The Diocese of Chichester is expanding its Safeguarding Team in order to maintain the highest possible standards of safeguarding practice. The Safeguarding Team has a long history of working very closely with the statutory agencies in Sussex in many aspects of safeguarding work, including major criminal investigations and inquiries. The Team has received many plaudits for its work, and is close-knit, innovative, and at the forefront of safeguarding work in the Church of England.
The successful candidate for the post of Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Casework) will work alongside other members of the Safeguarding Team to achieve this. In particular, the ADSA – Casework will:
Take the leading role in managing safeguarding casework in the Safeguarding Team.
Be the main point-of-contact within the Safeguarding Team for statutory agencies in relation to casework (along with the Independent Sexual Violence Adviser in relation to referrals regarding survivors of sexual violence).
Be the main point-of-contact for senior clergy and other Diocesan officers, and parish personnel in relation to casework.
Provide information and advice to ensure that the Diocese maintains the highest standards of protection for children and adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect and to advise the Bishop of Chichester and the Suffragen Bishops, Archdeacons, Clergy and Laity as appropriate on procedures to be followed when safeguarding concerns arise.
To promote the safeguarding of children and adults across the Diocese of Chichester.
To promote the church’s role in safeguarding with statutory and voluntary agencies across Sussex.
To work closely with the DSA and other members of the Safeguarding Team at all times.
The Diocese of Chichester conducts its safeguarding work within various legislative, statutory-guidance and Church of England frameworks. The post-holder will be familiar these and ensure that their practice adheres to these frameworks.
To support the DSA in advising the Diocesan Bishop, Suffragen Bishops and Archdeacons on procedures to be followed when safeguarding concerns arise.
To assist the Diocese in the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers and in its use of the Disclosure and Barring Service, and to advise the Diocesan Bishop and parishes on the assessment of risk where disclosures are blemished.
To keep records of all casework electronically, using the CPOMS case recording system.
The post-holder will lead on all aspects of casework except as otherwise directed by the DSA:
To lead in liaising and coordinating with statutory safeguarding agencies in Sussex and, where relevant, elsewhere, in relation to safeguarding casework. This will include, but not be limited to, Strategy Meetings, Case Conferences, MAPPA meetings, MARAC meetings, and other multi-agency forums as required. If appropriate, to prepare parish officers for such meetings and attend with them.
To lead and co-ordinate the ‘Core Group’ of Diocesan and parish staff when an allegation of abuse is made against a church officer.
To work with the DSA and other Diocesan and parish staff to ensure appropriate support for all relevant parties throughout an investigation and thereafter. In particular, in cases relating to sexual abuse, to work with the Independent Sexual Violence Adviser to ensure appropriate, independent support to complainants.
Education and training
A professional qualification as a Social Worker, Probation Officer or within the Police
Specific training in a variety of aspects of child or adult protection
Significant professional experience of child and/or adult protection work in a statutory lead-agency setting (Social Work, Probation, or Police). In exceptional circumstances professionals from other relevant backgrounds (e.g. healthcare) will be considered.
In-depth knowledge of current legislation and statutory guidance relating to safeguarding children and adults.
A broad range of professional, statutory safeguarding experience, involving child and adult protection, and across the range of safeguarding and criminal justice processes (e.g. allegations-management, criminal investigation, offender management).
Knowledge of and experience in the risk assessment and management of those who have offended against children or adults, and who may pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults
Skills / Ability in:
The ability to work constructively with a wide range of interested parties, including staff in statutory and voluntary sectors, and members of the public with little safeguarding experience, in order to maintain best practice in the church context.
The ability to work sympathetically and sensitively with survivors of abuse, vulnerable adults and others affected by child or adult protection issues.
The ability to identify and challenge of poor practice, and constructively suggest ways of improvement.
The Diocese of Chichester is the Church of England in Sussex. It almost exactly covers the counties of East and West Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove, stretching for nearly a hundred miles (160km) along the south coast of England. Today the diocese contains 506 churches in 365 parishes which are served by 450 clergy and 265 Readers. The administrative office employs around 50 staff.