Safeguarding Case Worker

Posted 23 days agoExpires in 3 days

The Diocese of Lincoln is looking to recruit a Safeguarding Caseworker to serve in the diocesan safeguarding team. Serving alongside the Diocesan safeguarding adviser and 3 other Safeguarding professional team members, this post offers an exciting opportunity to serve the diocese, its parishes and people by ensuring consistently high-quality safeguarding advice and support is available for all clergy and church officers.

This post is essential to support the casework of the Diocese of Lincoln’s Safeguarding Team.

In order for the team to maintain it’s capacity and respond in a timely manner it is essential that the applicant is proactive and can offer sound advice and judgement to those who rely on our professional safeguarding advice.

We are looking for someone with a professional background in safeguarding children and adults. You will be an experienced risk assessor who is able to provide evidence based assessments and professional safeguarding advice to clergy and church officers across Greater Lincolnshire. A specific part of this role will be working with police and probation offender managers to enable those who pose a risk, to safely practice their faith and receive support and care in a parish context.

  • To promote the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults as an essential part of the ministry and mission of the Church.
  • To work in a way that supports advocacy for those who have experienced abuse of any kind.
  • To be able to offer solid advice to those in the Church of England who are managing the complexity of ministry where those who are abuse survivors and those who have perpetrated abuse may be within the same context.
  • To be familiar with and implement Church of England safeguarding policies and procedures, through case work and provision of safeguarding advice to Parishes and the Cathedral.
  • Through casework, to promote the church’s role in safeguarding with statutory and voluntary agencies across the 3 Local Authorities in the Diocese.
  • To be proactive in ensuring parishes are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; to provide appropriate guidance and support and information to keep them abreast of developments in the field.
  • To support the DSA in advising the Diocesan Bishop, Suffragan Bishops and Archdeacons on procedures to be followed when cases of child or adult abuse arise, and ensuring the development of good safeguarding practice in the Diocese through advice, information and training.
  • The possibility to provide out of hours mobile phone cover for urgent safeguarding concerns during times negotiated with the DSA.
  • To keep records of all casework electronically, in line with the protocols and templates set by the DSA.

The ideal candidate will be a professional with a skill in thinking on their feet. They will need to be a team player and have a clear understanding of working together to promote safeguarding. They will need to be adept at following procedure and willing to embrace the challenges which they may face.

Other benefits include:

Annual leave of 25 days per annum, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata)

Up to 4 non-contractual days of holiday gifted between Christmas and New Year (when the offices are closed)

A half-day holiday on Maundy Thursday

Competitive pension scheme with Royal London

Life insurance of three times annual salary

Occupational sick pay (staged) after 6 months

Weekly Eucharist held in St Hugh’s Chapel, which is optional for all staff

Supported continuing professional development linked with job role and professional development

Employee Assistance Program (external provider) with mental health and counselling services.

Weekly social gathering for staff (‘Cofftea’)

The Diocese of Lincoln is the Church of England in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The diocese covers 2,673 square miles and has a population of 943,000. There are around 31,000 people on the Church Electoral Rolls. There are more than 220 clergy and lay workers serving 240 benefices with 514 parishes and 630 church buildings.

The diocesan central office is at Edward King House in Lincoln. There is a staff team at Edward King House that works to support the life and ministry of the diocese.

Closing Date: Midday Monday December 1, 2021

Interviews: Friday December 10, 2021