Job Description

Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership (PDSCP) – Co-ordinator

Home/Office-based working          

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to join the BCP area based team, supporting the Partnership Manager and working daily with a range of multi-agency partners from agencies such as health, police, education and many others.

The role requires excellent communication skills to liaise professionally with our range of safeguarding partners from CEO/Director level, through to front line staff involved in safeguarding children, including nurses, health visitors, education-based designated safeguarding leads, police officers, youth worker and social workers.

High level IT skills will be required, to include the range of Microsoft applications, Teams, SharePoint and a range of Apps. You will also need to take minutes regularly, producing accurate, concise and timely summaries of a wide range of multi-agency meetings, of a sensitive and confidential nature and produce/format documents for or from these meetings.

The role is busy and varied, so our successful applicant will need to be highly efficient, proactive, with excellent problem solving and negotiation skills and be comfortable working with multiple priorities and conflicting deadlines.

The focus of the Partnership is on supporting the development of best practice within safeguarding, involving a range of partner agencies, so a good, basic understanding related to safeguarding children and the multi-agency safeguarding landscape will be required.

It is envisaged that the postholder will take responsibility for a number of areas of the Partnership’s work, be able to take ownership of these elements and complete them in an accurate and timely way. This will include managing the Partnership meeting schedule, liaising with multi–agency colleagues and our Dorset-Based business team, organising agendas, papers and producing accurate minutes, progress chasing action plans, organising practitioner events, maintaining a Teams/SharePoint site and assisting with the updating of our website, Polices and Procedures.

Currently business team members are working from home, but it is expected that there will be some office-based working in the future, particularly as part of the induction programme. Meetings are currently being held by Teams predominantly.

This permanent role is funded by contributions from the 3 statutory partners in the Safeguarding Children Partnership, which is also a statutory function in line with government guidance set out in Working Together 2018.                

Essential Skills

  • Ability to plan and prioritise work, responding to ad hoc issues and emerging priorities.
  • Able to take detailed minutes and producing effective summaries of meeting outcomes/action, requiring strong literacy skills.
  • Strong IT and systems skills – Microsoft Office, SharePoint, web-based, Apps.
  • Confident, high level communication skills, together with the ability to form collaborative working relationships with colleagues in external agencies and to respond sensitively to challenging situations.
  • Good, basic knowledge of the safeguarding children context and multi-agency working.

Desirable Skills

  • An understanding of the issues and challenges arising from multi-agency partnership working.
  • High level of resilience, attention to detail, emotional intelligence and the ability to work calmly and methodically under pressure
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently, and as part of a team, to a high standard and demanding timescales

Please note that an enhanced DBS check will be required for this post.

Interviews will take place on 15th December 2021.

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For specific queries related to the post please contact Sue Jones, the Partnership Manager for the BCP area,