Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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£29,366 to £31,045 pro rata per annum

The Diocese of Sheffield is looking to appoint an Assistant Safeguarding Adviser who will provide safeguarding advice and guidance to the Bishop of Sheffield and his leadership team and to the parishes, Cathedral, Diocesan Officers and volunteers.

S/he will, in liaison with others, manage safeguarding cases, provide professional advice, and develop appropriate policies and guidelines.

We seek a qualified, experienced professional who combines experience of case-management and risk assessment with approachability and a readiness to respond to enquiries from the Diocese and other agencies.

In recent years the Church of England has developed its strategic National Safeguarding Team to respond to the need to further develop safeguarding practice across the Church. The national team is responsible for developing policy and guidance; which, once approved by the House of Bishops is implemented in every diocese through the support of Safeguarding Advisers and their teams.

The post will be managed by the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and will form part of a Diocesan safeguarding team which is comprised of; Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Safeguarding Trainer and Safeguarding Administrative Officer.


  1. Work alongside the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to embed good safeguarding practice across the Diocese;
  2. Work alongside the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to provide advice and support to colleagues in churches; responding to safeguarding concerns raised about children and/or vulnerable adults;
  3. Undertake and review risk assessments of ‘those who present a risk’ wishing to attend church;
  4. Actively support parishes to ensure they understand their safeguarding responsibilities in relation to children and vulnerable adults;
  5. Deputise for the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser as required.


  1. Provide advice, guidance and support to colleagues (church, employed and laity) in response to concerns raised about children, young people or adults who may be at risk or where safeguarding concerns have been expressed;
  2. Working alongside the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, ensure appropriate safeguarding risk assessments are carried out, putting in place strategies and agreements to actively manage and evaluate any actual or potential risks identified;
  3. Support the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser by working alongside Children and Adult Services, Police, the National Offender Management Service and others, statutory and non-statutory bodies and agencies as necessary, including attending strategy meetings and case conferences, to actively manage case referrals;
  4. Ensure appropriate levels of support for alleged victims and their families, alleged perpetrators and their families, congregations or other affected parties, are put into place during periods of investigation and as appropriate thereafter;
  5. Maintain appropriate records and ensure accurate and timely management information and data is collected to enable regular reporting.


  1. Contribute to the delivery of a programme of safeguarding training to clergy and laity as needed to support the Safeguarding Trainer;
  2. Contribute to the review, evaluation and development of safeguarding training materials, as needed to support the Safeguarding Trainer


  1. Develop and maintain knowledge of national and local safeguarding policies and procedures;
  2. Engage in continuing training and professional development;
  3. Maintain appropriate professional registration as required for on-going practice.


  1. This role description provides a guide to the duties and responsibilities of the post and is not an exhaustive list. The post holder may be asked to undertake any other relevant duties appropriate to the post. The role description will be amended over time, in full consultation with the post holder, to meet the needs of the Diocese.

We seek a qualified, experienced professional who combines experience of case-management and risk assessment with approachability and a readiness to respond to enquiries from the Diocese and other agencies.

The Diocese of Sheffield was founded in 1914 and contains the whole of the city of Sheffield, the Borough of Rotherham and the Borough of Doncaster. In addition, it contains much of the Borough of Barnsley and areas of the East Riding of Yorkshire around Goole across to the edge of North Lincolnshire. Consequently, we serve almost 1.2 million people across South Yorkshire and adjoining areas.

The Diocese currently has 176 parishes (205 churches and 150 benefices). These parishes are served by 137 stipendiary clergy; around 30 self-supporting ministers and over 400 licensed Readers and other lay ministers. There are twelve deaneries and two archdeaconries in the Diocese. The Diocese contains many contrasts in terms of relative wealth and poverty with very many areas of both urban and rural deprivation. The churches vary very significantly in terms of ecclesial tradition and size.

Further information about the Diocese and the area it serves can be found on the Diocesan website at