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The Church of England is committed to embedding safeguarding into every aspect of the life of the Church. The National Safeguarding Team (NST) promotes the consistency and quality of safeguarding arrangements across the whole Church, working collaboratively with dioceses, cathedrals and other church bodies to ensure that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. The Provincial Safeguarding Adviser is based within the Archbishops’ Office at Bishopthorpe Palace and is part of the National Safeguarding Team. There will be opportunities for some home-working. The post-holder provides direct support to Bishopthorpe Palace in helping them fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities and provides a key source of support to Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers in the Northern Province on behalf of the National Safeguarding Team.
This is highly complex, sensitive and demanding work requiring senior-level advice and input and extensive experience, including managing allegations against people in positions of trust. Specifically, this post will have a central role in assisting the Archbishops’ Office and National Safeguarding Team with managing cases that are deemed to require involvement at a provincial and national level and ensuring robust safeguarding arrangements are in place.
The ideal candidate should have:
- Extensive senior-level experience of safeguarding of children and adults at a local and regional level including strategic development of safeguarding capabilities and practice.
- Experience of working with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations in managing or contributing to safeguarding including the managing allegations against people in positions of trust and the management of those who may pose a risk to children or adults.
- Practitioner/manager experience of working with victims or survivors of abuse and adults with mental health issues.
- In-depth knowledge of the statutory framework in relation to safeguarding children and adults
- Experience of contributing to and/or leading on case review processes such as Serious Case Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews, Serious Untoward Incident Reviews or Significant Incident Learning Processes, MAPPA reviews etc.
- Experience of communications and external stakeholder management on safeguarding issues
- Understanding of operating at a senior level in the broader safeguarding field including its social and political context.
- Strong verbal communications skills and ability to produce clear written records and reports.
- Ability to work sensitively with survivors, those who are subject to allegations and/or those that may pose a risk
- Ability to manage and analyse complex and sensitive information and assess risk.
- Demonstrable ability to be a senior member of a wider team as part of a large national institution and to work collegially with specialist and non-specialist colleagues
- Ability to deliver or contribute directly to the delivery of safeguarding training to safeguarding professionals as well as other stakeholders
Education & Qualifications:
- Degree level or above.
- Relevant professional qualification or equivalent (for example, social care or criminal justice), with current professional registration where applicable.
- Level 3 or above training accreditation in child or adult protection with ability to demonstrate transferrable knowledge across the client groups.
- Confidence and ability to work with senior people at a national level, including senior church leaders, external safeguarding experts and other stakeholders.
- A proven ability to develop and sustain relationships at all levels both inside and outside the Church.
- A proven ability to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality and work sensitively with those affected by safeguarding issues.
- In sympathy with the aims of the Church of England
- Understanding of the how safeguarding operates within the Church of England
- The post-holder will be based at Bishopthorpe, in York and be expected to spend some time with the National Safeguarding Team at Church house, London.
- Some flexible working is required e.g. travel around the province and work at weekends. In addition there is some scope for flexible working at home subject to negotiation.
- Experience of working on safeguarding issues at national as well as local/regional level.
- Experience of designing and/or leading case review processes and identifying and disseminating lessons to be learnt
- Detailed understanding of Church of England structures and safeguarding policies and practice guidance
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