Provincial Safeguarding Adviser (Maternity cover)

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York
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£46,771 p.a. rising to £50,291 p.a. after probation (pro rata)

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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.

Assist the Archbishop office and National Safeguarding Team to:

  • Provide professional safeguarding advice and support to the Archbishops’ Office.
  • Take on strategic oversight and day-to-day professional assessment and management of cases that relate to Bishops and other high profile people within the province of York. This includes professional triage and assessment of risk, co-ordination of response and case management (where appropriate), referring to diocesan safeguarding caseworkers and advisers as appropriate
  • To commission or undertake and /or support case reviews where appropriate.
  • To work closely with the National Safeguarding Casework Manager to ensure sufficient resilience within regards to complex casework.
  • To ensure that robust safeguarding arrangements are in place at Bishopthorpe.

The main responsibilities:

  • To provide professional safeguarding advice and support to the office of the Archbishop of York (Bishopthorpe) with regards to matters of a provincial nature.
  • Working closely with the National Safeguarding Casework Manager to provide professional triage of cases that are brought to the attention of the team, following relevant safeguarding policies and practice guidance with a view to responding well within a diocesan, provincial or national context.
  • To contribute to the co-ordination of casework including chairing core groups across the Archbishop’s Office and the national safeguarding team. This could include commissioning and /or undertaking risk assessments and case reviews where appropriate.
  • To supervise the Palace Safeguarding Officer (temporary position) who is responsible for the triage of safeguarding matters received by Bishopthorpe Palace and matters arising from PCR2.
  • To communicate sensitively with survivors of abuse ensuring that they receive a timely and professional response from the Church, including to support national work to engage survivor groups and the develop a better responses to survivors of abuse.
  • To oversee robust information-sharing, case management and recording systems at Bishopthorpe in line with national policy
  • To advise the Archbishop, the National Safeguarding Team and senior staff on strategic and policy implications arising from provincial safeguarding casework, including advising where required on implementation.
  • To support the national training officer in delivery of safeguarding training involving the Archbishops’ office and their provincial staff, and in the induction and training Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers.
  • To contribute to regular reports to the Archbishops Office and national safeguarding team and other key stakeholders with regards to type and nature of cases being managed at a provincial and national level.
  • To contribute to ensuring that national policy and practice guidance is implemented at Bishopthorpe and across the province.
  • To undertake and contribute to the further development of safeguarding audits and quality assurance processes at Bishopthorpe and across the province
  • To respond to complaints made to the Archbishops’ Office about safeguarding practice within their respective provinces and to advise the Archbishop on appropriate courses of action to be taken as a result of the complaint.
  • Work with the National Safeguarding Adviser and Safeguarding Policy Manager to support the Archbishop and wider Church of England’s engagement and response to the statutory inquiry into child sexual abuse in public institutions.
  • Working with the team at Bishopthorpe, lead the response and action plan following the SCIE audit of Bishopthorpe Palace.
  • Attend meetings at Bishopthorpe Palace and Church House, London as required.

The ideal candidate should have:

Essential

Knowledge/Experience:

  • 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

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • 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.

Personal Attributes:

  • 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

Circumstances:

  • 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.

Desirable

Knowledge/Experience:

  • 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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