Safeguarding Training and Volunteer Co-ordinator

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Salary: £25,034 - £27,122 pro rata dependent upon qualifications and experience. The actual salary for working 20 hours will be £14,305 - £15,498

The Diocese of Chester is seeking to recruit a part time Safeguarding Training and Volunteer Co-ordinator to support the delivery of safeguarding training.

Candidates will need to hold a safeguarding qualification and the ability to deal with confidential information with complete discretion.

Salary: £25,034 - £27,122 pro rata dependent upon qualifications and experience. This post is offered for an initial, fixed term period of 12 months, with the possibility of being extended to 2 years.

Sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England is essential.

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

The job description, person specification, background paper and application form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be made via the Diocesan website using the diocesan application form, not through Pathways.

Completed application forms should be returned to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources preferably by email to
Or by post to Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington, WA4 4GE.

Closing date: Sunday 6th February 2022
Interviews: Monday 14th February 2022

Job Title: Safeguarding Training and Volunteer Co-ordinator
Reports to: Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA)
Salary Range: £25,034 - £27,122 pro rata dependent upon qualifications and experience. The actual salary for working 20 hours will be £14,305 - £15,498.
Hours of work: Part time 20 hours, including evenings and weekends. This position is for an initial period of 12 months, but may be extended to two years.
Normal place of work: Church House, Daresbury

Overall Purpose of the Post
To support the delivery of safeguarding training across the Diocese of Chester.
Main Duties:
1. Deliver training to ordained and lay members of churches, chaplaincies and affiliated organisations in venues across the diocese.
2. Co-ordinate the training programme, as directed by the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA).
3. Ensure that the diocese is compliant with House of Bishops Safeguarding Training and Development Practice Guidance. This will include assistance with:
• Development of induction documentation and guidance
• Contributing to an annual training needs analysis to inform service delivery
• Developing training plans demonstrating role specific safeguarding training
• Working with parishes to promote an understanding of the training framework and ensuring everyone is trained to the correct level.
4. Liaise with and support clergy and church officers with regards to their safeguarding training needs.
5. Recruit, train, mentor and support the network of volunteer trainers, in conjunction with the DSA/Asst DSA.
6. Match, in consultation with the DSA/Assistant DSA, volunteer trainers with requests for the delivery of various elements of the training programme.
7. Provide Quality Assurance, including amending and updating materials in conjunction with the national safeguarding team, and observation, evaluation, and feedback.
8. Coordinate and support the delivery of partnership events and one-off learning opportunities as directed by the DSA.
9. Provide guidance for those with queries arising from the training programme.
10. Develop knowledge and skills in safeguarding through ongoing networking and training.
11. Prepare progress reports for the DSA/ Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel with regards to the progress and effectiveness of the programme.
12. Play an important role in being a first point of contact for anyone with safeguarding training issues, and demonstrate the ability to relate to people across the whole social spectrum, putting people at their ease and demonstrating the ability to show pastoral sensitivity and tact where appropriate.
13. Maintain complete confidentiality and integrity at all times.
14. Contribute to the wider work of the Diocese, attending relevant meetings and contributing to other initiatives.
15. Participate in the annual review process and appropriate continuing professional development, including developing knowledge and skills in safeguarding, and participating in professional networks.
The job description provides an outline of the key responsibilities of the post and is not intended to be an exhaustive list. The post-holder may be asked to undertake any other relevant duties appropriate to the post and/or drawing on the skills and gifts of the post- holder. The job description may be amended over time, in consultation with the post-holder, in order to meet the needs of the Diocese.
Date: January 2022
This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.
Note – this job description does not form part of your Contract of Employment.

The successful candidate will combine an understanding of safeguarding issues with the ability to manage training programmes and develop and deliver training events. They will have the interpersonal skills required to facilitate learning, and to coach and mentor people from a range of backgrounds.

They will hold a safeguarding qualification and the ability to deal with confidential information with complete discretion.

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The work of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is operated from within Church House and is located at Daresbury Park, Warrington.

The DBF is the body which oversees the central financial and administrative work of the Diocese of Chester, provides support, teaching and trained personnel to advance the mission and ministry of the parishes within the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and the mission and ministries of the bishops of the Diocese.

The DBF is part of the Church of England, the established Church of the land, which proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God in an open way to all people, of all races, cultures and backgrounds.

For many posts within the Diocese those who are not members of the Church of England are welcome to apply. We respect their right to express different religious and philosophical opinions but require them, as employees of the Diocese, to respect our ethos as an Anglican Christian organisation and not to undermine it. These posts will require the post-holders to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.

Some posts may include an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010. Where this applies the recruitment documentation will state this.

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The diocesan bishop is Mark Tanner. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty and the of Bishop of Stockport, Sam Corley.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.