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MAT Safeguarding Lead

Employer
Birmingham City Council
Location
Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust,77 Pitmaston Road, Birmingham, B28 9PP
Salary
£49,498 to £60,606
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

Job Details

Job start date: 8 April 2024  

Hours per week: 36.50, all year round  

Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust
77 Pitmaston Road
Birmingham
B28 9PP
Telephone number: 0121 464 2187

Email: pa@robinhoodmat.co.uk  

Contract type: Permanent

Join Our Quest for Excellence - Become the MAT Safeguarding Lead at Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust.

About us:

At Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust, we are passionately committed to the education and welfare of children. Guided by a strong moral compass, we strive to nurture independent thinkers and resilient individuals, instilling in our pupils the moral values needed to effect positive change in the world. Our mission is to connect like-minded schools, creating an inspiring and equitable learning experience for every child, irrespective of their school within the Trust.

The Role:

We are seeking an experienced professional to join our MAT as the Trust Safeguarding Lead. This key role offers the opportunity to champion the safety and wellbeing of children, providing strategic leadership in safeguarding across our Trust and fostering a secure, supportive environment for all our pupils.

Ideally we are seeking a start date of 1 April 2024.

Join us at Robin Hood MAT, where your role will have a profound impact on the lives of children across our Trust. We look forward to welcoming a professional who shares our vision for education and is passionate about driving excellence in safeguarding.

Location: Hybrid working model either centrally at Robin Hood MAT Office or from home. However, due to the nature of the role a willingness to work across multiple sites in Birmingham and Solihull is essential.

Reports to: Executive Board, CEO

Job Description:

The MAT Safeguarding Lead will play a crucial role in ensuring the highest standards of safeguarding across all schools within the Trust. This position demands strategic oversight, a thorough understanding of safeguarding policies and practices, and the ability to effectively manage and support the safeguarding framework within the Trust’s schools.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Strategic Leadership and Oversight: Serve as the lead point of contact for safeguarding across the Trust, providing strategic direction and support. Undertake annual safeguarding audits to assess the effectiveness of practices across schools.

2. Policy Implementation and Compliance: Ensure compliance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) across all schools. Lead the development and implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures. Ensure safeguarding is incorporated into other MAT policies where appropriate

3. Training and Development: Coordinate and deliver comprehensive safeguarding training to staff across the Trust. Provide ongoing support and advice on safeguarding matters to schools.

4. Reporting and Analysis: Prepare monthly safeguarding reports, offering insights into trends and concerns within schools. Support the Safeguarding Trustee and the Executive Board with relevant safeguarding updates and advice.

5. Operational Management: Liaise with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) network, ensuring effective communication and collaboration. Manage and support schools with online Single Central Record (SCR) queries and safeguarding issues. Ensuring Safer Recruitment procedures are fully embedded across the trust.

6. Investigations and Compliance: Conduct investigations related to LADO referrals and safeguarding concerns. Interface with MAT HR administration, ensuring alignment of safeguarding and HR practices.

Person Specification

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

- relevant professional qualification in education, social work, psychology, or a related field

- extensive experience in a safeguarding role within an educational setting or similar environment

- proven track record of successful strategic planning and implementation in safeguarding

- experience in conducting safeguarding audits and investigations

- DSL training (can be provided upon appointment) Skills and Abilities: - Exceptional understanding of KCSIE and other relevant safeguarding legislation

- strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and motivate others

- excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

- proven ability to conduct thorough investigations and manage sensitive information discreetly

- competence in data analysis and report writing, with a keen eye for detail

Personal Attributes:

- commitment to child welfare and safeguarding

- high level of integrity and professionalism

- ability to manage complex and challenging situations with a calm and measured approach

- strategic thinker with excellent problem-solving skills

Desirable:

- experience in a multi-academy trust or a similar educational environment

- training and qualifications specific to safeguarding and child protection

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, please visit our careers page

Application packs are also available on My New term

Interviews will be held week beginning 26 February 2024

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment.

The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including: 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.  

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

This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment.  

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.

Company

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 bccHR@birmingham.gov.uk. When you have completed your application form this can be returned to bccHR@birmingham.gov.uk 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: www.livingwage.org.uk.

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