The Diocesan Safeguarding Team (DST) supports parishes and senior clergy to safeguard children and vulnerable adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect, and those in abusive relationships, through: immediate response to current and past allegations of abuse and harm, in partnership with statutory agencies; safe recruitment, training and support to voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults; and creation of safe environments, through implementation of policies and procedures following the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice guidance.
Supporting the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) by leading the administration of the department’s work, including the implementation of policies and procedures, the maintenance of casework documentation, content management for the safeguarding webpages and providing administrative support to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel. Advising parishes on safer recruitment practice. Support the Assistant DSA’s Safeguarding Training Administrator, and Information Manager.
See the Information Pack for more details.
We are looking for an individual with substantial experience in administrative skills, proven organisational ability, and experience in handling highly confidential and sensitive information. The ideal candidate will have confidence and expertise in using databases, with the excellent working of Microsoft Office including Word Mail Merge, Excel, Outlook, Publisher and general use of the internet. The candidate will also have strong written and oral communication, numeracy skills and work well in a team, and have the flexibility to ensure tasks are completed to deadlines. With the nature of the role, resilience to cope with the impact of safeguarding matters is essential and empathy with the Church of England, its missions and aims.
The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London, which is south of the Thames, together with the eastern part of the county of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.
The Diocese seeks to be a Christian presence and to share the Christian faith in each of its parishes through the mission and ministry of its clergy, congregations, schools and chaplaincies and works to promote the common good, with a particular concern for those most in need.