Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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The Diocese of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a full time Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to deliver safeguarding provision across the Diocese through expertise, advice and training. Based in Lincoln, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) will be accountable to the Diocesan Bishop and the Diocesan Secretary for providing the leadership and supervision of our well-resourced Diocesan Safeguarding Team to promote the highest standard of safeguarding practice. The work of the team is overseen by a Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) which has an Independent Chair. The DSA is a member of the Bishop’s Staff.

The DSA’s work will include the design, implementation and improvement of robust safeguarding policies, systems and procedures across the diocese, the provision of information to the DSAP, undertaking and overseeing casework and providing advice, guidance and training in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults to parishes, clergy and Diocesan senior staff. The DSA line-manages an Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, a Case Worker, a Safeguarding Support Case Worker, a Training Co-ordinator and a Team Administrator.

This is an opportunity for a suitably experienced professional with a social work, probation, police or other relevant background to use their skills in a senior role to continue to develop and sustain a culture which ensures that children and vulnerable people are safe in our churches and that those who pose any risk are effectively managed.

General Key Duties:

  • To support the diocese in the development of its safeguarding arrangements, good practice, policy and training.
  • To manage the diocesan safeguarding team and its budget
  • To ensure that allegations of abuse are appropriately referred to the statutory authorities ensuring the provision of appropriate advice and support to survivors and victims of abuse.
  • To make sure that those that pose a risk are appropriately supported and managed.
  • To advise the diocese on all safeguarding matters ensuring that all advice is in line with the law, government guidance and national policy and guidance from the House of Bishops.
  • To work collaboratively with the National Safeguarding Team
  • To contribute as a member of the Diocesan Secretary’s team.

The DSA will have:

  • Understanding of 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;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to influence improvements to practice;
  • Demonstrable ability to be part of and contribute to 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.
  • Ability to manage effectively under pressure

As a DSA in a large voluntary organisation, the role will require a degree of mobility and flexibility, with work undertaken in locations around the Diocese and some meetings or training events taking place during evenings and weekends, for which time off in lieu would need to be taken.

The closing date for applications is: 15 November 2020

Interviews will be held remotely on Tuesday 1 December 2020

Further Information:

The diocesan offices of Edward King House are situated by the medieval Bishop’s Palace in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln. Edward King House was formerly the home of Bishop Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln between 1885 and 1910. A beautiful Grade II-listed building, a feature of Edward King House is St Hugh’s Chapel, which provides the setting for regular services.

Other benefits include:

  • Annual leave of 25 days per year plus 8 Bank Holidays
  • Up to 4 non-contractual days of holiday gifted between Christmas and New Year (when the office is closed)
  • A half-day holiday on Maundy Thursday
  • Competitive pension scheme with Royal London
  • Life insurance of three times annual salary
  • Occupational sick pay (staged) after 6 months
  • Daily Eucharist held in St Hugh’s Chapel, which is optional for all staff
  • Supported continuing professional development linked with job role and professional development
  • Weekly social gathering for staff (‘Cofftea’)

Please note that remote working is available during the COVID-19 pandemic