Head of Safeguarding

£40,000 - £45,000 yearly
  • Brentford FC
  • Brentford, UK
  • 17 Nov, 2021
Full time Leadership & Management Safeguarding

Job Description

The Role of the Head of Safeguarding

The Head of Safeguarding is a new role which will work across both Club and Trust to provide a clear sense of direction and purpose that assists both organisations to deliver their safeguarding strategies and implement policies and procedures that aim to promote and protect the welfare of children and adults at risk.

Main Accountabilities

  • Lead the development and delivery of the Club and Trust’s safeguarding strategies
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory obligations under relevant legislation, rules, regulations, standards and guidance as laid down by the football authorities under which the Club and Trust are bound (i.e the Premier League and the FA)
  • Proactively identify and mitigate safeguarding risks to individuals and to the Club and Trust
  • Lead on the development, implementation and regular review of the Club and Trust’s safeguarding policies, procedures and practices and ensure that they meet statutory and football authority requirements and are aligned with best practice
  • Ensure that all internal and external stakeholders receive regular, relevant education in line with their level of role, responsibility and engagement with children and/or adults at risk
  • Provide regular direction, reports and updates to the Business Operations Director (Club) and Operations Director (Trust) for use with various Boards (Management, Non-Exec Directors, Trustees)
  • Work with HR and Head of department to develop and implement safer recruitment and induction practices across the Club and Trust
  • Work to embed a culture of strong safeguarding awareness, engagement and working practices across the Club and Trust
  • Provide support, guidance and direction to staff in respect of all safeguarding incidents, concerns or allegations and ensure full evaluation of any lessons learnt
  • Ensure all Safeguarding Officers are appropriately trained, supported and regularly supervised and facilitate regular Safeguarding Committee meetings
  • Develop and maintain relationships with statutory and football authorities (such as the Police, Children’s Services, Local Safeguarding Children Board, Local Authority Designated Officer, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Teams, NSPCC the Premier League, the Football League and the FA)
  • Ensure continued professional development by regularly attending relevant training and keeping up to date with current safeguarding issues and risks as well as changes to legislation, statutory guidance and best practice.

General Club Accountabilities

  • To ensure compliance with all relevant Club policies, including health and safety policies and with specific reference to the data regulations (GDPR and PECR)
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant legal, regulatory, ethical, and social requirements , including Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • To live our values and demonstrate inclusivity in all areas of work
  • To ensure compliance with all Club and regulatory requirements related to safeguarding, and to ensure the Club’s safeguarding processes are followed where there may be safeguarding concerns.
  • To build and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally, maintaining a professional image at all times when representing Brentford FC.
  • To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel.
  • To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times
  • To ensure compliance with all safeguarding processes and procedures.

Key Internal Relationships

  • Business Operations Director (Club)
  • Operations Director (Trust)
  • Safeguarding leads (Club and Trust)
  • Fan & Community Relations
  • Football Department (specifically B Team)
  • Venue Operations
  • Brentford FC Community Sports Trust

Person Specification - Essential Personal Characteristics

  • Relevant, professional and recognised safeguarding qualification and/or verified equivalent experience
  • Current and relevant safeguarding training
  • Evidence of person-centred approaches and an understanding of the rights, needs and best interests of children and adults at risk
  • Up to date knowledge of safeguarding best practice, research and legislation
  • Demonstrable experience within the safeguarding sector or in a comparable organisation and role
  • Ability to, and experience of, implementing effective safeguarding practices within diverse environments
  • Proven ability in safeguarding case management and sound understanding of the roles and responsibilities of statutory authorities as set out in DfE Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • High level of integrity with the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential matters
  • Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or adults at risk and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those groups
  • Promote, adhere to and implement the Club and Trust’s policies and work to consistently embed equality and diversity within both organisations
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship managements skills
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills to effectively manage and deliver a diverse workload, often with minimal resource
  • Highly motivated with a positive, solution-focused attitude

Person Specification - Desirable Characteristics

  • Knowledge of the CPSU’s standards in Child Protection in Sport would also be advantageous
  • Practical experience of working with children and/or adults at risk