Regional Safeguarding Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: upto £36,000 per annum (dependent on experience)
Hours:40 hours p/w (Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5pm)
Benefits: 33 days annual leave allowance per year (25 days standard plus 8 bank holidays), pension, and life insurance
Location: Home based covering the London and South East area - (Please note you must be able to commute within this region when necessary)
Summary Of Role
To act as the FPOC (First Point of Contact) for all internal Safeguarding enquiries and referrals. The aim of this role is to positively contribute to the safeguarding and welfare of our Service Users and staff. Ensuring action is taken to promote their welfare, protect them from harm, being accountable for decisions and taking action to have the best possible outcomes through advice and guidance on safeguarding matters to staff.
Duties And Responsibilities
- The RSO will have responsibility for the AASC region that the individual has been appointed for.
- The RSO should have a responsibility on an operational day to day basis to promote safeguarding of junior people and ensuring that a stable and secure environment is provided. Develop and maintain external links with local safeguarding teams bringing community expertise to the safeguarding strategy.
- To effectively conduct robust initial investigations of all child protection concerns raised by junior's, their families, colleagues and/or external parties/professionals to legislative and best practice requirements. It is expected that the post holder will conduct evidence-based investigations and be empathetic towards the needs of our younger people and staff concerned.
- To collate information on any new safeguarding referrals, and to submit a safeguarding incident report to the Designated Safeguarding Officer.
- To ensure that all concerns and safeguarding information is logged and stored securely in line with GDPR and Policies.
- To collate organisation wide information on any safeguarding matters, and to make referrals to the line manager.
- To act as Regional Deputy DSO in the absence of the Safeguarding Manager
COMMUNICATION & LIAISON
- To liaise with Safeguarding and HR Manager where the acts or omissions of a member of staff has / may impact on the safeguarding of our Service Users.
- To contribute to the induction programme and training for new/existing staff regarding Safeguarding.
- To liaise with the Quality Manager on operational matters that may lead to or impact on Safeguarding.
- Coach, support and develop staff understanding to ensure high standards of care, values, ethics, equality and diversity, policies and procedures, legislation and contractual requirements are met.
- To gate keep confidential safeguarding information regarding Service Users, sharing only on a need-to-know basis and in compliance with GDPR
- Ensure information sharing supports timely and appropriate decision making, which is based on individual need and prevents harm and supporting wellbeing.
- To assess information from staff regarding concerns about children and vulnerable adults and make referrals to Safeguarding Manager.
- Liaising with Police, Local Authorities and other statutory organisations when safeguarding matters arise.
- Liaise regularly with line manager and team members
- Helping/providing cover for other team members as required
- Attending team and other staff meetings
- Provide cover for other staff as agreed by line manager
- Must have a minimum of two years experience in a front-line Safeguarding role.
- Must be able to demonstrate experience in end-to-end Safeguarding case management
- Must be able to evidence a high standard of safeguarding case referrals.
- Experience in case management in both adult and child safeguarding
- Experience in multi-agency, multi-disciplinary working partnerships
- Evidence of working with vulnerable groups
- Evidence of a holistic approach to safeguarding
Any other duties within the scope of responsibility and ability, as required, inclusive of providing similar support to any other local company project.