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  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Flexitime
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Work from home

Full job description

We’re looking for an experienced DSL to join our team at the Angling Trust. Your mission will be to use your influence to create a positive and proactive safeguarding culture within the sport of angling.

You’ll work closely with our Head of Operations as well as partnering with key leaders across the organisation to act as the main source of support, advice, and expertise for safeguarding.

This is a permanent, part-time role that suits an experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead who would like to play a lead role in developing a proactive approach to safeguarding and establishing a duty-of-care culture within the sport of angling—although this is a standalone function, we’re a flexible and family-friendly organisation with very knowledgeable and supportive teams.

What you’ll be doing

· Responding to safeguarding concerns and ensuring we adhere to all relevant statutory and regulatory safeguarding frameworks, policies, and procedures—managing any assessments, reports, referrals, and consultations as the central point of contact for all internal and external individuals and agencies (LADOs, police, or local authorities) regarding safeguarding cases

· Coordinating the distribution of best practice safeguarding policies, procedures, and resources throughout our organisation as well as with members, club welfare officers, volunteers, and the wider angling community—providing advice, education, training, and support in order to embed a proactive approach to safeguarding children and adults at risk within the sport of angling

· Maintaining safeguarding records in line with legal requirements and regularly reviewing action plans in compliance with CPSU mandates or other best practice frameworks—auditing safeguarding standards at fishery and club level, encouraging leaders to appoint DBS checked welfare officers and supporting the implementation of best practice safeguarding guidelines

· Collaborating with internal leaders and attending or presenting at internal meetings to ensure staff are kept informed of any potential safeguarding concerns or current child protection practice—representing our organisation at external safeguarding meetings where required

Who you are

· You’re a Designated Safeguarding Lead with good knowledge and understanding of frameworks, legislation, guidance, and plans for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and at-risk adults—you have experience managing safeguarding incidents or concerns and allegations of poor practice or abuse as well as a proven ability to develop and produce national level guidance and resources

· You are very organised and you have experience keeping confidential and comprehensive safeguarding records and audit trails using DSL software / ticketing management system, adhering to confidentiality and data protection procedures in all areas of your work

· You are self-motivated, happy to manage a varied workload, ready to pivot with changing priorities, and work well independently without day-to-day management—and you’ll own your continuous professional development

· You’re emotionally intelligent, discreet, and diplomatic with impressive communication skills and the ability to build effective working relationships and partnerships—you have the confidence to recognise and challenge inappropriate behaviour and poor practice as well as the resilience to handle conflict and sometimes emotionally distressing matters

What will make you stand out

· DSL qualification and enhanced DBS clearance / knowledge of DBS systems and checks

· Time to Listen certification / experience working with CPSU

· Experience safeguarding children or at-risk adults in sport / clubs / competitions / events

· Experience driving cultural change / identifying and managing risk / providing advice

What’s in it for you

· Salary of £35,000 pro rata per annum, plus contributory pension

· Remote, flexible working across 22.5 hours per week

· 25 days holiday (plus public holidays) later rising every year up to 28 days

· Laptop and mobile phone as well as any mileage, expenses, and TOIL

Who we are

The Angling Trust is the national governing body in England representing fishing—one of the country’s largest participation sports. We are a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to fight for fish, fishing, and the environment—creating opportunities for all within society to experience fishing in a healthy aquatic world.

We collaborate with Fish Legal, a separate membership association that uses the law to protect the rights of its members throughout the UK whilst fighting pollution and damage or other threats to the water environment.

Want to join us?

We believe a diversity of backgrounds, experience, and opinions builds the strongest team, so we encourage those from under-represented groups to apply—we are members of the Sporting Equals Charter and we’re actively participating in the Sport England sponsored Inclusive Employers development programme.

Email our HR Manager, Mattelynn Romano, at to apply directly or arrange a chat about the role—when applying, please submit your detailed CV and an informal covering letter with a bit more about your skillset, perspective, background, thinking style, or personal interests.

Please only apply if you have the right to work in the UK.

We take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your application for this role—we will never pass your details onto a third party. We may contact you by email or telephone about the progress of your application. This processing is conducted lawfully based on legitimate interests.

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Pay: £35,000.00 per year

Expected hours: 22.5 per week


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Work from home


  • Flexitime
  • Monday to Friday

Application question(s):

  • Are you an experienced DSL with good knowledge and understanding of safeguarding frameworks and best practice?
  • Do you have demonstrable experience developing and producing national level safeguarding guidance and resources?
  • Do you have a DSL qualification or “Time to Listen” certification?
  • Do you have experience safeguarding children or at-risk adults in sport, clubs, competitions, or events?
  • Do you have Enhanced DBS Clearance and/or an understanding of DBS systems and checks?
  • Do you have experience using DSL software / ticketing management systems for record keeping and audit trails?

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (preferred)

Work Location: Remote

Reference ID: Designated Safeguarding Lead—Anglin

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