The post holder will assist the Safeguarding Co-ordinator with the following:
- The implementation of the National Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church on behalf of the Bishop and Trustees of the Diocese of Westminster.
- The management of safeguarding complaints and cases to include handling calls from survivors ensuring they are responded to in an appropriate and timely manner.
- Working collaboratively with and providing support and development to the safeguarding personnel (volunteer, lay and professionals) in the parishes, religious orders and other organisations within the diocese.
- To deputise for the Safeguarding Co-ordinator in her/his absence.
Principle Duties and Key Responsibilities:
The Safeguarding Officer is to work in conjunction with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator in relation to meeting the safeguarding operational needs of the Diocese which includes;
- To operate and follow the Catholic Churches National Safeguarding Policies, procedures and best practice within the Diocese.
- To conduct regular reviews of local policy/procedures and implement any necessary actions.
In all circumstances related to case management, the Safeguarding Officer is to assist and be directed by the Safeguarding Co-ordinator (or the Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding in his/her absence) which includes;
- To assess safeguarding concerns/ complaints and manage risk.
- To speak with survivors and respond to them in an appropriate and sensitive manner.
- To keep on-going cases under regular review and progress.
- To maintain accurate and timely written case records as required.
- To ensure that confidentiality is maintained in line with agreed policies and protocols, with due regard to the principles of Data Protection, encouraging others to do the same.
- To assist the Safeguarding Co-ordinator and the Safeguarding Personnel Support Officer when required regarding safeguarding personal as required and to include recruitment, induction training and national training.
- To assist in the completion of Audits and Annual Reports.
- To travel to parishes and other locations as the needs of the post require.
- To undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility for this post this may from time to time be required.
Person specification: Safeguarding Officer
Contract Type: 12 month Fixed Term Contract — Part-Time £32,000 based on 28 hours per week (£40k Full-time equivalent)
Hours of work: 28 Hours per week/ 4 Days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday) 9am — 5pm
- Substantial relevant experience in a similar role*
- Experience of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- Experience of dealing sensitively and professionally with vulnerable groups.
- Experience of office and team working.
- Awareness of issues affecting survivors/victims of abuse.
- Experience of supporting a volunteer workforce.
- Ability to organise own work and prioritise.
- Excellent written and oral communications.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work in a strictly confidential environment and handle sensitive information.
- Training development and delivery skills.
- Knowledge of legislation affecting safeguarding.
- Broad understanding of safeguarding within the Catholic Church.
- A thorough understanding of the current DBS regime.
- Good working knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office software packages (Word, Excel and outlook), databases and IT.
- Educated to degree and above.
Personal Attributes Required:
- To set an example of positive personal integrity and professionalism, with positive, appropriate and effective communications and relationships at all level.
- Ensure high standards are maintained, progressed and promoted in all areas of work.
- To undertake appropriate professional development and positively participate in the appraisal of own performance.
- Communicate and co-operate effectively and positively with specialists from outside agencies where applicable.
*The professional background of the Safeguarding Officer is not restricted to those with a social work background. It may encompass those with experience and qualifications from other disciplines including the law, probation, health and the voluntary sector.