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Safeguarding Officer
  • Employer: Diocese of Westminster
  • Reference: DoW/19/107035
  • Published: Wed 21/08/2019, 14:50 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 20/09/2019, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 28 hours per week, 12 month Fixed Term Contract — Part-Time £32,000 based on 28 hours per week (£40k Full-time equivalent) 28 Hours per week/ 4 Days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday) 9am — 5pm Experience Required
  • Salary: £32,000 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Westminster

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Safeguarding Officer

Job purpose:

 The post holder will assist the Safeguarding Co-ordinator with the following:

  1. The implementation of the National Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church on behalf of the Bishop and Trustees of the Diocese of Westminster.
  2. The management of safeguarding complaints and cases to include handling calls from survivors ensuring they are responded to in an appropriate and timely manner.
  3. 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.
  4. 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;

  1. To operate and follow the Catholic Churches National Safeguarding Policies, procedures and best practice within the Diocese.
  2. To conduct regular reviews of local policy/procedures and implement any necessary actions.
    Allegations Management

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;

  1. To assess safeguarding concerns/ complaints and manage risk.
  2. To speak with survivors and respond to them in an appropriate and sensitive manner.
  3. To keep on-going cases under regular review and progress.
  4. To maintain accurate and timely written case records as required.
  5. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. To assist in the completion of Audits and Annual Reports.
  3. To travel to parishes and other locations as the needs of the post require.
  4. 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

Experience Required

Essential Criteria

  1. Substantial relevant experience in a similar role*
  2. Experience of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  3. Experience of dealing sensitively and professionally with vulnerable groups.
  4. Experience of office and team working.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Awareness of issues affecting survivors/victims of abuse.
  2. Experience of supporting a volunteer workforce. 

Skills Required
Essential Criteria

  1. Ability to organise own work and prioritise.
  2. Excellent written and oral communications.
  3. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  4. Ability to work in a strictly confidential environment and handle sensitive information.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Training development and delivery skills.

Knowledge Required

Essential Criteria

  1. Knowledge of legislation affecting safeguarding.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Broad understanding of safeguarding within the Catholic Church.
  2. A thorough understanding of the current DBS regime.
  3. Good working knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office software packages (Word, Excel and outlook), databases and IT.

Qualifications Required

  1. Educated to degree and above.

Personal Attributes Required:

Essential Criteria

  1. To set an example of positive personal integrity and professionalism, with positive, appropriate and effective communications and relationships at all level.
  2. Ensure high standards are maintained, progressed and promoted in all areas of work.
  3. To undertake appropriate professional development and positively participate in the appraisal of own performance.
  4. 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.