National Safeguarding Learning and Development Manager (Delivery Lead)

Posted 17 days agoExpires in 6 days
Home-based working
£51,883 p.a. rising to £55,788 p.a. after probation

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The Church of England is on a journey to become “safer”. The Church’s vision is to achieve a paradigm shift in which safeguarding becomes part of the DNA of the organisations that comprise it. Safeguarding learning has a crucial role to play in achieving this vision. “Safeguarding learning” is more than training people on procedures. Rather, its primary aim is to develop the culture, beliefs, understanding and relationships which are necessary for good safeguarding behaviours.

This post is based in the National Safeguarding Team which leads and supports safeguarding activity across the Church.

This is one of two National Safeguarding Learning and Development Manager posts. The two posts have core elements in common but also each has a specialist focus: one on “learning development” and one on “learning delivery” (informed by systemic practice/theory). This post has the focus on “learning delivery”.

The central role of both is to provide national leadership in respect of safeguarding learning across the Church in order to contribute to the achievement of the following outcomes:

  • healthy and safe cultures in Christian communities
  • an alignment / integration of safeguarding values with the beliefs and values of Church
  • members, so that good safeguarding behaviours flow from an internal motivation
  • positive leadership behaviours
  • responding well to victims and survivors of Church-abuse
  • the embedding of continuous self-reflexivity and formation for Church Officers in respect of safeguarding.

Interviews will take place on either Wednesday 17th March 2021 or Friday 19th March 2021.

Please note, if you would like to have an informal conversation regarding this role please contact David Worlock on 07392 081501​

The main responsibilities are:

  • The design and continuous development of a suite safeguarding learning pathways and materials relevant to the needs of the different Church bodies and roles which make up the Church.
  • The design and development to be based on latest developments in effective safeguarding practice and in respect of effective adult learning methods; specific policy and other relevant developments within the Church context, and the learning from quality assurance activity within the Church.
  • The dissemination of these pathways to local diocesan safeguarding trainers, and the training of these trainers in their delivery.
  • The direct delivery of some safeguarding learning pathways.
  • The creation and leadership of a development programme for diocesan safeguarding trainers, enabling them to practice a range of adult learning methodologies.
  • To provide advice and support to diocesan safeguarding trainers, including group reflection and development sessions.
  • The quality assurance of the work of diocesan safeguarding trainers though periodic observation and feedback.
  • Supporting diocesan safeguarding trainers in the development of quality / outcome focused methods of evaluation.
  • To commission (including procurement, contracting and review) independent trainers for specialist areas and specialist learning modules / materials from external bodies when necessary.
  • To contribute to the Church’s safeguarding quality assurance framework by developing standards for safeguarding learning and methodologies for evaluating quality and impact in terms of belief and behavioural change.
  • To involve victims and survivors of abuse in the design and delivery of safeguarding learning pathways, and to support Church Bodies to do this locally

Delivery Lead Responsibilities:

  • To lead on the delivery of the safeguarding pathways for which the National Safeguarding Team is responsible for direct delivery, including the Senior Leadership Pathway.
  • To introduce ideas, approaches and learning methods from systemic practice and theory into the design and delivery of safeguarding pathways.
  • To lead on the promotion of effective dialogical experiences and self-reflexivity in safeguarding learning.

The ideal candidate should have:



  • Able to design safeguarding learning pathways and modules which are evidence-based in terms of content and learning methods, and that can deliver desired outcomes.
  • Able to deliver and blend a range of learning methods effectively.
  • Able to lead and facilitate project groups, ensuring they deliver the outcome required.
  • Able to lead and manage complex organisational arrangements within a complex organisational setting.
  • Able to promote cultural change within an organisation.
  • Able to build effective, trusting influential relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, at all levels and including victims and survivors of abuse.
  • Able to communicate complex ideas succinctly and clearly in writing for a range of audiences.
  • Able to speak in public to large groups of people in an impactful and engaging way.
  • Able to facilitate high quality dialogical experiences within learning groups.


  • Experience of safeguarding work with children and/or adults, including the application of evidence-based practice models / theory.
  • Experience of designing safeguarding learning, using a range of methodologies.
  • Experience of delivering safeguarding learning, using a range of methodologies.
  • Experience of using systemic theory and principles in learning design and delivery.
  • Knowledge of national safeguarding legislation, statutory guidance and policy (e.g. Children Acts, Care Act, Working Together, criminal justice legislation).
  • Knowledge of latest research and developments in adult learning.
  • Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders including senior leaders.
  • Experience of engaging with children, young people and / or adults who have experienced abuse.

Personal Attributes:

  • Able to inspire the trust, confidence and commitment of others.
  • Personal authority, gravitas and confidence – able to influence and persuade at all levels and with a range of stakeholders.
  • Relational: expert in valuing and managing relationships with others as the means of delivering change. Emotionally intelligent.
  • Politically astute – understanding, and managing successfully, organisational politics.
  • Principled – strong value base and commitment to doing the right thing.
  • Brave – willing to challenge others constructively and to be self-reflexive, welcoming feedback.
  • In sympathy with the aims of the Church of England

Education / Professional qualifications:

  • Degree level or equivalent
  • Professional qualification relevant to safeguarding.
  • Postgraduate qualification in learning and development.

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