Safeguarding Case Worker

Posted 10 days agoExpires in 3 days
Edward King House, Minster Yard, Lincoln
Fixed Term Part Time
£11600

The Diocese of Lincoln is looking to recruit a Safeguarding Caseworker to serve in the diocesan safeguarding team. Serving alongside the diocesan safeguarding adviser, her deputy and 2 other safeguarding professional team members, this part-time post of 15 hours offers an exciting opportunity to serve the diocese, its parishes and people by ensuring consistently high quality safeguarding advice and support is available for all clergy and church officers.

NB: Interviews will be held at Edward King House on 7 January 2019

This post is essential to support the casework of the Diocese of Lincoln’s Safeguarding Team.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is undertaking a part-time secondment to the National Safeguarding Team. In order for the team to maintain it’s capacity and respond in timely manner to those who rely on our professional safeguarding advice, we need an experienced safeguarding professional to join the team.

To promote the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults as an essential part of the ministry and mission of the Church.

To work in a way that supports advocacy for those who have experienced abuse of any kind.

To be able to offer solid advice to those in the Church of England who are managing the complexity of ministry where those who are abuse survivors and those who have perpetrated abuse may be within the same context.

To be familiar with and implement Church of England safeguarding policies and procedures, through case work and provision of safeguarding advice to Parishes and the Cathedral.

Through casework, to promote the church’s role in safeguarding with statutory and voluntary agencies across the 3 Local Authorities in the Diocese.

To be proactive in ensuring parishes are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; to provide appropriate guidance and support and information to keep them abreast of developments in the field.

To support the DSA and her deputy in advising the Diocesan Bishop, Suffragan Bishops and Archdeacons on procedures to be followed when cases of child or adult abuse arise, and ensuring the development of good safeguarding practice in the Diocese through advice, information and training.

To provide out of hours mobile phone cover for urgent safeguarding concerns during times negotiated with the DSA.To keep records of all casework electronically, in line with the protocols and templates set by the DSA.

Qualifications & Skills

Essential

  • A social work qualification recognised by the Health & Care Professional Council, or a similar qualification in a related area such as held by a probation service professional or police officer.
  • Evidence of continued professional development in child and/or adult safeguarding.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).

Experience and Working Knowledge

Essential

  • Of child or adult protection work as a senior practitioner
  • Of current legislation relating to safeguarding children and adults
  • Of the risk management of those who have offended against children or vulnerable adults, and who may pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults.
  • Of the structure and operation of statutory and voluntary organisations in safeguarding

Desirable

  • Of the aims, ethos and teachings of the Church of England.
  • Experience of child or adult safeguarding in the church context.
  • Experience of delivering training in child and adult safeguarding, in a style accessible to a wide range of church personnel.

Personal Attributes

Essential

  • Strong commitment to safeguarding as an essential part of the church’s work in pastoral care and welcome
  • Willingness to work on own initiative and be accountable
  • Be in sympathy with the ethos and mission of the church
  • Able to work flexible hours, including evening and weekend work.

The diocesan offices of Edward King House are situated by the medieval Bishop’s Palace in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln. Edward King House was formerly the home of Bishop Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln between 1885 and 1910. A beautiful Grade II-listed building, a feature of Edward King House is St Hugh’s Chapel, which provides the setting for regular services.

The diocesan offices are overlooked by the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and they are close to Lincoln Castle, home of the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest, plus many shops, eateries and further places of local history and interest.

Other benefits include:

  • Annual leave of 25 days per annum, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata)
  • Up to 4 non-contractual days of holiday gifted between Christmas and New Year (when the offices are closed)
  • A half-day holiday on Maundy Thursday
  • Competitive pension scheme with Royal London
  • Life insurance of three times annual salary
  • Occupational sick pay (staged) after 6 months
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Daily Eucharist held in St Hugh’s Chapel, which is optional for all staff
  • Supported continuing professional development linked with job role and professional development
  • Weekly social gathering for staff (‘Cofftea’)

The Diocese of Lincoln is the Church of England in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The diocese covers 2,673 square miles and has a population of 943,000. There are around 31,000 people on the Church Electoral Rolls. There are more than 220 clergy and lay workers serving 240 benefices with 514 parishes and 630 church buildings.

The diocesan central office is at Edward King House in Lincoln. There is a staff team at Edward King House that works to support the life and ministry of the diocese.