Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel – Independent Chair

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Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby
Fixed Term Full Time
Honorarium of £3,000

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) is the committee that oversees the work of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (DST) across the diocese. The DSAP is made up of senior staff within the Diocese and Cathedral alongside representatives from statutory and partner agencies who provide safeguarding services to the County of Derbyshire and the Unitary Authority of Derby City. The DSAP is chaired by the Independent Chair in line with the National Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church

  • To provide effective leadership to DSAP, including agreeing the agenda with the DSA, agreeing and signing off minutes/action plans, chairing the meetings and monitoring the follow-up actions.
  • To ensure the DSAP discharges it role and functions in line with the terms of reference, including through its sub-committees which are chaired by officers.
  • To ensure that there are clear safeguarding arrangements in place (and where appropriate a Service level agreement) between the diocese and those parts of the Church in the diocese with their own decision-making bodies e.g. the Cathedral and advise on any necessary action.
  • To work with the DSA and senior staff to ensure the group has a strategic overview of safeguarding practice across the diocese in line with the House of Bishops’ policy and practice guidance, together with appropriate quality assurance and risk management processes. This will include ensuring that an up to date safeguarding strategy is in place and is regularly reviewed.
  • To ensure that DSAP considers the needs and views of victims/survivors and there is a suitable professional member who is familiar with these needs and views, who can be the voice of survivor groups.
  • To ensure that DSAP considers the needs and views of children, young people and vulnerable adults in its work and that all these groups are appropriately represented on the DSAP.
  • To work with the DSA and senior staff involved in the recruitment of DSAP members and of paid staff in the Diocesan Safeguarding Team to ensure that there are adequate resources; that there is sufficient capacity and diversity of skills set and experience/background of members to provide a high-quality safeguarding service to the Diocese.
  • To advise, where necessary, the Diocesan Bishop, and/or Diocesan Secretary on specific concerns/issues relating to the DST and or the DSAP. Where appropriate to raise and report any concerns/issues as part of whistle blowing arrangements, including to the National Safeguarding Team if necessary
  • To engage in the Independent Chairs’ national and regional network meetings, as required.
  • To respond to correspondence sent to the Independent Chair, with support where appropriate from officers of the Diocese.
  • To produce with the assistance of the DSA an annual report for Bishop’s Council, Cathedral Chapter and Diocesan Synod on the work of the DSAP, advising and making recommendations on the development and effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements.
  • To ensure that the DSAP receives and discusses information and themes from Quality Assurance processes, self-assessments, lessons learnt reviews, independent audits and file audits to make recommendations for improving safeguarding arrangements as needed.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience (Indicate which are essential and which are desirable):


  • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent to degree level (for example; social work, health, teaching, law, police etc.) with current or recent experience of managing safeguarding services.
  • Recent experience in evaluating the effectiveness of safeguarding services using a variety of methods.
  • Experience of case reviews, risk management and engagement and leadership of strategic partnerships.
  • Relevant up to date training in child or adult safeguarding with the ability to demonstrate transferrable knowledge across the client groups.
  • Ability to chair meetings at Board level.
  • Up to date knowledge of multi-agency safeguarding practice and processes, legislation and current developments.
  • IT and good record keeping skills.
  • Knowledge of working with confidential materials subject to GDPR and when information should be shared.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - written, oral and presentational.
  • Ability to work with professionals from other disciplines.
  • In sympathy with the objectives, aims and ethos of the Church of England.


  • A qualification in training for child and /or vulnerable adult protection.
  • Experience in managing training services.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding within a Faith setting.

The Church of England operates through 42 dioceses, or administrative regions, each under the care of its own Diocesan Bishop. The Diocese of Derby consists of the County of Derbyshire and a small area of Staffordshire. The Church offers its ministry to all members of the community, in this case covering a population of around one million. Within the Diocese there are 250 parishes and 330 church buildings served by approximately 150 paid clergy. There are also 111 church schools within the Diocese.