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The Church of England has had, over many decades, a very poor track record in respect of the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. It has made some important improvements over recent years, but there is still much to do on the change journey to become a safer Church. Some of the key issues and challenges concerning the Church’s relationship with safeguarding were highlighted in the investigation report published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in October 2020. The Church has accepted the recommendations of that report.
Making change happen in the Church of England is not straightforward. It is not a single organisation with traditional lines of management. Rather, it is a collection of many different and separate Church bodies, many of which are registered charities in their own right.
There is, however, a series of developments underway across the Church which, if delivered, will make a difference to the quality and effectiveness of safeguarding work. They will help to both prevent abuse from taking place, but also enable the Church to respond better to victims and survivors of abuse when it does happen.
Above all, the aim is for safeguarding to be part of the DNA of the Church; “safeguarding” becomes what the Church does, at the heart of its mission, rather than a bolted-on requirement.
Interviews and assessments will take place on either Thursday 3rd June 2021 or Monday 7th June 2021.
This role will be responsible for the development, management and implementation of a collection of inter-related projects. These projects comprise the implementation of two of the recommendations in the IICSA Report and other related developments which the Church has been planning.
In Phase One, this programme of projects will be introduced with a group of “pathfinder” dioceses and cathedrals. Following evaluation and adjustment, Phase Two will be rolled out across the Church.
The five projects which make up this role are:
This is a major structural change in which the role of “Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser” changes to a new one of “Diocesan Safeguarding Officer” with greater autonomy. Supervision arrangements also change from being arranged locally to being directly supervised and quality assured by the National Safeguarding Team.
This is the second major, and related, structural change. In this pilot Regional Safeguarding Leads (RSLs) will be appointed to work with small groups of dioceses and cathedrals. The RSLs will supervise the dioceses’ / cathedrals’ safeguarding advisers but will also lead cross-diocese developments such as survivor engagement, sharing of expertise and good practice, joint commissioning of resources, peer review.
This involves the design and implementation of independent external auditing of the Church’s safeguarding practices.
The Church has a draft quality assurance framework. This now needs to be introduced into use in the pathfinder dioceses and cathedrals so that it can be further developed in readiness for implementation across the Church.
The 42 dioceses and 42 cathedrals are responsible for the funding of their safeguarding arrangements (which include, for example, investigation of allegations, responding to survivors, training, quality assurance). The level of funding varies considerably between dioceses / cathedrals. One reason for this is the lack of a consistent methodology to assess both local need and the resources needed to achieve a good standard of safeguarding.
The main responsibilities for this role are:
The ideal candidate for this role should have:
Skills and Aptitudes
Knowledge / Experience
Significant experience in complex programme and project manager roles, including:
Education / Professional qualifications
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