The Church of England (CofE) is on an important journey to becoming a safer Church. This is a major priority for the Church. There is a high level of commitment to preventing all forms of abuse and harm to children and adults. Equally, when harm and abuse have occurred within the Church, there is a determination to respond well to survivors. The journey to become a safer Church comprises many different work streams and initiatives: in parishes, dioceses, cathedrals, theological institutions, religious communities and central church institutions. One important work stream is the development and implementation of the safeguarding policy to be followed by Church officers (clerical and non-clerical) throughout the Church’s different bodies. Policy development is one of the functions of the Church’s National Safeguarding Team (NST).
The NST is responsible for supporting the Church in achieving its goal of becoming safer for children and adults. This post will have lead responsibility for the development (and revision) of national safeguarding policy, for planning its implementation and for leading work for the NST with other national Church departments in relation to safeguarding policy.
The postholder is responsible for ensuring that the policy is based on latest relevant academic research, national legislation and canon law. The post has a special area of responsibility: the development of the Church’s strategic policies in respect of survivors of all forms of abuse e.g. Redress; to this end, co-production with survivors of clergy and Church-related abuse will be required. The Church has committed to working through the mechanisms of the CofE Survivor Reference Group (SRG) as much as possible. In addition, the post will manage relationships with other survivors’ groups and individual survivors in respect of strategic issues. The role will draw on the lessons and experience of historical abuse as well as current challenges. It will also involve project managing the implementation of some elements of the policies.
If you would like to have an informal conversation regarding the role please contact David Worlock- Deputy Director Development on 07392 081501.
Interviews and assessments will take place 12th June 2020
The main responsibilities are;
Leading policy development and implementation
To lead, manage and review effective processes for the development and implementation of a range of national safeguarding polices, including the development of project plans for policy development based on sound project management principles.
To work collaboratively: Engagement of all relevant stakeholders in the policy development process, including survivors, relevant lead bishops / Church working groups, DSAs / Cathedral Safeguarding Leads, including the establishment of stakeholder project groups.
Engagement with technical experts relevant to the particular policy field e.g. academic, legal, HR, data protection and researching the evidence-base for the policy area, and ensuring consistency with national and canon law, and policy.
Leading the development and implementation of the Church’s strategic policies in respect of survivors of church-based abuse.
Responsibility for fostering and enabling the relationship between the NST and the Survivor Reference Group, and other survivors’ groups and individual survivors, in respect of strategic issues and developments.
Proactively developing a range of methods for the strategic engagement and involvement of a wide range of survivors, including the implementation of mechanisms detailed in the Survivor Reference Group’s Terms of Reference.
Development and support for the implementation of action plans arising from policy development in this area.
Development of wide subject knowledge of this area in the Church through analysis of research evidence and historic cases, and collaboration with other denominations and faith organisations.
Please see attached job description for full details of main responsibilities
The ideal candidate should have;
Able to work collaboratively with internal and external partners.
Able to lead and manage complex projects through all stages.
Able to develop project plans based on sound project management principles.
Able to lead and facilitate project groups, ensuring they deliver the outcome required.
Able to build effective, trusting influential relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, at all levels.
Able to communicate complex ideas succinctly and clearly in writing for a range of audiences.
Ability to analyse and summarise large amounts of complex written information from a range of sources and turn into meaningful policy.
Able to speak in public to large groups of people in an impactful and engaging way.
Ability to communicate with survivors and people of all backgrounds effectively both in written form and verbally
Experience of safeguarding of children and/or adults and policy and guidance development in the safeguarding sector.
Experience of producing clear, effective policy and guidance for a range of audiences.
Knowledge of national safeguarding legislation, statutory guidance and policy (e.g. Children Acts, Care Act, Working Together, criminal justice legislation) both current and historical as relevant to non-recent abuse.
Knowledge of latest research and practice developments in the safeguarding field.
Experience of working across departments and organisations to support strategic policy development, delivering projects that have measurable impacts
Experience of analysis and effective communication of safeguarding recommendations and findings.
Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders including senior officials.
Experience of engaging with children, young people and adults at risk.
Experience of working with survivors of abuse.
Able to inspire the trust, confidence and commitment of others.
Personal authority, gravitas and confidence – able to influence and persuade at all levels and with a range of stakeholders.
Relational: expert in valuing and managing relationships with others as the means of delivering change. Emotionally intelligent.
Politically astute– understanding, and managing successfully, organisational politics.
Principled– strong value base and commitment to doing the right thing.
Brave– willing to challenge others constructively and to be self-reflexive, welcoming feedback.
In sympathy with the aims of the Church of England
Degree level or equivalent
The job is based at Church House, Westminster. There will be some flexibility to work at home. The post holder must be willing to occasionally be away from home overnight, including some weekends.
Experience of safeguarding quality assurance and inspection processes.
Knowledge of how safeguarding operates in the Church of England
Understanding of Church of England national structures and polices.
Experience of co-production with adults with lived experience.
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