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Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Heart of Yorkshire Education Group

Location: Castleford, Wakefield
Salary: £30,407 to £32,254 pa
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th May 2024
Closes: 10th June 2024
Job Ref: 60923

THE ROLE

We are seeking a dedicated and experienced individual to join our College as the Deputy Safeguarding Lead. This crucial role involves supporting the highest standards of safeguarding practice for all students, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups such as children in care and young adult carers. Reporting to the Safeguarding Manager, you will collaborate closely with related personnel to adapt to evolving safeguarding practices and the Prevent Duty across the Wakefield and Castleford sites.

In addition to the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead remit, you will also act as Designated Teacher for children in care - advocating for their needs, liaising with social workers, and ensuring legal requirements are met.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the College’s Safeguarding Strategy, including staff training and updates to policies.
  • Maintain safeguarding procedures, addressing risks like online safety, exploitation, and harassment.
  • Conduct risk assessments for high-risk students and take appropriate action.
  • Liaise with external partners such as the Wakefield Safeguarding Partnership and NHS services.
  • Attend and coordinate Child Protection, Child in Need, and related meetings.
  • Support the educational welfare of Children in Care through relevant meetings and reviews.
  • Collaborate with Student Experience and Services and other departments for a unified approach to safeguarding.
  • Engage in safeguarding communications, record keeping, and reporting.
  • Contribute to quality assurance of safeguarding practices through College board reports and local authority audits.

Your efforts will contribute to creating a safe and supportive environment for all students, working in tandem with the Safeguarding Manager and student experience/services teams to provide a comprehensive approach to safeguarding.

ABOUT YOU

Already able to display an empathetic work approach with students, staff, and families to ensure wellbeing and success, we’ll also expect:

  • Experience in diverse safeguarding-related practices, alongside proven negotiation skills with stakeholders.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate activities independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience in multitasking within complex support roles, as well as successful problem-solving and conflict resolution with youths and families.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, as well as skills in maintaining appropriate relationships and boundaries.
  • GCSE grade A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent in English and Maths.

Apply now to make a significant impact on student welfare and safeguarding at Heart of Yorkshire Education Group.

Benefits include:

  • Generous Annual Leave (30 days annual leave (pro rata) + bank holidays + 5 College closure days)
  • Generous contributory pension scheme
  • Personal and Professional Development opportunities, including a comprehensive induction and teacher development programme.
  • Discounted Metro Card Scheme
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Annual Staff Recognition Awards

Interview date: w/c 17th June 2024

We are looking at a start date for this role: 19th August 2024

Please note direct applicants only - no agency CVs

The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group is committed to safeguarding the welfare of all students and this post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.

If you are currently living overseas or have lived / worked overseas in the last five years please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal record check from the country/countries you have worked/resided in if you are the preferred candidate for the post.  Further details of how to obtain the additional check is here: Criminal records checks for overseas applicants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve and positively encourage applications from all.

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