Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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Job Purpose

To work alongside the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and existing Safeguarding Team working towards the delivery of a quality safeguarding service.

To support the Diocese in the delivery of local policy, good practice and training.

To ensure that allegations of abuse are appropriately referred to the statutory authorities ensuring the provision of appropriate advice and assessing risk.

Offering support to survivors and victims of abuse.

To make sure that offenders returning to the community are appropriately supported and managed.

To deputise for the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser where appropriate.

  1. Delivery of policy, procedures and good practice guidelines
  • Monitor and remain up to date with the development of government policy, Church of England policy and good practice and maintaining continuing professional development and professional registration where appropriate.
  • Maintain knowledge of how local arrangements for safeguarding agencies are structured in relation to providing safeguarding services and how they receive referrals.
  • Supporting the Archdeacons in ensuring each parish has adopted and implemented the diocesan policy and procedures.
  • Monitoring, checking and providing advice and guidance on parish policies.
  • Working closely with the Communications team to inform the parishes about changes to policy and procedures.
  1. Training
  • Work alongside the DSA to deliver and develop appropriate safeguarding training as recommended nationally for all clergy and Laity
  • Evaluate, review and monitor the effectiveness of the training programmes delivered via various methods across the diocese.
  • Recruit, encourage and oversee volunteer trainers
  1. Casework. The Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser should:
  • Provide guidance and support in response to concerns raised about children young people or adults who may be at risk where safeguarding concerns have been expressed.
  • Working alongside the DSA, ensure appropriate safeguarding risk assessments are carried out, putting into place strategies and agreements to actively manage and evaluate any actual or potential risks identified.
  • Under the guidance of the DSA respond to serious situations following Practice Guidance 2015 - Responding to Serious Safeguarding Situations Relating to Church Officers. Contributing process and to the drawing up and regular review of agreements for those known to be a risk to children and / or adults.
  • Ensure appropriate levels of support are put into place for alleged victims and their families, alleged perpetrators and their families, congregations or others who are affected. Assist in the provision of approved Authorised Listeners.
  • Ensure at all times that appropriate records are maintained, suitable for admission in legal proceedings.
  1. Safer recruitment
  • Build understanding and knowledge of Safer Recruitment guidance and of the Disclosure and Barring Service systems and processes
  • Undertake a risk assessment process for those where DBS checks are not clear.
  1. Cathedral

The person appointed will also be designated safeguarding officer for Liverpool Cathedral, and be responsible for

  • Working with the Cathedral Chapter raise a safeguarding culture to ensure that the Cathedral safeguarding processes are fit for purpose and are closely integrated into the Diocesan processes
  • Managing cases and liaising with the Cathedral authorities and Cathedral Safeguarding Officers as required
  • Advising the Cathedral DBS Administration Officer on good practice
  • Writing an annual report on Safeguarding in the Cathedral
  • Advising the Dean on how the Cathedral can ensure that all relevant people receive appropriate training.

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 postholder, to meet the needs of the Diocese.

Essential requirements

  • A professional qualification that reflects significant safeguarding experience, e.g. social worker, health professional, police officer, probation etc.
  • Substantial experience of having worked in a safeguarding environment with responsibility for casework and risk assessments.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing advice and guidance on safeguarding matters
  • Able to contribute to the review, development and audit of safeguarding policies procedures.
  • Able to apply knowledge of legislation and government guidance relating to safeguarding and the protection of children, young people and adults at risk in a practical setting;
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and accessible way.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and write reports to a standard acceptable by the courts
  • Be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and accessible way to individuals and to groups
  • Strong personal commitment to safeguarding
  • Able to build effective and collaborative partnerships
  • Empathic, able to build rapport and gain trust and confidence of others
  • Evidence of having provided sensitive support and engagement with individuals experiencing personal trauma and crisis
  • Able to influence and provide positive challenge to constructively contribute to culture change
  • Able to work on own initiative and be accountable
  • Committed to personal and professional development.
  • Empathy with the mission of the Church of England and the ability to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Diocesan values of bigger church, bigger difference
  • Good organisational skills
  • This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Access to and ability to drive a motor vehicle
  • Ability to work flexibly for occasional evening and weekend meetings and training

Desirable requirements

Teaching or training qualification

Experience of working with victims and/or survivors

Previous experience of delivering safeguarding or other training

Understanding of safeguarding structures within the Church of England or similar organisations or contexts

Previous experience of having worked with volunteers

The Diocese of Liverpool is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children, young people and adults at risk. All Staff and volunteers share this commitment.