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Children's Safeguarding Lead

CSSL-VH-W-27873
£28000 p.a.
Permanent
37.5 / per week - Full-Time
Coventry ,
Coventry

An exiting opportunity has arisen for a full time Children's Safeguarding Lead to join a multi service charity based in Coventry.  In return, we offer a competitive salary of £28,000 p.a. and a contributory pension scheme.

What we do:

The charity has a fully trained staff team providing Supported Accommodation and Floating Support to young parents and victims of domestic abuse.  There is also a Children's Nursery that provides full day care for pre-school children, together with a Youth Service and a Community Wellbeing Service.

The Children's Safeguarding Lead acts as the organisational lead for safeguarding children.  The role supports staff and volunteers to ensure their good practice in relation to safeguarding children.

The key tasks and responsibilities are:

  • To act as the children's designated safeguarding lead for the organisation and undertake responsibilities as defined by the Local Children Safeguarding Partner Arrangement.
  • To act as the designated Signs of Safety lead within the organisation.
  • To review and develop, as necessary, internal safeguarding processes.
  • To monitor and oversee all internal safeguarding alerts.
  • To represent Valley House at relevant external meetings.
  • To provide support and guidance to staff and volunteers in relation to safeguarding children within all Valley House services.
  • To design, co-deliver and evaluate induction and refresher training to staff and volunteers.
  • To identify training gaps and design appropriate training and briefing sessions.
  • To deliver evidenced parenting programmes to parents across Valley House services.
  • To deliver 'child safety' and 'safe sleeping' sessions to parents across Valley House services.
  • To attend all relevant internal safeguarding cross organisational and team specific meetings.
  • To lead on cross organisational review of information sharing and internal reporting in relation to safeguarding.
  • To provide Valley House Trustees with quarterly and annual reporting, as required.
  • To act as the named safeguarding lead for Ofsted in relation to the Valley House nursery.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum NVQ level 3 in a related area of work and/or a minimum of 3 years relevant experience.
  • Experience of working with and safeguarding vulnerable families.
  • Experience of completing assessments.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Experience of delivering training to parents, staff and volunteers.
  • Experience of writing reports.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the difficulties faced by vulnerable families.
  • Knowledge of current legislation and the national agenda for safeguarding children.
  • Knowledge of children's welfare and development.
  • Knowledge of GDPR and information sharing.
  • Understanding and passion for the work of Valley House.
  • The ability to work effectively within a team and on own initiative.
  • Competent in the use of IT tools, Microsoft Office, including Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to transfer knowledge and skills to staff through coaching, mentoring and co-working.
  • The ability to analyse information to determine and plan interventions and decide and direct the course of action with staff who have case responsibility for service users.

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Be mobile and able to travel city wide (car driver with use of a vehicle).  Candidates who are not car drivers due to a disability will be considered.

This post requires a satisfactory DBS check.  For applicants who have lived overseas during the last 5 years you will be required to obtain a certificate of good conduct from the country where you have you been living.

The hours of work are 37.5 per week.

The closing date is 12 noon on Monday 18 November 2019 and interviews will be held on Friday 22 November 2019.

For more information on Valley House please see our website www.valleyhouse.org.uk