Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Children and Adults)


Is safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults your passion? Would you like to make a difference to church communities by promoting the highest standards of safeguarding practices across 615 parishes, whilst supporting victims and survivors of abuse? Have you got a track record of providing a successful safeguarding service in other organisations?

We are seeking someone to do just that here, at the Diocese of Oxford. The diocese is the one of the largest in the Church of England covering the three counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and is committed to promoting the welfare of the children, young people and vulnerable adults and protecting them from harm, through development and implementation of law compliant safeguarding policy, transparent governance and safe practices in line with the national church policy and guidance.

Working closely with the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel, the lead bishop on safeguarding matters, as well as others across the diocese, you will:

  • ensure robust safeguarding systems and processes are embedded across the diocese whilst also acting as the main contact for parishes and the public;
  • provide effective and confidential consultancy safeguarding services to senior leaders and others by working collaboratively;
  • lead the safeguarding team to deliver safeguarding provision across the diocese through expertise, advice, guidance and training.

To be appointed, you will be a qualified practitioner in a field relevant to safeguarding such as social work, social justice, police work or probation with current registration where applicable. You will have had relevant senior practitioner/manager experience with the ability to demonstrate transferrable knowledge across the client groups.

You will be in sympathy with the values and ethos of the Church of England.

We offer a range of benefits including an on-site café, free parking, a generous remuneration package, professional supervision and, an opportunity to work with skilled colleagues in an attractive modern office environment.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Poli Shajko, Director of Human Resources and Safeguarding Department on Tel: 01865 208770

Salary:             £43,763 – £47,130 per annum
Hours:             FTE 37 hours per week
Contract:        Permanent
Location:         Church House Oxford, Langford Locks, Kidlington, OX5 1GF

This post will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Further details, including the Job Description and an application form, are available below:

Background Paper    Job Description      Application Form      Recruitment Monitoring Form    Privacy Notice

To apply, please email your completed application form along with a covering letter and recruitment monitoring form to: recruitment@oxford.anglican.org

Closing date for receipt of applications is 09:00 Friday 27 March 2020

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 8 April 2020

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