Safeguarding Advisor (part-time, 4 days per week)

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London
Permanent
£28,800 for 4 days/week (£36,000 FTE)

At the London Diocesan Fund (LDF) we seek to do everything we can to support the mission and growth of the Church of England in London. The Diocese of London comprises of c400 parishes north of the River Thames and within the M25 motorway.

Safeguarding is an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. The Diocese of London is committed to the 'whole church' approach to safeguarding adopted by the Church of England which aims to ensure a consistent approach as we work to create a safer culture. Everyone involved in church activities across the Diocese and who may come into contact with children, young people and adults has a role to play as we take steps to maintain a safer environment for all.

We are recruiting a Safeguarding Advisor to work as a key member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team supporting the diocese as we continue to build a positive safeguarding culture and ensure that all worshipping communities and church-based activities within the diocese are safe spaces.

You will act as the contact point for those in the church and community in your episcopal area(s), including working with statutory agencies, area bishops and senior staff in discharging your responsibilities for safeguarding children and adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect. You will advise on the implementation of diocesan safeguarding policy and diocesan strategic safeguarding initiatives in your episcopal area(s). Pro-active in remaining up to date with the development of government policy, Church of England policy and practice guidance, the information and advice you provide will ensure that the Diocese maintains the highest standards of protection for children and adults who may be at risk. You will also provide advice to the Bishop of London and the area bishops, archdeacons, clergy and laity as appropriate on procedures to be followed when safeguarding concerns arise.

Closing date - Friday 18 January 2019

Interview date - Thursday 24 January 2019

Promote the safeguarding of children and adults and provide effective responses to victims as an essential part of the mission within the designated episcopal area and Diocese of London.

Provide professional safeguarding advice and support to Area Bishops, senior staff, CSO and other clergy, to ensure full implementation of national House of Bishops and Diocesan safeguarding policies and procedures and, through case work and delivery of training, ensure a change of culture.

Undertake strategic safeguarding projects and improvement work including policies and projects in line with identified business needs and operational plans. Developing initiatives to support the effective implementation across your designated area in order to ensure excellent safeguarding practices across the Diocese.

Work collegiately to deliver the objectives within the LDF and DST operational plans and contribute to the IICSA and SCIE initiatives and workplans. Through casework promote the church’s role in safeguarding with statutory and voluntary agencies across the local authorities within the Diocese.

Work with children’s and adult social services, police teams, HM prison and probation services, MAPPA, MARAC and others as necessary, including attending appropriate strategy meetings, case conferences as arranged by statutory agencies or requested by the Safeguarding Manager or Director of HR and Safeguarding and, if appropriate, prepare parish officers for such meetings and attend with them.

Essential

Extensive experience of safeguarding of children and adults including experience of undertaking work at a strategic level, contributing to policy and practice development and implementation.

  • A social work qualification recognised by the Health and Care Professional Council, or a similar qualification in a related area/profession, or experienced.
  • Specific training in a variety of aspects of child or adult protection

Knowledge/Experience

  • Of child and/or adult protection work as a senior practitioner and/or manager
  • Of current legislation relating to safeguarding children and adults
  • Of 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
  • Of the structure and operation of statutory and voluntary organisations in safeguarding
  • Practitioner/manager experience of working with victims or survivors of abuse, including adults with mental health issues.
  • Experience of working with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations in managing or contributing to safeguarding, including managing allegations against people in positions of trust and the management of those who may pose a risk.
  • Experience of communications and external stakeholder management on safeguarding issues with policy-makers, media and other external stakeholders at local and/or national level in a context of public scrutiny.
  • Experience of supporting operational and strategic goals, demonstrate impact, and ensure effective quality assurance practices.
  • Strong verbal communications skills and ability to produce clear written records and reports. (including Board and Committee level reports).
  • Have exceptional people skills and the ability to build positive partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Be a self-starter, working on your own initiative and demonstrate an ability to handle confidential data sensitively, ensuring complete compliance with data handling policies and processes.
  • Ability to work sensitively with survivors, those who are subject to allegations and/or those that may pose a risk.
  • Demonstrable ability to be part of and contribute to a wider team as part of a large national institution and to work collegially with specialist and non-specialist colleagues. In sympathy with the aims of the Church of England.

The Church of England in London is growing, vibrant and at the heart of communities throughout the capital. At the London Diocesan Fund we seek to do everything we can to support this mission and growth, using our resources to help our parishes and chaplains to serve over 4 million people.

We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:

  • Values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual.
  • Reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve.

Fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.

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