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.
Our safeguarding team is at the heart of ensuring our church communities remain places of welcome, and are safe places for everybody. We currently have an opportunity for an experienced and motivated administrator to join the team. Working flexibly as part of the wider diocesan administrative team, the purpose of the role is to provide important organisational support to our Safeguarding function.
The role principally involves maintaining office systems in support of the work of the Safeguarding Advisers, and organising and taking notes at both strategic and operational safeguarding group meetings. The role also involves processing safeguarding checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for the diocese and for parishes, advising on process and flagging issues on certificates as required.
Duties will include:
This work will involve issues of a sensitive nature. The post-holder will therefore be expected to maintain complete confidentiality and integrity at all times.
To be successful in the role, you will be a highly organised individual with experience of working in a busy office environment. You will have strong people skills, and be able to work with a high degree of professionalism, discretion and sensitivity. You will have empathy with the Christian faith, and be able to work well within the culture and structures of the Church of England.
About this Process
Only applications made through the Pathways website can be accepted. Please make sure you complete your application in full.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 2 November 2021.
We plan to hold interviews at our York office on Tuesday 9 November 2021.
About the Diocese of York
With its network of parishes covering the country, the Church of England plays an active role in national life, bringing an important Christian dimension to the nation, as well as strengthening community life. The Diocese of York covers much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York and Hull, as well as Middlesbrough and Selby, two National Parks, and the incomparable Yorkshire coast.
We are led and guided in our faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. As a diocesan family, we are renewing our commitment to our vision and goals. We are putting fresh energy into Living Christ’s Story, and delivering strategic programmes focused on our aims: to reach those we currently don’t; to grow in discipleship, influence and numbers; and to transform our finances and structures.
We employ around 70 staff, of all faiths and none. Many of our staff are based at our large office at Clifton Moor in York. Our values reflect the Christian nature of our organisation: valuing the individual worth of others; justice and equity; mutual care and concern; sensitivity to the needs of others and generosity in our efforts. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer.