Job Description

The starting salary for this role is £50,942 per annum based on a 36-hour working week.

We are excited to be hiring a new Safeguarding Advisor to join our fantastic Waverley Locality team. The team is based in Godalming and hybrid working is available, with a requirement for a minimum of 2 days per week on site, based on a full-time worker.

The team has a great retention rate, with many staff being with us for over 10 years. New starters regularly feedback how friendly, approachable and supportive the team are. The team has a strong emphasis on working together, reflective practice and career development.

Rewards and Benefits:

  • 26 days’ holiday (prorated for part time staff), rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service and 30 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Option to buy up to 10 days of additional annual leave.
  • An extensive Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support health and wellbeing.
  • Up to 5 days of carer’s leave per year.
  • Paternity, adoption and dependents leave.
  • A generous local government salary related pension.
  • Lifestyle discounts including gym, travel, shopping and many more.
  • 2 paid volunteering days plus 1 team volunteering day per year.
  • Learning and development hub where you can access a wealth of resources.

About the Team

The Waverley Locality Team support individuals and carers, throughout the Waverley area, with social care needs, due to their physical health. We are a large team, with over sixty practitioners, made up of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Managers (5), Senior Social Workers, Social Workers, Senior Social Care Assistants, Social Care Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Administrators. We are organised into Duty, Allocations, Occupational Therapy and Administration. We are based in beautiful, leafy Godalming, with our office situated alongside a stream.

About the Role

The post of Locality Safeguarding Advisor brings an exciting opportunity for professionals to help frontline teams embed the principles of ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ agenda and the rollout of changes brought about by the Care Act.

You will lead on the development of safeguarding practice in the teams and with partner agencies. You will be able to provide safeguarding advice, guidance and chair safeguarding meetings. In addition, you will contribute to the development and implementation of the Safeguarding Strategy ensuring all practice is fully in line with the multi-purpose training programme offered by the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board. You will receive supervision from the Locality Team Manager and professional supervision from the Senior Manager for Safeguarding and you will be supported to undertake relevant training to the role.

Shortlisting Criteria

To be considered for shortlisting for this position, your application will clearly evidence the following:

  • You must hold a professional Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Nursing or other relevant qualification and be registered with a professional body.
  • You will need to have a significant working knowledge of the current statutory framework for health and social care provision and relevant legislation and experience of coordinating safeguarding enquires.

The ability to travel as needed is a key requirement for this role allowing you and us to deliver an effective service. We are dedicated to inclusivity and will consider reasonable adjustments to ensure all candidates can fulfil this requirement. In applying you will have an opportunity to share how you meet this requirement and/or outline any reasonable adjustments you might require supporting you.

Contact us

Please contact us for any questions relating to the role. This could be to discuss flexible working requests, transferable skills or any barriers to employment.

For an informal discussion please contact Robert Pryde-Jarman, Team Manager on 01483 519410.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 05/05/2024 with interview dates to be confirmed.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:

  • The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
  • The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form

Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.