Job start date: 8 April 2024
Hours per week: 36.50, all year round
Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust
77 Pitmaston Road
Telephone number: 0121 464 2187
Contract type: Permanent
Join Our Quest for Excellence - Become the MAT Safeguarding Lead at Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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