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Safeguarding Officer

Closing Date: June 25, 2018 09:00

Location: Boulton Academy - (Birmingham)

Salary: Ark Support Band 8 (£25,214 - £28,770) Outside London

Hours: Full time

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Safeguarding Officer

Ark Boulton Academy, Birmingham

Salary: Ark Support Band 8 (£25,214 - £28,770) Outside London

“It takes a whole community to bring up a child.” We work closely with parents and community to support our children to develop a strong character and become confident young people.

The Role

Ark Boulton Academy is now looking to recruit an experienced Safeguarding Officer to join our team. We are looking for someone with a passion and determination to see all students, regardless of their background, succeed in their education and gain access to university.

Responsibilities

You will be responsible for the development of safeguarding and child protection policies, training and procedures. You will create strong working relationships with outside agencies to enable ‘wrap around’ support for student and their parents/carers. You will be responsible for implementing the academy’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures in line with national, statutory and Ark requirements.

Career Development

“Staff comment positively about the high-quality training and support they receive which has helped them to improve their teaching skills.” Ofsted May 2017. 

Ark knows it’s our staff who really transform pupils’ lives. We want you to be the very best you can be. We offer twice the standard number of training days throughout the year and double the number of inset days in comparison to non-Ark academies. Also you will receive dedicated co-planning time twice a week along with high quality training from the Ark Network throughout the year.

The Individual

You are someone who understands the difference a great education can make to pupils lives as you are a great role model not only for them but other teachers too. You are educated to a degree level or above and have experience in working with children and young people in education, social work, youth work or another related area of work. You enjoy being part of a great team and you have a genuine passion and belief in the potential of every student.

 

Job Description: Safeguarding Officer

Reports to:             Vice Principal         

Hours:                    36 hours per week, 52 weeks per year with 25 days annual leave.

Salary:                    Ark Support Band 8 (£25,214 - £28,770) Outside London

The Role

To direct and facilitate the development of safeguarding and child protection policies, training and procedures. You will assess and evaluate referrals and coordinate appropriate support for vulnerable students, parents and families. You will need to create strong working relationships with outside agencies to enable wrap around support for the student and parents/carers. You will be under the direction of the Vice Principal, to take the lead on the Safeguarding issues within the academy.  

Key Responsibilities

You will work closely with the Senior Leadership team and Pastoral team to:

  • Implement the academy’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures in line with national, statutory and Ark requirements.
  • Monitor and review safeguarding procedures and policies to ensure they are updated and provide the best practice.
  • Initiate and deliver regular training on all aspects of Safeguarding and Child Protection to all staff across the school, ensuring that staff are kept up to date on current procedures.
  • Seek advice and guidance from ARK schools and Safeguarding Consultants and to ensure the school is fulfilling its role in safeguarding the young people in its care.
  • Plan and complete professional assessments of need and risk in respect of parents and carers using the appropriate procedures for children in need and significant harm.
  • Taking the lead responsibility to coordinate the multi-agency approach as preventative measures and to address child protection issues.
  • Track and monitor the delivery and impact support programmes to ensure they have maximum impact on enabling the child to be safe, happy and successful
  • Attend and participate in Child Protection Conferences and Planning and review meetings within and outside normal working hours
  • Prepare relevant reports for specific audiences
  • Maintain detailed, accurate, confidential and up-to-date records on all cases of safeguarding and child protection
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times in line with Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Child Protection legislation and guidelines
  • Provide support and guidance to other staff to assist them in undertaking their own roles effectively
  • Work directly with children in need and their families in the community in order to promote, strengthen and develop the potential of parents/carers and their children in order to prevent children becoming looked after and/or suffering significant harm
  • Provide impartial information to parents about relevant local services available to parents, children and families
  • Communicate regularly with parents and nurture good relations and effective dialogue between parents and teachers about children’s progress.

Other

  • Undertake appropriate external training on Safeguarding and Child Protection and remain well informed of current procedures and best practice.
  • Adhere to the academy policies as outlined in the staff handbook.
  • Challenge behavior which breaches school policies and procedures and code of conduct
  • Undertake any other duties as directed by line manager and/or the Principal

Person Specification 

Qualification Criteria

  • Right to work in the UK
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent (desirable)
  • Professional Social Work qualification (desirable)
  • Good literacy and numeracy – GCSE Maths and English or equivalent

Experience

  • Experience of safeguarding, working with children and young people in education, social work, youth work or another related area of work
  • Experience of managing child protection cases and investigations
  • Experience of establishing effective relationships with children, their families, stakeholders and the wider community that the academy serves.
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency environment
  • Experience of developing policies and/or procedures

Knowledge and Skills

  • Detailed and authoritative knowledge of safeguarding and child protection
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the range of additional support/agencies which can be of assistance to vulnerable scholars and families
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Capable of relating to children, young people, their parents, carers and care staff and professional staff at all levels.
  • Works well as part of a team to reach agreed targets and outcomes for children/young people
  • Has strong problem solving and analytical abilities and makes good judgements
  • Able to balance competing priorities, work on own initiative and to tight deadlines
  • Proven ability to write reports, summaries clearly and concisely and articulate concepts and proposals.

Personal characteristics

  • Enthusiasm for working in a challenging educational environment
  • Helpful, positive, calm and caring nature
  • Motivation, personal confidence, leadership and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrates self-control and adaptability
  • A good listener who can effectively build relationships with colleagues, pupils, parents and other third parties
  • A high level of self-awareness and an aptitude for conflict resolution and for dealing with sensitive issues with integrity
  • The confidence and good judgement to manage situations relating to the poor conduct/behavior of others towards a child
  • Willing to challenge opinion, where necessary, and to drive the child protection agenda
  • Maintains confidentiality and discretion at all times

Knowledge and Skills

  • The post holder must be committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
  • Willingness to undertake training
  • This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

To apply for this post or to find out more about Ark Boulton please visit www.arkboulton.org/vacancies. If you would like any further information about this role, please contact the HR team on 0121 773 8156 or hr@arkboulton.org.  

Closing date: 26th June 2018 09.00am     
    

Ark value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.

 

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