Job Description

Term: Permanent, Fulltime
Department: Safeguarding
Location: Wast Hill Training Ground, Redhill Road, Birmingham, B38 9EL
Salary: Competitive
Hours of Work: Hours are set to meet the needs of the business but are a minimum of 37.5 hours per week.
Application closing date: 10.02.2022 (Due to the urgency of filling this vacancy, suitable candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply and the role will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate has been sourced).



  • Ensure Club compliance with statutory obligations under relevant legislation and the adherence to the rules and regulations surrounding Safeguarding as laid down by the relevant governing body under which the Club is bound – i.e., the Football League or the Premier League and BCC.
  • To monitor and identify each of the activities across the Football Club which require Safeguarding best practice principles, and work with those personnel to increase their awareness and education whilst helping to ensure the Club’s safeguarding processes apply across its working practices.
  • Work closely with and report on a regular basis to the Club’s Senior Management Lead for safeguarding and provide advice on any progress, issues that may arise or project work as so required.
  • Work closely with HR and Heads of Department to develop and implement safer recruitment and induction practices across the organisation.
  • Continuously work to maintain, embed and improve the Club’s safeguarding provision across the Club ensuring the highest standards for safeguarding vulnerable groups, policies practices and good practice guidelines.
  • Maintain accurate, confidential and up-to-date records on all safeguarding incidents, concerns or allegations.
  • Give direction and guidance to staff in respect of all safeguarding incidents, concerns or allegations.
  • Support staff to respond appropriately to concerns about the welfare or safety of vulnerable groups.
  • Ensure that Safeguarding Officers are trained, supported and supervised.
  • Act as a source of safeguarding support, advice and expertise.
  • Ensure staff understand their individual responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable groups.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary staff and external partners to deliver effective parent education workshops
  • Work closely with staff to ensure host families are all assessed in line with statutory regulations and following best practices in their delivery of the service.
  • Produce a monthly report to the Safeguarding Manager regarding all safeguarding concerns and actions.


  • Be a visible, accessible and approachable presence within the Academy environment for all stakeholders.
  • Actively promote and implement safeguarding policy within the Academy environment.
  • Facilitate parent workshops providing education and resources for key safeguarding concerns.
  • Conducting risk assessments for all external venues including trips and tours.
  • Work with the Club Secretary, Academy Manager, Loans Coordinator, U23 management team to ensure arrangements for players on loan are satisfactory and the welfare of such players are always upheld whilst away from the Club.

Essential Requirements

  • Safeguarding education and experience.

Desirable Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Previous experience in a similar capacity in football or sport.

Skills and Abilities
Essential Requirements

  • The ability to work directly with vulnerable groups.
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding with a child and adult at risk focused approach.
  • Holds and maintains a sound understanding of government strategy, legislation, guidance and plans for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups as well as the management of safeguarding incidents, concerns and allegations of poor practice and abuse.
  • Holds and maintains a sound level of knowledge and understanding of developing and implementing safer recruitment practices.
  • Ability to work effectively under own direction without day-to-day management.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, clearly and accurately both verbally and in writing with colleagues, vulnerable groups and their parents/carers.
  • Ability to recognise and challenge inappropriate behaviour and poor practice.
  • Discretion and ability to keep confidential information confidential sharing information only where appropriate.
  • Ability to record, handle and store clear and comprehensive records and information in line with legislation.

Desirable Requirements

  • A successful track record of supporting and driving organisational change.
  • Experience in contributing and working as part of a team.
  • Knowledge and experience of identifying and managing risk.
  • Experience of offering safeguarding advice and support to colleagues, vulnerable groups and their parents/carers within a comparable organisation.
  • Experience of working within professional sport.

Personal Requirements
Essential Requirements

  • Well organised, able to prioritise workload whilst being flexible and able to cope with the unexpected or unplanned.
  • Personable and approachable with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Remains focused on responsibilities and objectives.
  • Must adhere to confidentiality and data protection procedures at all times.
  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Only applicants that demonstrate within their application that they meet the above criteria will be considered for the role.

This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community.


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