Safeguarding Administrator

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Fixed Term Part Time
Starting salary c £12.5k (based on c £21k 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 administrator 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 purpose of the Safeguarding Administrator role is to provide important administrative support to the team.  This will involve maintaining office systems in support of the work of the Safeguarding Advisers, as well as enabling and taking notes at both strategic and operational safeguarding group meetings.  

The post is available 21 hours per week, spread across five days per week to enable our operations, but with some flexibility on working hours to meet the needs of the post-holder.  An appointment will be made on the basis of a two-year, fixed-term contract, pending a future review of how this support is provided.

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:

  • Set up and maintain office systems for the Safeguarding team.
  • Assist in managing diaries for the Safeguarding team.
  • Assist in making logistical arrangements for meetings and similar.
  • Prepare and circulate papers before and after safeguarding meetings.
  • Take minutes at safeguarding meetings.
  • Act as a point of contact for anyone with safeguarding issues

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 be a highly organised individual with experience of working in a busy office environment.  You will have strong people skills, and be able to work with a high degree of professionalism, discretion and sensitivity. You will have empathy with the Christian faith, and be able to work well within the culture and structures of the Church of England.

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 Friday 24th January 2020.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held in York on Tuesday 28th 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.