Job Description

Wilds Lodge School – Rutland
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
£30,000 to £32,000 Actual Salary
Permanent and Term Time Only
8:30am to 4:30pm
To start ASAP

Your new role
We are excited to offer the opportunity to join our wonderful school and work with our exceptional students. We are currently recruiting for a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) to assist the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in all matters of safeguarding and child protection across the school. Among other responsibilities the appointed person will engage with vulnerable students, families, and external agencies in order to formulate a package of support to remove barriers to learning and improve outcomes. You will advise and support other members of staff on child welfare and child protection matters,  and may liaise with relevant agencies such as the local authority and police.

The successful candidate will have experience of managing safeguarding in a school or other relevant organisation, including building relationships with children and their parents, particularly the most vulnerable. It is essential that you have expert knowledge of legislation and guidance on safeguarding and working with young people, including knowledge of the responsibilities of schools and other agencies.

What you’ll need to succeed
We are looking for people who are child centred and have a real care and desire to help improve the lives of our young people. We are seeking people who thrive on working in a challenging but immensely rewarding environment, who are passionate about supporting the development of social, life and independence skills and who truly want to make a difference in the lives of young people. Experience of working with people with autism is not necessary, but a commitment to learning is.

The appointed person will be expected to make a real and positive impact to the lives of children who have a range of care needs (SEMH/AHD), life experiences and personalities that makes every day varied and interesting. If you have a caring nature, a natural interest in people and want to make a difference then this just might be the job for you.

What you’ll get in return
Wilds Lodge is a friendly school where staff are supportive of each other inside and outside of the classroom. We pride ourselves in ensuring all members of staff including our support staff have access to regular training. All our members of staff attend regular training on child protection; mental health and multi-agency working. All staff access a wide range of training on areas of SEN such as Autism, attachment and ADHD.

Desirable experience/qualifications
• GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths
• Degree
• Successful experience in a school or other relevant organisation
• A valid driving licence is required

• Relevant training is provided
• Promotion and career progression are available
• Starting salary £30,000 per annum
• Term time only, however due to the nature of the work, there will be a requirement for flexibility and availability during half terms depending on cases.
• £2,000 – £3,000 relocation package available

Your new school
We are an Ofsted Outstanding independent 38 week specialist boarding and day provision for boys and girls aged between 5 and 19 with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. We have a person-centred focus, providing each child with a personalised education and care programme tailored to help meet their unique needs. The key to the success of the school is a strong ethos, developed by a highly experienced and capable staff, and the strength of the relationships between the staff and the students.

How to apply:
If you’re interested in making a real difference and impacting positively on the lives of our students, we would love to hear from you. For more information on how to apply and for a full application pack, please contact Mike Sherwin on the below details:

T: 07525 889925

Closing date for applications: ASAP and by 9am Monday 28th November 2022

Strong applications may be considered upon receipt.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The following is expected of all staff: All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check