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Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Birmingham City Council
Queensbridge School, Queensbridge Road, Birmingham, B13 8QB
GR4C £37,336 (SCP29) to £39,186 (SCP31) pro rata (Actual Salary £33,611.14 to £35,276.57)
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

Job Details

Hours per week:  36.5, term time only

Contract Type:  Permanent

Queensbridge School

Queensbridge Road


B13 8QB

Telephone number:  0121 464 5566

Email address:

Start date: as soon as possible.

Queensbridge School is looking to recruit a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) who is passionate to supporting the learning, progress and care of our pupils. The DDSL will assist the

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in all matters of safeguarding and child protection in our school. The successful applicant will be educated to Degree level, will have experience of working in the Child Protection arena and will be an exemplary practitioner with a proven track record of working creatively and sensitively to the diverse needs of our pupils.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead plays a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and well-being of pupils within our school community. This role would suit an adaptable, flexible and resourceful individual. The successful applicant will demonstrate drive and an unrelenting focus on acting in the best interests of our pupils. The DDSL will work in partnership with other pastoral leaders including the DSL, SMHL, SENDCo and Attendance Lead, to ensure that the wellbeing and welfare of our 900+ pupils are monitored and supported effectively.

This role will involve working collaboratively with a dedicated team of experienced professionals to ensure that safeguarding and child protection, family support and targeted interventions are in place across the school. If you have the required qualifications, experience and a passion for working in safeguarding within an educational environment, we encourage you to apply.

About You:

•            strong verbal and written communication skills

•            organisational skills

•            commitment to education and ensuring equal opportunities

•            previous experience with children or young people, particularly in safeguarding

•            outstanding personal qualities including empathy, patience and resilience

about the role:

•            work with the DSL to maintain and further develop our safeguarding culture

•            respond to safeguarding issues and lead case management and allocation

•            ensure preventative education for keeping children safe is in place

•            support the referral process to local authority and outside agencies

•            keeping detail, accurate and secure written records of concerns and referrals

•            supporting pupils to overcome social, emotional and mental health barriers to learning

This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak English fluently is an essential requirement for this role.

Closing Date: 23 November 2023, 9:00am

Interviews: Wednesday 29 November 2023

Informal visits to our school welcome.

Should you require an application pack then please visit our website

Potential applicants should ensure that they read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.


Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.


Rehabilitation of offenders: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.


An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.


Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:

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Company info
0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU
United Kingdom

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