The Diocese of Leeds wish to appoint a Safeguarding Team Leader to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Safeguarding is an integral part of the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Leeds and we believe everyone involved in church activities has a role to play as we deliver our commitment to creating a safer culture and a responsive service for all. This is a new role following a restructure of the team and the successful applicant will need to build and encourage a culture where safeguarding is positively integrated into the life of the Diocese.
Being educated to degree level or equivalent, with a relevant professional qualification, the successful applicant will need to ensure the provision of safeguarding advice and guidance to the Bishop of Leeds, his leadership team and parishes whilst reviewing and developing diocesan policy, procedures and good practice guidelines. He/she must have extensive experience of safeguarding of children and adults and will need to ensure that the Diocese is responsive to the needs of individuals involved in safeguarding issues, giving particular attention to the needs of those who have survived abuse.
To build and encourage a culture where safeguarding is positively integrated into the life of the Diocese; develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with all parishes, officers and relevant external agencies.
Ensure the provision of safeguarding advice and guidance to the Bishop of Leeds, his leadership team and the parishes.
Review and develop diocesan policy, procedures and good practice guidelines, ensuring they are up-to-date with current legislation and House of Bishops practice guidance; ensure all guidance is easily accessible in content and availability.
Ensure the Diocese is responsive to the needs of individuals involved in safeguarding issues, giving particular attention to the needs of those who have survived abuse.
Manage Safeguarding Team; create a climate and culture that stretches the performance, the potential and the ambition of individuals and the team.
Develop the use of key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure activity and progress towards our goals.
Work with the team to ensure robust electronic systems are in place to track calls, manage cases, and ensure effective training delivery, enabling reporting against KPIs.
Coordinate the development of the safeguarding strategy, ensuring that it is achievable and responsibility is shared; produce an operational plan in line with this.
Attend all core groups; support the Team in managing difficult cases.
Ensure the delivery of high quality training; regularly evaluate its impact on practice.
Have oversight of the system and procedures for DBS checks.
Coordinate progress reports to the Diocesan Secretary, Strategic Safeguarding Committee (SSC), Bishop’s Senior Team, the Board and others as required.
Prepare agendas and contribute to the work of the strategic and operational safeguarding committees.
Lead or contribute to case review processes, identifying and disseminating lessons to be learned
Development of Policy, Procedures and Good Practice Guidance
Provide pro-active support and guidance to parishes on all safeguarding matters; challenge PCCs and Parish Safeguarding Officers on their implementation of the guidance.
Quality assure advice and documentation, ensuring it is line with best practice in safeguarding, taking account of government and church legislation and policy.
Case Management and Support
Actively manage individual cases and liaise with the statutory authorities, all relevant agencies and senior diocesan colleagues.
Manage allegations, professionally, effectively and in a timely manner, providing advice as appropriate.
Give advice, information and support to victims/survivors of abuse and ensure the diocese responds well to those who have suffered abuse.
Ensure that those who pose a risk are appropriately managed; provide support for those who are managing offenders.
Undertake risk assessments, commissioning external assessments when required.
Ensure a full electronic record of each case is kept; records must be accessible, accurate and securely held with the ability to be analysed.
Work with the DSAs and the SSC to establish effective quality assurance systems for case management, the assessment of risk and the implementation and management of safeguarding agreements.
Liaise with colleagues to ensure administrative processes are up-to-date and effective; have an understanding of the system for DBS checks and provide risk assessment for blemished disclosures.
With the team:
ensure the effective delivery of the National Learning and Development Framework;
prepare an annual diocesan training plan, reviewing regularly throughout the year to ensure our training obligations for every role are fulfilled.
Stakeholder Communication and Relationship Management
Working with colleagues, develop effective relationships with the statutory authorities and engage in multi-agency working practices.
Ensure effective communication of safeguarding policy and best practice guidance through the Safeguarding pages of the diocesan website, stakeholder newsletters and other appropriate media.
Work collaboratively with the National Safeguarding Team and attend regional and national events and activities.
Skills, Experience and knowledge
The Safeguarding Team Leader should be able to provide evidence of the following:
Extensive experience of safeguarding of children and adults including experience of undertaking work at a strategic level, contributing to policy and practice development and implementation.
Practitioner/manager experience of working with victims/survivors of abuse.
Experience of working with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations in managing or contributing to safeguarding, including managing allegations against people in 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.
Experience of managing a small team of experienced professional staff and in providing supervision to staff in managing and coordinating safeguarding of children and/or adults.
Experience of developing policies and procedures and electronic systems to manage progress towards operational and strategic goals, demonstrating impact, and ensuring effective quality assurance practices.
Experience of delivering training to a variety of audiences.
Strong verbal communications skills and the ability to produce clear electronic records and reports.
Excellent analytical skills; the ability to manage and analyse complex and sensitive information.
Excellent IT skills including the ability to use the full Microsoft Office package, database software and post on websites.
The ability to work sensitively with survivors, those who are subject to allegations and/or those that may pose a risk.
Demonstrate the ability to be part of and contribute to a wider team as part of a large national institution and to work collegially with specialist and non-specialist colleagues.
Qualifications and Training
Being educated to degree level or equivalent, with a relevant professional qualification or equivalent (for example, social care, probation service or criminal justice), and current professional registration where applicable.
Be a person of integrity;
Have a working understanding of confidentiality and GDPR;
Have an openness to learning and change;
Have excellent interpersonal skills.
Disposition and Attitude
Empathy with the faith and mission of the Church of England.
The ability to work flexibility including evenings and weekends.
The ability to travel across the Diocese.
The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese currently has 462 parishes and 656 church buildings. It comprises five Episcopal Areas, each led by a bishop and an archdeacon. Uniquely in the Church of England, we have three cathedrals: Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield. Reorganisation of parishes and deaneries has begun, but this work will continue into the future.