The Church of England is committed to the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities. The National Safeguarding Team (NST) supports the dioceses, parishes, churches and worshipping communities on their journey to become safer places for all, and to promote good safeguarding practice as integral to the mission of the whole Church. The NST also leads the Church of England’s engagement and response to the Government’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, including a published action plan.
Safeguarding in the Church of England has changed and developed considerably in recent years, in recognition of the need to ensure consistently high standards of safeguarding across all church institutions. Further changes and developments are being explored as the Church seeks to achieve this goal and respond to the IICSA recommendations. The Director will need to be open to change and to contributing to this developing work.
The Church of England is an extraordinary community of organisations seeking to make a difference across a diverse society. The Church is committed to the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities, and safeguarding is at the heart of the life of the Church of England.
The National Safeguarding Team (NST) supports the dioceses, parishes, churches and worshipping communities on their journey to become safer places for all, and to promote good safeguarding practice as integral to the mission of the whole Church, and we are looking for a Director of Safeguarding to lead the team.
This is a role that faces many stakeholders, and needs a leader who can operate through influence and personal authority, with resilience and emotional intelligence. It calls for experience in senior leadership in a large and complex context, and a demonstrable track record in safeguarding, and in leading organisational change.
Whilst there is no requirement for candidates to be practising Christians, sympathy with the work and mission of the Church is important.
Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
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The closing date for applications is 21st April 2022.
We are taking a flexible approach to work, with many colleagues opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Further details will be discussed at interview.
The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.
We offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.
Strategic leadership and management of the National Safeguarding Team. Ensuring that there is medium and long-term strategic direction and vision for safeguarding across the Church of England, taking overall responsibility for working in partnership to deliver national systems, policies and procedures, change management, engagement with survivors and supporting and enabling safeguarding provision across the wider Church of England. Effective management of a team of c20 people plus associates and consultants.
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