Safeguarding Lead

Recruiter
ITALIA CONTI ACADEMY OF THEATRE
Location
UK
Salary
£30,000 - £39,999
Posted
10 Oct 2019
Closes
12 Oct 2019
Ref
1293434854
Category
Education
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
Italia Conti is seeking to appoint a Safeguarding Lead at our London Academy office. The working hours per week are 37.5 (42.5 including 1 hour lunch break) and will be on a rota with the Deputy, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8.00am and 6.30pm. There will be the occasional evening and weekend work to meet the requirements of the role. The successful candidate will enjoy 70 days annual leave per year (the work will be mainly term time but a few additional days will be required for training, planning etc.). The successful candidate will be expected to start on the 6th January 2019.

Role and Responsibilities of Designated Safeguarding Officer

What does a Designated Safeguarding Person do?

The role of the Designated Safeguarding Person was specified in the Children Act 2004 and ensured the every organisation had a "named person" for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer. The Designated Safeguarding Person has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis.

Key Aspects of the Designated Person role includes:
  • Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns
  • Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
  • Referring any concerns to social care
  • Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans
  • Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records

Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015) sets out the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead in Annex B.

Role of the Designated safeguarding Person

Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that the school or college designates an appropriate senior member of staff to take lead responsibility for child protection. This person should have the status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and, where appropriate, supporting and directing other staff. The broad areas of responsibility for the designated safeguarding lead are:

Managing referrals
  • Refer all cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children's social care and the designated officer(s) for child protection concerns (all cases which concern a staff member),
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (cases where a person is dismissed or left due to risk/harm to a child); and/or Police (cases where a crime may have been committed).
  • Liaise with the headteacher or principal to inform him or her of issues especially ongoing enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and police investigations.
  • Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies.

Training
  • The designated safeguarding lead should receive appropriate training carried out every two years in order to:
  • Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, for example through locally agreed common and shared assessment processes such as early help assessments.
  • Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so.
  • Ensure each member of staff has access to and understands the school's or college's child protection policy and procedures, especially new and part time staff.
  • Be alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and young carers.
  • Be able to keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals.
  • Obtain access to resources and attend any relevant or refresher training courses.
  • Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the school or college may put in place to protect them.

Raising Awareness
  • The designated safeguarding lead should ensure the school or college's policies are known and used appropriately:
  • Ensure the school or college's child protection policy is reviewed annually and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly, and work with governing bodies or proprietors regarding this.
  • Ensure the child protection policy is available publicly and parents are aware of the fact that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made and the role of the school or college in this.
  • Link with the local LSCB to make sure staff are aware of training opportunities and the latest local policies on safeguarding.
  • Where children leave the school or college ensure their child protection file is transferred to the new school or college as soon as possible. This should be transferred separately from the main pupil file, ensuring secure transit and confirmation of receipt should be obtained.
  • The weekly Safeguarding Briefing is aimed at supporting Designated Safeguarding Leads carry out their duties; you can join the briefing in the box below.

Safeguarding

Italia Conti is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for our students and promoting the welfare of children and young people, we expect our staff to share this commitment.

For more information about the Italia Conti visit our website.

The closing date for applications is 20 October 2019. Due to the number of applications we receive, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the application closing date, please assume that your application was not successful at the shortlisting stage. We thank you for your interest in Italia Conti.

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