Job Description

Provide is a Community Interest Company (social enterprise).

We deliver a broad range of health and social care services in the community, and are committed to making sure that they are safe, responsive and of high quality. Provide is owned by its employees and has primarily social objectives. Any profits we make are reinvested into the local community or back into delivering services.

Provide is a highly respected, award winning health and social care provider. We expect our staff to demonstrate and uphold our values at all times.

About Provide

We work from a variety of community settings, such as three community hospitals, community clinics, schools, nursing homes and primary care settings, as well as within people’s homes to provide more than 40 services to children, families and adults across Essex and East Anglia.

Vision – Transforming Lives

Values – Care, Innovation and Compassion

Mission –  An ambitious, employee owned social enterprise, growing in size and influence. We transform lives by treating, caring and educating people.

Job overview

We are looking for a registered health or social care professional with wealth of safeguarding expertise and experience to lead on all things safeguarding in our organisation.

We are looking for someone who is friendly and engaging,  with excellent leadership skills and a passion for safeguarding .  You must have the ability to be strategic and operational , supporting the development and delivery of our safeguarding approach and strategy as well as leading on the  implementation of responsive, caring and effective safeguarding practice across our services in line with national legislation, national and local guidelines and best practice.

This is an exciting time to join us and be a key player in the wider safeguarding community in Essex where we have forged close working partnerships across the integrated care system.

Main duties of the job

The Head of Safeguarding will provide leadership and management of all aspects of safeguarding across our Organisation.

The post holder will be a key player in the integrated care system and work  in collaboration with safeguarding teams across the Integrated Care Systems where we deliver services.

The post holder will have a high profile and improve the standard of safeguarding knowledge and practice within the services both within Provide  and the wider health and care system

The post holder will directly line manage and hold budget responsibility for the Safeguarding team

Working for our organisation

Provide is a highly respected award-winning health and social care provider. We are growing in size and influence, transforming lives by treating, caring and educating people. We recognise the value of recruiting a diverse, multi-cultural workforce by encouraging diversity through our recruitment practice.

We believe in investing in our staff and rewarding high standards of care. We offer development opportunities as well as a wide range of benefits.

This post is eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Be responsible for all aspects of safeguarding
Develop and achieve the Safeguarding Strategy and report on progress to the Board and Quality & Safety Committee
Work to ensure that safeguarding practice meets the requirements of the Care Quality Commission standards and contribute to the achievement
of a good or outstanding CQC rating across all services
Ensure comprehensive and robust systems and processes are in place for the protection of vulnerable adults and children and ensure effective
working relationships with social care and relevant partner agencies to keep people safe
Effectively line manage and hold budget responsibility for the Safeguarding team within the Provide Group of companies as well as for
safeguarding staff /teams within the community collaborative as the integration of the safeguarding functions across the collaborative merge.
Act as a role model and be a visible clinical leader
Proactively develop and review policies, guidelines and protocols for the management of safeguarding ensuring they remain up to date, relevant and reflect best practice.
Work collaboratively and promote excellent working relationships with all colleagues across the Provide Group and integrated care systems in which we work
Develop and deliver teaching and training programmes for all clinical and non -clinical staff
Ensure board assurance is maintained and provided via agreed escalation, communication and reporting channel

Person specification

Experience and qualifications

Essential criteria

  • significant and relevant experience working in senior safeguarding leadership roles
  • masters level qualification or equivalent experience

Professional registration

Essential criteria

  • Must have current professional registration with a Health or Social Care professional body

Desirable criteria

  • leadership qualification

Provide is an equal opportunity employer and proud to have an LGBT+ and Ethnic Minority Networks.

We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. We welcome applicants from underrepresented groups. If you have the skills and experience for the job, please apply regardless of your background.


How will we contact you?

  • All correspondence for this post will be by email or text messaging. Please register for text messages on your TRAC account.  Applicants are advised to check their email accounts regularly to ensure that email filters are set to allow our mails.
  • As we often have many applicants for jobs at Provide, we regret that we will only be able to contact those applicants who are shortlisted for interview.  Therefore if you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, then please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview on this particular occasion.
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  • If you wish to contact the Recruiting Manager about the vacancy/role or feedback, their details are provided in the advert.

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Closing Date

Provide reserves the right to close this vacancy at any time or bring forward the closing date should it have an overwhelming response. We therefore encourage an early application to ensure consideration for this post.

Covid 19 Vaccinations

Please note, unless exempt, Provide will require those working for us to be fully vaccinated against Covid 19.

Anti Fraud 

Our staff have been trained in ‘Anti-Fraud’ and will use technology to examine identity/immigration documents.


If you have a disability and need assistance or more time to complete your application or attending interview, please contact a member of the HR Services Team on 0300 3030 2661 or

Work Trials

Please check with your local Job Centre Plus to see if you are eligible for a Work Trial. If you are interested in trying this job first, please contact the HR Services team and we can help you make the arrangements with the Job Centre and the Recruiting Manager.

We are committed to equal opportunities, flexible working practices and the National Living Wage.

Successful Applicant:

You will be required to bring all your documentation to your interview to the recruiting manager and again at your pre-employment appointment to Human Resources Department.

The information that you provide will be treated confidentially.  If you fail to provide all of the information, Provide may not be able to fulfil our contractual obligations to you or may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Description Head Safeguarding (PDF, 211.6KB)

Pre-Placement Assessment Head Safeguarding (PDF, 520.3KB)

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