Job Description

Pay Scale: QUEST Grade F/G (subject to qualifications & experience)
Current Base – QUEST – UCS, BOLTON
Start Date: As soon as possible
Hours: Full time (37 hours) Term time plus 4 week

Job Description:

Pastoral & Welfare Lead


QUEST is a values-led organisation comprising of Christian,

and community Primary Schools, and a Secondary School with UTC provision. All staff are expected to support the Trust’s ethos and our ‘Spirit of Purpose’.

Job purpose:

To be the operational Safeguarding Lead for the school, a trained Designated Safeguarding Lead and work closely and report to the Senior Leadership Team of the school.

To lead on, and manage, the development of the whole school pastoral care, guidance and support plan in order to achieve the school’s mission of excellence and ensure the continuous progress and development of students.

To provide a comprehensive coverage of daily operations including welfare, safety and oversight of pastoral care including punctuality, attendance, behaviour and achievement.

To offer support to students for the mental and physical welfare, encouraging positive attitudes and behaviour around the school.

As Pastoral and Welfare Lead you will play a vital role in the running of systems that provide care, behavioural, social and emotional support for students.

As an employee of Quest, staff maybe required to work at any school within the Trust.

Reporting to:

Director of Education/Principal/Senior Leadership Team

Liaising with:

Principal, Senior Leadership Team, other members of staff – teaching and support staff, LA, parent/carers

Grade of post:

QUEST GRADE F/G (Salary scale to qualifications and experience)
Disclosure level:

Professional Responsibilities

School Ethos

Work with colleagues in creating, inspiring and promoting excellence at all levels.

Uphold the culture and ethos of the Trust, ensuring school environments for teaching and learning that empower both staff and children to achieve their highest potential and be their best selves.

Attend and participate in events intrinsic to the daily life of the schools and Trust, celebrating success at every opportunity.

Actively support the Trust’s policies relating to equality and diversity, inclusion and safeguarding, health and well-being, confidentiality and social networking.

Key Responsibilities

  • To oversee the school pastoral care function in order to achieve the aims and objectives which are relevant to the needs of the school and students.
  • To develop and implement appropriate strategies for the pastoral care function within the school and to contribute to the whole school development plan and improvement strategies and processes.
  • To be responsible for the management, operation and deployment of the pastoral support team.
  • To lead on the development and implementation of relevant school policies and procedures in relation the pastoral care function.
  • To ensure the highest professional standards are maintained within the Pastoral Support Team in communication with parents and outside agencies.
  • To work with other members of the Extended Leadership Team to formulate aims, objectives and strategic plans for the pastoral area.
  • To be responsible for the monitoring, analysis, implementation and evaluation of appropriate strategies for all aspects of student pastoral care and behaviour and attendance
  • Responsible for attendance and analysis
  • Communicate the Trust and school vision compellingly and support leadership with pastoral, behaviour and attendance
  • Build positive relationships with all members of the school community, showing positive attitudes to them
  • To take a strategic lead in areas regarding community relations
  • To mentor and supervise students when required, including social times
  • To contribute to the development of effective links with partner schools, businesses and the community attending where necessary liaison events in school, partner schools and the wider community and communicate effectively with them
  • To develop, implement and maintain appropriate information and recording systems to provide management reports as required
  • To ensure that the principles of care, guidance and support are there to impact on pupil/student attainment
  • Implement school Care and Guidance procedures and to ensure adherence to those as delegated by the Principal
  • Communicate as appropriate, with the parents of students and with persons or bodies outside the school concerned with the welfare of individual students, after consultation with the appropriate staff
  • Encourage a culture of listening to children among all staff, ensuring that children’s/young people’s feelings are heard where the school puts measures in place to protect them
  • To accompany teaching staff and pupils/students on visits, trips and out of school activities and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the teacher as may be reasonably directed


  • To be the first point of contact for staff members for all Safeguarding concerns and act as a source of support, expertise and advice to staff
  • To initiate and coordinate referrals to social care, attending and contributing reports for relevant meetings and keeping careful records of actions, liaising with school staff.
  • To work with the Senior Leaders, in developing, co-ordinate and delivering training to school staff, including induction and refresher training and updating relevant policies, procedures and guidance as necessary.
  • To respond in a timely manner to safeguarding concerns to ensure pupils are kept safe from harm.
  • To pro-actively work with parents / carers and other agencies through joint planning and monitoring of their arrangements for the safeguarding of children.
  • To work with class teachers, staff and other agencies to secure good outcomes for children and families especially those pupils who are deemed vulnerable including those with a formal plan (Child protection or CiN or are LAC)
  • To report to the Schools Designated Safeguarding Lead (Principal) on all safeguarding concerns to ensure they retain oversight of Safeguarding within the school.
  • Support staff who make referrals to local authority children’s social care.
  • Support staff who make referrals to the Channel programme.
  • To have overall responsibility for keeping detailed, accurate and secure written child protection documentation
  • Encourage good practice by promoting and championing the school’s safeguarding and child protection policy and procedures and ensure staff can access and understand the policy and procedures.
  • Respond appropriately to disclosures or concerns which relate to the well-being of a child and provide alerts to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) (Principal) when these happen.
  • Maintain accurate, confidential and up-to-date documentation on all cases of safeguarding and child protection and provide reports where required.
  • Work directly with children in need and their families in the community in order to promote, strengthen and develop the potential of parents/carers to support children in order to prevent children suffering significant harm or becoming looked after.
  • Liaise with statutory agencies and ensure they have access to all necessary information to make sound judgements and decisions about vulnerable pupils’ welfare.
  • Act as lead professional and coordinate meetings, when appropriate
  • Ensure that vulnerable pupils who are victims of abuse and maltreatment are supported appropriately and sensitively and that all agreed actions are successfully carried out and monitored
  • Collate and produce statistical and other information for the Board and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board with regards to safeguarding and child protection.
  • Attend and participate in Child Protection Conferences and Planning and Review meetings, some of which may take place out of normal working hours, working closely with colleagues in Children’s Services as required
  • Contribute to professional assessments of need and risk in respect of parents and carers using the Local Authority procedures for children in need and significant harm.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times, and ensure appropriate confidentiality is maintained by all staff during safeguarding processes.
  • Complete Trust Safeguarding/pastoral reports for LAC and Board in line with the schedule
  • To meet with the Trust Safeguarding Lead on a regular basis and participate in practice audits.


  • Contribute to the Personal Development Curriculum according to the Trust and School Policy
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of events to promote student and staff wellbeing across the school.
  • Provide guidance and advice to pupils/students on educational and social matters, including information about sources of more expert advice on specific questions, making relevant records and reports
  • Make records of and reports on the personal and social needs of pupils/students
  • To ensure the highest professional standards are maintained within the Pastoral Support Team in communication with parents and outside agencies.
  • Contribute to relevant school policies (e.g. Safeguarding, Behaviour, Relationship Education, Anti Bullying etc.) and strategic planning as required by the Principal.
  • Prepare, monitor and update annual pastoral plans in consultation with colleagues.
  • See safeguarding section.

Performance Management and Professional Development

  • Embrace and actively take part in the ‘Spirit of Purpose’, fulfilling obligations to maintain and continue professional development in line with the QUEST expectations.
  • To commit to the specified number of hours of professional development each year and have drive and passion to evolve and improve as a committed staff member.
  • Take a shared responsibility for your own continuing professional development by participating in a range of appropriate professional development opportunities.
  • Disseminate information from professional development activities undertaken and ensure colleagues receive feedback from monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Actively engage with the annual performance management review process, in accordance with the Trust’s policy and national guidance.
  • Use the Trust’s digital approach to capture and share your expertise and that of your team, for the benefit of your subject across all the Trust’s schools.
  • To be passionate, committed to improve your own abilities and those of others you interact with, either student or staff.
  • Be the embodiment of our values in action and stay true to our core moral purpose, to unlock the potential of all.

To sign and uphold the Trust’s Code of Conduct and ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times.

Maintaining a secure, healthy and risk free environment for students, staff and visitors.

The job description encompasses the above statements and is not necessarily a comprehensive definition. The post holder should be willing to undertake any other tasks that Senior Staff might reasonably require
QUEST is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service is required prior to appointment.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £23,863.00-£31,017.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday

Application deadline: 11/05/2022

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