from outside the European Economic Area to be appointed to posts in the Church of England.  The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is possible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.