Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington
Employee
£33708 - £36055

We seek to appoint a full-time Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser reporting to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

The post is based at Church House, Daresbury, with some travel around the Diocese.

Salary: £33,708 - £36,055 dependent upon qualifications and experience.

The job description, person specification, background paper and application form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website: https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/other-vacancies/

Applications should be made using the diocesan application form found using the above link.

Completed application forms should be returned to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington, WA4 4GE or liz.geddes@chester.anglican.org

Closing date: Friday 7th May 2021

Interviews: Wednesday 19th May 2021.

Applications are invited for this newly created post to act under the direction of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to strengthen the existing Safeguarding Team working towards the delivery of a safeguarding service that reflects best practice. They will support the diocese in the implementation of House of Bishops Policies and Procedures, providing appropriate support to parishes in responding to safeguarding queries.

The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that that offenders returning to the community to worship are appropriately supported and managed, including carrying out risk assessments in conjunction with police/probation service where required, and establishing robust Safeguarding Agreements.

Principal Duties and responsibilities include:

1. Delivery of policy, procedures and good practice guidelines

  • Monitor and remain up to date with the development of government policy, Church of England policy and good practice and maintaining continuing professional development and professional registration where appropriate.
  • Maintain knowledge of how local arrangements for safeguarding agencies are structured in relation to providing safeguarding services and how they receive referrals.
  • As part of the safeguarding team, ensure each parish has adopted and implemented the House of Bishops Practice Guidance.
  • Provide advice and guidance to parishes in relation to routine safeguarding queries.
  • Give advice and guidance to the bishop and other church officers on safeguarding matters, as required by the DSA.
  • To report to DSAP and other diocesan bodies on the progress of safeguarding arrangements as required;
  • Contribute to the work of the diocesan safeguarding advisory panel (DSAP);

2. Training

  • To undertake responsibility for the planning, strategy and delivery of safeguarding training with the support of the Diocesan Safeguarding Training Officer to deliver the Church of England Pathway Safeguarding modules to all eligible Church Officers.
  • To manage the Diocesan Safeguarding training Officer and oversee his workload, ensuring that training delivery targets are met.
  • With the support of the Diocesan Safeguarding Training Officer, evaluate, review and monitor the effectiveness of the training programmes delivered across the diocese. To keep the DSA advised of these outcomes and assist the DSA and DSAP in the development of the training strategy

3. Casework.

  • To be responsible for the risk assessment programme for offenders worshipping in parishes, conducting risk assessments and reviewing as appropriate.
  • To take responsibility for case work delegated by the DSA, ensuring all work is recorded in line with the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policy and guidance and to assist the DSA with more complex cases;
  • Offer the diocese’s professional safeguarding response to safeguarding concerns or allegations against church officers in line with the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policy and guidance, as required by the DSA;
  • Work co-operatively with the police, local authorities and other bodies in cases in which it is suspected that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has suffered abuse or is at risk of suffering abuse.
  • Provide guidance and support in response to concerns raised about children young people or adults who may be at risk where safeguarding concerns have been expressed.
  • Ensure appropriate safeguarding risk assessments are carried out, putting into place strategies and agreements to actively manage and evaluate any actual or potential risks identified, in consultation with the DSA.
  • Respond to serious situations following HoB Practice Guidance 2017 - responding to assessing and managing safeguarding concerns or allegations against Church Officers. Contributing to the process and to the drawing up and regular review of agreements for those known to be a risk to children and / or adults.
  • Ensure appropriate levels of support are put into place for alleged victims/survivors and their families, alleged perpetrators and their families, congregations or others who are affected.
  • Ensure at all times that appropriate records are maintained, suitable for potential admission in legal proceedings.

4. Safer recruitment

  • Build understanding and knowledge of Safer Recruitment guidance and of the Disclosure and Barring Service systems and processes
  • Undertake a risk assessment process for those where DBS checks are blemished.

5. Cathedral

The person appointed will also have some delegated responsibility for providing safeguarding advice and guidance to the dean and cathedral safeguarding officer in line with House of Bishops’ Practice Guidance and the Memorandum of Understanding currently in place between the cathedral and diocese. The Asst DSA will be required to keep the DSA briefed on such matters that arise and any involvement.

Please note: this list is not exhaustive and the post-holder will be required to undertake duties commensurate with the role.

Date: April 2021

Note – this job description does not form part of your Contract of Employment.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or above and hold a relevant professional qualification or equivalent (for example, social care or criminal justice), with current professional registration where applicable, as well as demonstrating extensive experience.

The work of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is operated from within Church House and is located at Daresbury Park, Warrington.

The DBF is the body which oversees the central financial and administrative work of the Diocese of Chester, provides support, teaching and trained personnel to advance the mission and ministry of the parishes within the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and the mission and ministries of the bishops of the Diocese.

The DBF is part of the Church of England, the established Church of the land, which proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God in an open way to all people, of all races, cultures and backgrounds.

For many posts within the Diocese those who are not members of the Church of England are welcome to apply. We respect their right to express different religious and philosophical opinions but require them, as employees of the Diocese, to respect our ethos as an Anglican Christian organisation and not to undermine it. These posts will require the post-holders to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.

Some posts may include an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010. Where this applies the recruitment documentation will state this.

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website www.chester.anglican.org We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The diocesan bishop is Mark Tanner. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead and the of Bishop of Stockport (both positions are currently vacant).

The diocesan bishop designate is Mark Tanner. The diocesan bishop of Chester is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair and the position of Bishop of Stockport is currently vacant.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.