Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Part Time: Mon - Thurs)

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£31,403 (pro rata of £39,254)

The Diocese of Salisbury is seeking an experienced safeguarding professional to join our safeguarding team to provide support, guidance and advice on safeguarding matters.

Within our own Diocese, individually and corporately, we strive to maintain the highest standards of care for all God’s children, especially for the young and those who are vulnerable.  The role of Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is therefore a particularly significant post.

Ideally, you will have a background in social work, criminal justice or safeguarding in the charitable sector, and be able to demonstrate in-depth experience of dealing with victims and survivors. 

Working across the Diocese including the Channel Islands (subject to formal approval) and as part of our dedicated safeguarding team, you will ensure that the highest standards of safeguarding for children, and adults who may be at risk from abuse, are maintained throughout the Diocese.

If you think you have the experience, knowledge, skills and commitment being sought, we look forward to hearing from you.

Working as part of the safeguarding team, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) will be one of two DSAs supporting the Diocese in safeguarding matters and helping the Church work to the highest safeguarding standards.

The department seeks to provide the highest level of support, guidance, advice and resources for the safeguarding of children and adults who may be at risk of abuse. The DSAs work collaboratively with colleagues from across the Diocese including the Cathedral and the Bishop’s Office, as well as other external agencies. In addition, the responsibilities for safeguarding on the Channel Islands will form part of the team’s remit from October 2020, and we are currently arranging for that transition to be ready by that date.

Key purpose: Working in partnership and collaboratively with the other Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to ensure that best practice safeguarding children, and adults who may be at risk, is observed throughout the Diocese.

Key roles:

  • A: Undertake safeguarding casework on behalf of the Diocese;
  • B: Ensure policies, procedures and guidelines are continually reviewed, updated, fully communicated and implemented;
  • C: Advise and support the Bishop, lay staff, clergy and parishes in safeguarding issues and cases;
  • D: Promote awareness of safeguarding issues with children and vulnerable adults;
  • E: Ensure effective administration and record keeping of casework and meetings.

Please see the role description for further details in the accompanying application pack.

Please see the Person Specification in the accompanying application pack.

The Diocese covers a large geographical area including most of Wiltshire, Dorset, three parishes in Hampshire and one parish in Devon.  Much of this context is rural, whilst a significant part of our population lives in market towns and part of the coastal conurbation of Poole and North Bournemouth. As of June 2020, we have 132 Benefices and 436 parishes. There are 148 new worshipping communities. The Channel Islands too, will also be joining the Diocese shortly.

The safeguarding team serve the whole Diocese operating out of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) based at Church House in Salisbury. The purpose of the DBF is to provide high quality, efficient and cost effective services to parishes and local communities across the Diocese.