Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, ambitious and enthusiastic hard working Specialist Practitioner to join the safeguarding team within Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT).

For Informal discussions or if you would like to learn more about this post please contact Deborah Payne 01245 315130

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing safeguarding specialist mental health support to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) processes across Southend, Essex and Thurrock, in respect of eligible service users within EPUT.


This will include representing the Trust at Initial, Level 2 and 3 Panels and Potentially Dangerous Person Meetings; Liaison with Police, Probation and Prison Services. You will support the Lead Practitioner/Care Coordinator with the functions of MARAC/ MAPPA in regard to service users. This will include the provision of training and providing supervision to practitioners who are managing MAPPA eligible offenders or working with service users at high risk of domestic abuse.


You must hold a professional qualification in one of the following areas: Registered Nurse, RMN RSCN, Diploma in Social work or Registered Health Professional. You will be Educated to degree level (or working towards) in a health or social care related subject or equivalent with a good knowledge of Children and Young People’s and Adult legislation and have experience of delivering supervision and training.


Working for our organisation

Experience of working within a mental health Trust would be desirable and the ability to demonstrate a Think Family approach to delivering safeguarding is essential as the team adopt an integrated approach. Working in partnership with all agencies you will be part of a team that promotes the welfare of adults and children both internal and external to EPUT and supports the Trust in meeting its public protection responsibilities.


If you are committed to the improvement of health outcomes for vulnerable adults, approachable, a good communicator and listener, passionate about safeguarding, and a good team player we would like to hear from you. You need to be able to work autonomously, organise your workload, maintain accurate records and should be innovative and forward thinking in your approach.


You will be required to provide specialist advice to multidisciplinary teams across the Trust ensuring that all staff who are in contact with adults who have care and support needs, children and young people, MAPPA eligible service users are supported and developed in promoting their welfare and ensuring their safety.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The purpose of the job is to provide specialist advice and support to practitioners in regards to service users in their care that are MAPPA eligible or at high risk domestic violence, promoting the early accurate identification and management of safeguarding concerns by leadership, expert practice, research and education. The post holder will do this by being part of the existing safeguarding team and implementing strategies, protocols, pathways and action plans to strengthen the management of safeguarding services. There will be a focus on robust risk management systems to ensure safe, efficient, effective and timely management of the safeguarding agenda. They will initiate and add to research evidence in the field of safeguarding to ensure that evidence based practice is inherent in all aspects of care.


The role requires a level of legal literacy of all Acts and law that interface with the safeguarding agenda and will include oversight of all aspects of the Safeguarding Agenda including Safeguarding Children, Safeguarding Adults, Prevent, Honour Based Abuse including FGM and Forced Marriage, Domestic Abuse, MARAC & Modern Slavery and the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. There will be a requirement for the post holder to be conversant with The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to advise the Trust staff on these matters as the need arises.


Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Professional qualification which must include one of the following: RGN, RSCN, RMN, Diploma in Social Work or Registered Health Professional

Desirable criteria

  • Supervision or Training qualification


Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria

  • Knowledge & Expereince

Desirable criteria

  • Previous Experience in MARRAC/MAPPA role



Essential criteria

  • Desirables



As a newly appointed employee you are responsible for incurring the cost of your initial DBS check relevant to your post, the amount will be deducted from your first salary with the Trust.


Applications for Job Share are positively welcomed


Our Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of using mental health services. We also hold the Disability two tick symbol and have made the pledge to commit to employing more people with learning disabilities, we encourage people with a disability to apply. If you require this application form in another format i.e. Braille or audio tape etc, please contact the Recruitment Department on 01375 364513 or email and we can arrange for this to be dispatched to you.


The Trust has the right to expire vacancies prior to the closing date if they so wish. The Trust makes every attempt to contact all applicants and we strongly advise that you check the email account which is registered with NHS Jobs regularly, we would advise however due to the high number of applications we receive that if you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to robust safer recruitment processes.


On 9th November 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) formally announced that individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than 1st April 2022. The purpose of this is to protect all those that use health and social care services, as well as to protect colleagues, and to help reduce the amount of COVID-19 related sickness absences.


Please note that all roles at Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust that fall into the regulated activity criteria and, therefore, evidence of vaccination status (first and second dose) will become a condition of deployment from 1st April 2022. If you are successfully appointed at EPUT please note that your vaccination status will be requested at your pre-employment check stage.


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