Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Posted 1 month agoExpires in 8 days
27932 - 28 hours per week

In the Diocese of Blackburn we profoundly believe in the difference that the Gospel makes to people lives and so have a deep commitment to building healthy churches which can transform the communities in which they are set. We are looking for people of all backgrounds and traditions who share our passion for making a difference in the name of Jesus Christ.

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.

  • Support the Archdeacons in ensuring each parish has adopted and implemented the House of Bishops Practice Guidance.

  • Contribute to the work of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

  • To report to DSAP and other Diocesan bodies on the progress of safeguarding arrangements as required.

  • Give advice to the Bishop and other church officers as required by the DSA.

  • As part of the safeguarding team, ensure each parish has adopted and implemented the House of Bishops Practice Guidance.

Casework. The Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser should:

  • Provide a professional response to serious safeguarding situations, following House of Bishops 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

  • 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

  • .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.
  • Provide guidance and direction where there are concerns about children and young people and adults who may be a risk;

  • Respond to requests for advice, information, and guidance for individuals in the Church who are concerned about the welfare of vulnerable people (children, young people and adults whose behaviour is concerning).

  • Build understanding and knowledge of Safer Recruitment guidance and of the Disclosure and Barring Service systems and processes

  • Undertake risk assessments for blemished DBS’s.

  • Ensure, always, that appropriate records are maintained, suitable for admission in legal proceedings

  • Attending case conferences set up by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team to take advice from senior managers and officers in relation to managing complex cases.

  • Support individuals when a referral to local authority children’s and adults’ social care or the police is necessary;

  • Support parishes during a child/adult protection or safeguarding enquiry and afterwards. This may include ensuring support is provided for others in the parish who may be affected by such an enquiry, for example volunteers or other leaders;

  • Work in partnership with the statutory agencies as required by the DSA.

  • To be responsible for the risk assessment programme for offenders worshipping in parishes, conducting risk assessments, completing safeguarding agreements and reviewing as appropriate.

· Will have a relevant professional qualification or equivalent (for example, social care or criminal justice), with current professional registration where applicable.

· Have extensive experience of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, including experience of conducting safeguarding investigations in a statutory setting.

· Experience of undertaking statutory risk assessments.

· Practitioner/manager experience of working with victims or survivors of abuse, including adults with mental health issues

· Experience of working with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations in managing or contributing to safeguarding, including managing allegations against people in positions of trust and the management of those who may pose a risk.

Please see the attachments below for further details on the role and Safeguarding at Blackburn diocese.

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For further information or an informal chat regarding the role please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Sharon Hassall at

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