Our Safeguarding team is the key element in delivering on this commitment. Each parish is run by its own Parochial Church Council (PCC), and we provide advice, resources and training in support of the mission and ministry of the clergy and churches in the parishes. We are currently seeking to grow and develop this important function, with an opportunity for an experienced and motivated professional to help shape our work in this new role.
The Diocese of Blackburn takes in much of Lancashire, which includes the Fylde coast. We are led and guided in our faith and work by the Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson.
Our vision contained in vision 2026 is to be healthy churches, transforming communities. We are working to achieve this by making disciples of Jesus Christ, being witnesses to Jesus Christ, growing leaders for Jesus Christ and inspiring children and young people to raise up a generation for Christ.
Deliver training to ordained and lay members of parishes and affiliated organisations in venues across the diocese.
Co- ordinate the training programme, as directed by the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
Ensure that the diocese is complaint with House of Bishops Safeguarding Training and Development Practice Guidance
Good coaching skills and the ability to mentor volunteers
Ability to work with quality assurance processes
High level of professionalism, and able to demonstrate discretion in dealing with sensitive issues and confidential matters
Developing induction documentation and guidance
Undertaking an annual training needs analysis to inform service delivery
Developing training plans demonstrating role specific safeguarding training
Working with parishes to promote an understanding of the training framework and ensuring everyone is trained to the correct level.
Provide guidance for those with queries arising from the training programme
Recruitment, training, mentoring and support to the network of volunteer trainers
Strong track record in developing and delivering high quality and engaging training.
Demonstrable understanding of safeguarding children and/or vulnerable adults.
Knowledge of safeguarding legislation and guidance in the UK. Good coaching skills and the ability to mentor volunteers.
Ability to work with quality assurance processes.
High level of professionalism, and able to demonstrate discretion in dealing with sensitive issues and confidential matters.
Safeguarding at the Diocese of Blackburn
The Church of England is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. In seeking to be open and welcoming, we recognise that within congregations a wide range of individuals may include those who have been victims of abuse, or indeed those who have perpetrated abuse against others. We work hard to ensure that our churches are places of welcome - as well as places which are safe, including for children and vulnerable adults.
For full terms and conditions including benefits please see the attached job description.
For an informal chat about the role please contact Sharon Hassall, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview date Thursday 14 October at Clayton House, Blackburn
A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this role
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