Job Description

Head of Safeguarding (Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor) 

The Diocese of Derby is seeking to appoint a full time Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) to deliver safeguarding provision across the Diocese through expertise, advice and training. Based in Derby, the  (DSA) will be accountable to the Diocesan Bishop and the Diocesan Secretary for providing the leadership and supervision of our well-resourced Diocesan Safeguarding Team to promote the highest standard of safeguarding practice. The work of the team is overseen by a Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) which has an Independent Chair. The DSA is a member of the Bishop’s Staff.

The DSA’s work will include the design, implementation and improvement of robust safeguarding policies, systems and procedures across the diocese, the provision of information to the DSAP,  overseeing casework and providing advice, guidance and training in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults to parishes, clergy, Archdeacons, Diocesan senior staff and The Bishop. The DSA line-manages three Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors, a Safeguarding Co-ordinator, a Training Co-ordinator and two Team Administrators. The DSA would also be responsible together with senior diocesan officers for the review and possible restructure of the safeguarding team.

This is an opportunity for a suitably experienced professional with a social work, probation, police or other relevant background to use their skills in a senior role to continue to develop and sustain a culture which ensures that children and vulnerable people are safe in our churches and that those who pose any risk are effectively managed.




  • To complete a strategic review of the team, and to lead and manage the effective development of its safeguarding arrangements, good practice, policy and training.
  • To ensure that allegations of abuse are responded to well and referred to the statutory authorities ensuring the provision of appropriate advice and support to survivors and victims of abuse.
  • To ensure effective delivery of Safeguarding Training. To make sure that those that pose a risk are appropriately supported and managed.
  • To advise the Bishop and diocese on all safeguarding matters ensuring that all advice is in line with the law, government guidance and national policy and guidance from the House of Bishops.
  • To ensure completion of recommendations from PCR2 (Past Cases Review 2)  To work collaboratively with the National Safeguarding Team.

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