Designated Safeguarding Officer, Staffordshire

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Ref: HMD-CHE-PR-7851
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Simply Education are working with an Alternative Provision who are looking to appoint a full time Designated Safeguarding Officer.

This is Alternative provision for pupils in KS3 and KS4. Young people are taught in small groups and typically have four pupils with two members of staff supporting their individual needs. The School is looking to appoint a Designated Safeguarding Officer to join them from September 2020.

The successful candidate will hold:

An appropriate Level 3 qualification or been a Social Worker.

Experience of working with and supporting vulnerable young people and dealing with difficult and sensitive issues.

Knowledge sound and understanding of safeguarding and child protection.

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

Disclosure and Barring Service (cases where a person is dismissed or left due to risk/harm to a child); and/o

Police (cases where a crime may have been committed).

Liaise with the headteacher to inform her of issues especially ongoing enquirers 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

The designated safeguarding lead should receive appropriate training carried out every two years in order to: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

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.

The designated safeguarding lead should ensure the school or college’s policies are known and used appropriately:

Ensure the schools 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.

If you would be interested in this position then please get in touch with Helen Davies at Simply Education on 01270382101 and email your CV to helen.davies@simplyeducation.co.uk

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