We need a Safeguarding Manager who:
- Can lead operational day-to-day safeguarding and child protection, under the supervision of the Principal
- Can advise and support other staff and parents and carers on welfare and safeguarding matters
- Wants to work as part of a team dedicated to improving outcomes for children throughout the Academy.
Is this you?
Oasis Academy Longmeadow is a warm and welcoming school, where we "love, laugh and learn" together. Our last OFSTED Inspection reported:
‘Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils are kind and considerate to others. They exhibit positive attitudes to learning’
‘Leaders work in an open, collegiate way, so that staff find them accessible and supportive.’
The post is offered on a part time basis, 20 hours per week during term time (39 weeks) plus 5 additional days, to be worked at such time as is agreed with the Principal to meet operational need.
The post holder will receive a generous holiday pay entitlement, Local Government Pension Scheme membership and access to great employee benefits and support.
Applicants are warmly invited to visit the Academy. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01225 355511 to arrange a visit.
About the role:
The post-holder will take lead operational responsibility for safeguarding and child protection across the school. They will take part in inter-agency meetings, including reporting to all CP meetings, and contribute pro-actively to the assessment of children.
They will advise and support other members of staff on child welfare and child protection matters, and liaise with relevant agencies such as the local authority and police. The post-holder will ensure that contact is open during out of term time and that the LA is aware of these arrangements.
- Manage detailed, accurate and secure records of concerns and referrals made in CPOMS in line with school policy and statutory guidance, including all those received from external agencies or safeguarding partners.
- Refer cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children’s services.
- Refer cases to the Local Authority and if agreed support the Channel programme where there are radicalisation concerns.
- Refer cases where a crime may have been committed to the police.
- Monitor referrals and concerns regularly and liaise with other colleagues routinely to identify and understand how issues such as attendance and behaviour relate to safeguarding issues
Working with staff and other agencies
- Inform the Principal of safeguarding issues, especially ongoing enquiries into whether a child is at risk of harm, and police investigations.
- Liaise with the case manager and the local authority’s designated officer for child protection concerns in all cases where a member of school staff is involved.
- Liaise with staff on matters of safety, safeguarding, and when deciding whether to make a referral keeping a clear record of information and any decisions taken.
- Act as a source of support, advice and expertise for staff.
- Assist in the distribution of information on safeguarding to staff.
- Record and recommend actions required as a result of referral in form a safeguarding partner or external agency eg PNN1.
- Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention. Pro-actively seek access to Early Help as a route to support children and families, if appropriate.
- Liaise with parents on safeguarding matters where appropriate
- Develop a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference.
- Work with colleagues within the academy and other agencies to meet the needs of children with complex needs.
- Work with the Designated Safeguarding Leader to enable them to monitor that the schools safeguarding policies and procedures are effective
- Ensure the safeguarding and child protection policies are available and easily accessible to everyone in the school community.
- Link with Wiltshire Children’s Safeguarding partnership and LA officers to make sure staff are aware of training opportunities and the latest local policies on safeguarding.
- Be alert to the specific needs of children in need, including those with special educational needs, young carers, children looked after and any other vulnerable groups.
- Encourage a culture of listening to children among all staff, ensuring that children’s wishes are heard and considered where the school puts measures in place to protect them.
- Ensure that staff understand the need to identify concerns through contextual awareness relating to individual pupils.
- Support staff to proactively raise concerns, understanding the need for immediate action in some cases and clear record to be kept.
- Work with parents to raise awareness of safeguarding issues and offer advice and support as appropriate. This will include running parent sessions, workshops and other activities from time to time.
Other areas of responsibilities
- Ensure that staff behaviours do not compromise the safeguarding culture at the school.
- Assist in the monitoring and updating of the safeguarding audit and action plan.
- Where children leave the school, securely transfer their child protection file to their new school as soon as possible, separately from the main pupil file keeping record of the transfer using SCC templates provided for this.
- Take responsibility for the secure destruction of electronic files once receipt is acknowledged and keep a record of the destruction.
- Model best practice and uphold the principles of confidentiality and data protection at all times.
- Carry out student supervision duties