Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Posted 21 days agoExpires in 3 days
Exeter, including some travel throughout Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay)
£27,000 - £28,500 depending on experience

The Diocese of Exeter is seeking to recruit someone with professional qualifications or proven professional experience in the field of safeguarding.

The Assistant Safeguarding Adviser will support the work of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser; providing advice and guidance on safeguarding matters at Parish level and to Diocesan senior staff; be responsible for case work across a range of safeguarding scenario including risk assessment and management; support and promote the development and embedding of policy and good practice across the diocese; and support the development and delivery of safeguarding training in line with the National Safeguarding Training Programme.

We are looking for someone who is able to work with professionals and volunteers alike, ensuring and embedding the highest safeguarding standards, in a way that is supportive, encouraging and transformative, to support the mission of Promoting a Safer Church.

The role purpose of the Safeguarding Assistant Adviser will be to support the work of the Safeguarding Adviser, providing additional support for case work, the development and embedding of good practice across the diocese and take a lead role in planning and delivering of safeguarding training.

In conjunction with the Safeguarding Adviser and the Director of People and Safeguarding:

  • Actively support parishes to ensure they are aware and understand their safeguarding responsibilities in relation to children, young people and vulnerable adults and support and offer advice when concerns are raised.
  • Work with Parishes and statutory agencies where individuals who may be perceived to pose a risk through past offending or other concerns, wishes to attend church to worship or become involved in church life.
  • Provide support in relation to the interpretation and implementation of diocesan safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure consistency of application and quality assurance.
  • Support the Safeguarding Adviser in advising the Bishop, Suffragan Bishops and Archdeacons on procedures to be followed in the event of an allegation of abuse or concern being made against an office holder within the diocese.
  • Support safe recruitment activity for both paid employees and volunteers and in particular advising the Bishops and their staff on the assessment of risk where Disclosure and Barring Service certificates are blemished.
  • Promote the role of the Church in safeguarding with statutory and voluntary agencies across the three local authorities.

The Assistant Adviser role requires a high degree of proficiency across the domains of:

  • Policy, process and procedure implementation
  • Professional advice and compliance
  • Sensitive case work, confidentiality and discretion
  • Risk assessments
  • Information and data management
  • Multi agency team working
  • Training development and delivery

These key aspects underpin a local emphasis on, and interpretation of the national expectations of Diocesan Safeguarding Assistant Advisers as set out in the House of Bishops [Safeguarding] policies and guidance.

The Assistant Adviser will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure certificate, with checks against the barred lists, from the Disclosure and Barring Service in connection with this role.

Some travel will be involved due to the geographical location of parishes, with occasional out of hours working at evening and weekends as necessary for the delivery of essential services and for which time off in lieu may be taken. This role is not contracted to provide an out of hours service.

The main roles and responsibilities for the Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser will include:

  • Provide advice, guidance and support to colleagues (clergy, laity and employees) in response to concerns raised about children, young people or adults who may be at risk or when safeguarding concerns have been disclosed.
  • Respond to allegations of abuse, contributing to the ‘core group’ response, liaise with the EDBF Communications and Engagement team, and work with other statutory and non-statutory bodies as appropriate.
  • Undertake work associated with offenders who wish to worship or participate in church activities in the diocese, ensuring appropriate risk assessments are carried out and written agreements put in place, managed and reviewed.
  • Conduct safeguarding risk assessments, putting in place strategies and agreements to actively manage and evaluate any actual or potential risks identified.
  • Support the delivery of a programme of safeguarding training to clergy and laity in accordance with the National Safeguarding Training Programme and Diocesan Safeguarding Training strategy.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of national and local safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Review and develop safeguarding policies, processes and procedures.
  • Promote good relationships and communications with Local Authorities, Statutory bodies, clergy, laity, parochial officers, and key personnel in external agencies.
  • Maintain and enhance collaborative working within the People and Safeguarding team and with parish officers and safeguarding representatives across the diocese.
  • Work with the Safeguarding Adviser to ensure accurate and timely management information and data is collected to enable regular reporting.
  • Maintain electronic records, keep accurate notes and correspondence and place on file as appropriate.
  • Ensure all Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Own safeguarding training to level C4, plus Domestic Abuse awareness training and Risk Management training.
  • Keep up to date with Safeguarding Training for Senior Leaders.
  • Role model inclusive behaviours in day to day working practices.
  • Work in accordance with diocesan policies of equal opportunity.

Please see the attached job description for further roles and responsibilities for the role of Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate that they hold the following specifications:

  • Professional qualification relevant to safeguarding, e.g. social care, healthcare, police, education or probation service.
  • Significant experience of having worked in a safeguarding environment with responsibility for casework and risk assessments, ability to develop and implement risk mitigation strategies or similar interventions.
  • Experience of providing advice and guidance to a range of professional and non-professional partners and stakeholders.
  • In depth knowledge of the regulatory framework relating to safeguarding and the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Able to identify and apply appropriate interventions and support.
  • Able to exercise sound judgement and decision making.
  • Able to challenge constructively to help steer culture and organizational change.
  • Understand the safeguarding structures within the Church of England or similar organisations or contexts.
  • Proven training and presentation skills
  • Good IT skills including proficient use of Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.
  • Sensitive to the different cultures, traditions and activities within the Church, and work in a way which is consistent with the Five Guiding Principles in the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests; maintain a consistent approach to clergy and non-clergy matters.
  • Understand how the belief systems which shape the life of the Church may affect safeguarding work in Church of England.
  • Strong commitment to safeguarding.
  • Committed to and confident in the aims and ethos of the Diocese of Exeter and of the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • A full driving licence and use of a car for work related travel across Devon and nationally.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends on an occasional basis as necessary to deliver essential services.

Please see the attached job description for further required specifications.

The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth. We are a family of Christians, worshipping God in many different settings and groups. We are led by the Bishop of Exeter, and governed by Diocesan Synod which is made up of representatives from across the Diocese.

The central office is the Old Deanery, Exeter, where there is a team of around 50 Diocesan staff whose work is arranged to focus on a number of the goals of the Diocesan vision and strategy, ‘Grow in Prayer, Make new Disciples and Serve the People of Devon with Joy’. These staff work in the following teams: Education, Mission & Ministry, Church & Society, Communications, Property & Church Buildings, Finance, Safeguarding, Vocations, Synod Office, Archdeacons Secretaries, Counselling & Pastoral Care Service and our exciting new Growing the Rural Church Project.

To arrange an informal discussion about this role please contact us by email by phone: 01392 294959

Please note the following dates:

Closing Date: 26 September 2020

Shortlisting Date: 30 September 2020

Interview Date: 7 October 2020

Please note the interview will be taking place via Zoom - the online conferencing tool.