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Head of Safeguarding

Posted 3 weeks ago

Salary:                   
Scale SO2; SCP 26 – 28, £30,984 – £32,798

Prop rata for 25/45 hours: £17,213 – £18,221

Hours:   
Part time – 25 hours per week, flexible but to include some evening/weekend work – term time only                                                       
Closing Date:       
10.00am Wednesday 7 September 2022

INTERVIEWS WILL TAKE PLACE ON:           

Week beginning Monday 12 September 2022

Purpose of the Job:

The Head of Safeguarding will take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection across the College.  They will lead the operational work to keep children safe and will contribute to the safeguarding strategy.

Main Tasks:

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Managing referrals
  • Refer cases of suspected abuse and neglect to the local authority children’s social care, either in Worcestershire or the young persons’ home Local Authority.
  • Support staff who make referrals to the local authority children’s social care.
  • Refer cases to the Channel programme where there is a radicalisation concern. Support staff who make referrals to the Channel programme.
  • Refer cases to the Disclosure and Barring Service where a person is dismissed or leaves due to risk or harm to a child
  • Refer cases to the police where a crime may have been committed.
  1. Working with staff and other agencies
  • Act as a source of support, advice and expertise for all staff.
  • Act as a point of contact with the safeguarding partners.
  • Inform the Principal of safeguarding issues, especially ongoing enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and police investigations.
  • Liaise with the case manager and the local authority designated officer(s) (LADO) for child protection concerns in cases which concern a staff member.
  • Liaise with staff on matters of safety, safeguarding and wellbeing (and when deciding whether to make a referral) by liaising with relevant agencies so that children’s needs are considered holistically.
  • Liaise with the DDSL with responsibility for online safety, to ensure mechanisms are in place to keep young people safe online.
  • Liaise with the senior mental health lead and, where available, the mental health support team, where safeguarding concerns are linked to mental health.
  • Work closely with the school nurse and the school counsellor in safeguarding children.
  • Promote supportive engagement with parents and/or carers in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including where families may be facing challenging circumstances.
  • Work with strategic leads, taking lead responsibility for promoting educational outcomes by:
  • Knowing the welfare, safeguarding and child protection issues that children in need are experiencing, or have experienced.
  • Identifying the impact that these issues might be having on children’s attendance, engagement and achievement at school.

The above includes:

  • Ensuring the College knows which children have or have had a social worker, or have been a Child In Need or under Child Protection, understanding their academic progress and attainment, and maintaining a culture of high aspirations for this cohort.
  • Supporting teaching staff to provide additional academic support or reasonable adjustments to help these children reach their potential.
  1. Managing Safeguarding records
  • Ensure child protection files are kept up to date.
  • Ensure Safeguarding records on CPOMS are accurate and appropriate
  • Keep information confidential and store it securely.
  • Make sure records include: a clear and comprehensive summary of the concern; details of how the concern was followed up and resolved; and a note of any action taken, decisions reached and the outcome.
  • Ensure files are only accessed by those who need to see them, and that where a file or content within it is shared, this happens in line with information sharing advice as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).
  • Where children leave the school (including in-year transfers):
  • Ensure their child protection file is securely transferred to the new school as soon as possible, separately from the main pupil file, with a receipt of confirmation, and within the specified time set out in KCSIE.
  • Consider whether it would be appropriate to share any additional information with the new school before the child leaves, to help them put appropriate support in place.
  1. Raising awareness
  • Ensure each member of staff has access to, and understands, the school’s safeguarding and child protection policy and procedures, especially new and part-time staff.
  • Work with the governing board to ensure the child protection policy is reviewed annually (as a minimum) and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly.
  • Ensure the child protection policy is available publicly and parents are aware that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made and the role of the school in this.
  • Link with the safeguarding partner arrangements to make sure staff are aware of any training opportunities and the latest local policies on local safeguarding arrangements.
  • Help promote educational outcomes by sharing information with care staff, teachers and school leadership staff about the wellbeing, safeguarding and child protection issues that children who have or have had a social worker or been on a child protection plan are experiencing.

5. Training

  • Undergo training (at least every two years) to gain the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role and meet the expectations set out in KCSIE, including those outlined in the ‘Training, knowledge and skills’ section of annex C.
  • Undertake Prevent Awareness Training.
  • Refresh knowledge and skills at regular intervals and at least annually.
  • Ensure all staff are trained appropriately, including the safeguarding team.

Providing support to staff

  • Support and advise staff and help them feel confident on wellbeing, safeguarding and child protection matters.
  • Support staff during the referrals process.
  • Support staff to consider how safeguarding, wellbeing and educational outcomes are linked, including to inform the provision of academic and pastoral support.

Understanding the views of children

  • Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, and in any measures the school may put in place to protect them.
  • Contributing to the student committee whose focus is care and safeguarding.
  • Understand the difficulties that children may have in approaching staff about their circumstances and consider how to build trusted relationships which facilitate communication.

Holding and sharing information

  • Understand the importance of information sharing, both within the College, with other schools and colleges on transfer, and with the safeguarding partners, other agencies, organisations and practitioners.
  • Understand relevant data protection legislation and regulations, especially the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR).
  • Keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals.

The Head of Safeguarding will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.

During term time, the Head of Safeguarding should be available for staff in the school to discuss any safeguarding concerns.  Ideally this will be in person, but can also be via phone, email or video call in exceptional circumstances.

Please note that this list of duties is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the Head of Safeguarding will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role.

Equal Opportunities Statement:

NCW is committed to becoming an equal opportunities organisation.  It is committed to promoting equal opportunities and preventing discrimination.  This policy applies both to service delivery and to its own employment practices.  You will be willing and able to demonstrate commitment to NCW’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Safeguarding Children:

NCW is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students at the College.  You are responsible for adhering to the College’s policies on Child Protection and for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people you come into contact with.

Annual review:

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.  It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of NCW in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.

This document is to be read in the context of NCW Statement of Purpose, NCW Equal Opportunities Statement, and agreed policies of the NCW and the Conditions of Service as outlined in the individual employee’s contract.

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