Head of Safeguarding

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From £46,965 to £51,125 depending on experience

The Diocese of York is a family of clergy, churches, schools and communities across over 400 parishes in North and East Yorkshire; playing an active role in, and bringing an important Christian dimension to, life in the region. We serve around 1.4 million people across a large geographical area, including the urban centres of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, alongside market towns, coastal communities and dispersed rural settlements.

We are striving to be a people who are “Living Christ’s Story”, a simpler, bolder, humbler church, which in its diversity reflects the communities it serves. As we work together towards achieving our common vision, our commitment to a positive safeguarding culture - so that all worshipping communities and church-based activities within the diocese are safe spaces for everyone - remains a key priority.

We are fully committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community. In every diocese of the Church of England, the Diocesan Bishop is ultimately accountable for safeguarding. The purpose of this role is to support the Diocesan Bishop and the diocese in developing policy and good practice, providing training, and ensuring appropriate management and support in relation to allegations of abuse and offenders returning to the community, working with statutory authorities as appropriate.

The pace of change in safeguarding in the Church of England context is high. The Church is working hard to create new safeguarding structures that address past failures and ensure future confidence in safeguarding arrangements and decisions. This role takes a strategic overview, as well as handling complex casework and leadership of an able, committed and well-respected team.

The role requires a person of significant professional standing in the field of safeguarding, in order to provide credible, authoritative advice in relation to casework and to train, coach and support others. You will play a key role in shaping and leading the safeguarding function as we seek to continually develop the service to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

Act as the designated Diocesan Safeguarding Officer by exercising scrutiny, insight and challenge to decision making; delivering a professional advisory service and a case management portfolio with a focus on prevention and survivors’ needs.

Provide strategic leadership, oversight and assurance in driving culture change, to ensure the Diocese of York fulfils its duty and desire to be a Safer Church where the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and their protection from harm, remains its top priority.

Lead a professional safeguarding team that provides credible, cost effective and a high standard advisory and case management service, carrying out the role at all times with sensitivity to all involved.

Collaborate is the design and delivery of training programmes that support development of skills of Parish Safeguarding Officers, clergy and others with accountability for Safeguarding across the diocese.

As well as having a significant practical experience and professional standing in the field of safeguarding, you will be an experienced leader, confident in embedding best practice and driving culture change.

You will have high levels of empathy and emotional intelligence, and be adept at influencing decision making without executive authority, and at partnership working with external agencies.

You will be in sympathy with the aims of the Church of England, and capable of working effectively in a large, complex organisation.

About this Process

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, in the first instance please email: hr@yorkdiocese.org

Only applications made through this Pathways website can be accepted. Please make sure you complete your application in full.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 12 September 2022.

Interviews are scheduled to take place in York on Friday 23 September, and preferred candidates will meet the Archbishop of York on Wednesday 28 September.

About the Diocese of York

With its network of parishes covering the country, the Church of England plays an active role in national life, bringing an important Christian dimension to the nation, as well as strengthening community life. The Diocese of York covers much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York and Hull, as well as Middlesbrough and Selby, the North Yorkshire Moors national park, and the incomparable Yorkshire coast. We are led and guided by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.

We employ around 80 staff, of all faiths and none; the majority based at our large, modern office at Clifton Moor on the north side of York. Alongside our salary, holiday and pension package, benefits include a range of flexible working options, an Employee Assistance Programme and a Cycle to Work scheme. Our values reflect our Christian ethos, and we seek to foster a culture of engagement and collaboration. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer.