National Safeguarding Team Caseworker Investigator

Posted 19 days agoExpires in 1 day
London
Fixed Term Part Time
£46,771 p.a.rising to £50,292 (pro rata)

This role has been created to enhance the National Safeguarding Team capacity due to an increase in case referrals.

Take on day-to-day investigative tasks and management of cases that relate to Bishops/Deans and other high-profile people. This will include chairing Core Groups, interviewing survivors, witnesses and respondents and accurately recording this information. The reviewing of documentary evidence and the writing of investigation reports. Attend and contribute to core group meetings.

The main responsibilities for the role:

  • Working closely with the National Safeguarding Casework Manager to provide professional triage of cases that are brought to the attention of the team, following relevant safeguarding policies and practice guidance with a view to responding well within a diocesan, provincial or national context.
  • To contribute to the co-ordination of casework including attending core groups across the national safeguarding team. This could include commissioning and /or undertaking risk assessments and case reviews where appropriate.
  • To communicate sensitively with survivors of abuse ensuring that they receive a timely and professional response from the Church.
  • To ensure that robust information-sharing, case management and recording are kept up to date.
  • To respond to complaints made to the NST about safeguarding practice
  • Providing a duty response to safeguarding enquiries and referrals

The main duties and responsibilities of your post are outlined in your job description. This list is not exhaustive and is intended to reflect your main tasks and areas of work. Changes may occur over time and you will be expected to agree any reasonable changes to your job description that are commensurate with your banding and in line with the general nature of your post. You will be consulted about any changes to your job description before these are implemented.

The ideal candidates for this role should have;

Essential

Education & Qualifications:

  • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent (for example, social care or criminal justice), with current professional registration where applicable.
  • Level 3 or above training accreditation in child or adult protection with ability to demonstrate transferrable knowledge across the client groups.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Extensive senior-level experience of safeguarding of children and adults at a local and regional level including strategic development of safeguarding capabilities and practice.
  • Experience of working with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations in managing or contributing to safeguarding including the managing allegations against
  • Practitioner/manager experience of working with victims or survivors of abuse and adults with mental health issues.
  • In-depth knowledge of the statutory framework in relation to safeguarding children and adults
  • Experience of contributing to and/or leading on case review processes such as Serious Case Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews, Serious Untoward Incident Reviews or Significant Incident Learning Processes, MAPPA reviews etc
  • Experience of communications and external stakeholder management on safeguarding issues

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Understanding of operating at a senior level in the broader safeguarding field including its social and political context.
  • Strong verbal communications skills and ability to produce clear written records and reports.
  • Ability to work sensitively with survivors ,those who are subject to allegations and/or those that may pose a risk
  • Ability to manage and analyse complex and sensitive information and assess risk.
  • Demonstrable ability to be a senior member of a wider team as part of a large national institution and to work collegially with specialist and non-specialist colleagues.
  • Ability to deliver or contribute directly to the delivery of safeguarding training to safeguarding professionals as well as other stakeholders

Personal Attributes:

  • Confidence and ability to work with senior people at a national level, including senior church leaders, external safeguarding experts and other stakeholders.
  • A proven ability to develop and sustain relationships at all levels both inside and outside the Church.
  • A proven ability to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality and work sensitively with those affected by safeguarding issues.
  • In sympathy with the aims of the Church of England
  • Some understanding of how safeguarding operates within the Church of England

Circumstances:

The post-holder will be based in London. Some flexible working is required e.g. travel around the province and work at weekends. In addition there is some scope for flexible working at home subject to negotiation.

Desirable

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience of complex investigations
  • Experience of working on safeguarding issues at national as well as local/regional level.
  • Experience of designing and/or leading case review processes and identifying and disseminating lessons to be learnt
  • Detailed understanding of Church of England structures and safeguarding policies and practice guidance

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