Independent Risk Assessor

Posted 26 days agoExpires in 2 days
Daily rate + reasonable expenses

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Safeguarding (Clergy Risk Assessment) Regulations 2016 stipulate that any risk assessment for a member of the clergy must be independently completed. The regulations further state that a Diocesan Bishop must select an assessor from a list held centrally within the Archbishops’ Council.

This type of assessment is used for all church officers who are ordained, licensed, authorised, commissioned, or holding permission to officiate. An independent assessment will always be carried out by a person/organisation which is independent from the Church. Independence for the purposes of this type of risk assessment means someone who has no professional association with any diocese in the Church but - professional association does not include a risk assessor’s previous completion of risk assessment.

The Independent Risk Assessor should be drawn from professionals or agencies with proven qualifications and experience in the field of risk assessment. The National Safeguarding Team maintains a list of approved assessors from which one will be selected. The Safeguarding (Clergy Risk Assessment) Regulations 2016 state that an assessor must be appointed from this list, and the bishop must be satisfied the person to be appointed is in all the circumstances of the case suitable to carry out the risk assessment.

The Church of England now seeks to appoint safeguarding consultants who are experienced and qualified Risk Assessors to this list. Whilst assessors are recruited, selected and paid for by the Church, they remain independent of the Church.

There will be no guarantee of work; risk assessors will be chosen from the ‘approved list’ when necessary and contracted for a specific risk assessment.

This is a key role within the Church of England’s drive to improve its safeguarding responses and risk management. Providing vital independent assessment and oversight, the assessors utilise their professional experience, knowledge and expertise to consider the risk of harm posed by Church Officers.

Independent Risk Assessors will conduct a detailed and thorough risk assessment on a member of the clergy, the ‘respondent’. With consideration to the civil burden of proof, the primary purpose of the assessment will be to determine if a member of the clergy can remain in or return to ministry.

Risk assessments should be thorough, well presented and articulated, and demonstrate professional expertise. They must provide a clear recommendation to the Church regarding a risk of future harm and how this may be mitigated.

To apply for a place on the list of approved independent risk assessors please submit your CV together with a recent example of a risk assessment you have completed (redacted to maintain confidentiality). Please add this risk assessment to the portfolio section of your application.

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2021.

A Basic DBS check is required for this role.

The responsibilities for the role are:

  • Meet with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser or Cathedral Safeguarding Adviser and discuss the aims of the report, the terms of reference, and identify any concerns or issues.
  • Conduct face-to-face interviews with a respondent to consider the risk posed.
  • Liaise with all relevant people and organisations to provide a professional judgement on risk, including but not limited to: The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), Diocesan Bishop, Core Group, statutory agencies or the respondent’s family.
  • Consider all relevant documents, information and interviews to determine a risk judgement.
  • Respond to any issues and concerns raised within the terms of reference document in conducting the risk assessment and preparing the resulting report.
  • Produce a high-quality report, with exceptional attention to detail and consideration to the audience understanding of professional terms and knowledge.
  • Clearly outline in the summary of the report the risks identified, the level of assessed risk, the recommendation for future practice and the risk management strategies.

The ideal candidate should have:



  • Have a thorough understanding of “risk” and be able to assess the risk of harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Competent to complete risk assessments on a range of different forms of potential abuse, for example sexual, physical, domestic, financial or emotional abuse.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ‘breach of trust’ offences, and the impact this may have on victims and survivors.
  • Thorough understanding of statutory safeguarding services (such as Police, Social Services and Probation Service) and a working knowledge of the different forms of risk assessments conducted by these agencies.
  • The ability to reach an evidence-based decision utilising the ‘civil standard’ of proof.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to produce written reports to a high standard.
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines.


  • Substantial post-qualifying experience (from a range of settings) in a relevant field, including directly writing safeguarding risk assessments.
  • Experience in undertaking risk assessments in relation to specific offences and allegations, namely: sexual violence and abuse and physical abuse and harm.
  • Experience in and thorough understanding of GDPR and confidentiality within the field of safeguarding.
  • Experiencing in managing difficult and conflict situations.
  • Experience in writing risk assessments and/or working with individuals where there is no conviction or acceptance of guilt.

Personal Attributes:

  • Proven ability to engage with and build relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to demonstrate a sound commitment to safeguarding.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice.
  • The willingness to abide by and submit work to the quality assurance process for Independent Risk Assessments.

Qualifications & Training:

  • Relevant degree or professional qualification, including but not limited to: Forensic Psychiatrist, Forensic and Clinical Psychologist.
  • Evidence of continued professional development throughout career.
  • Be a current practitioner: evidenced by writing risk assessments within the last two years.


  • Not currently employed by the Church of England.
  • Ability to travel as required to complete a satisfactory risk assessment.



  • Knowledge and understanding of the Church of England and the context in which it operates.
  • Understand the role of clergy within this.

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