Job Description

About the role

  • Do you have specialist knowledge of safeguarding in schools or social work practice?
  • Are you passionate about the role of education settings and schools in safeguarding children?
  • West Northants Safeguarding in Education Service are looking for an experienced Education Safeguarding Team Manager to work full time based from One Angel Square, Northampton

The position is based at One Angel Square Northampton, however, the applicant may be expected to work at external sites, some homeworking may be available.

If you have any questions relating to this role please e-mail: Debbie Carrie

This role will cover the West Northants area.

What will you be doing?

  • Provide high quality safeguarding advice and support
  • Foster great professional relationships across schools and social care and other agencies
  • Gather and present complex information to both individuals and groups in a way they will understand
  • Follow procedures and practice while working independently
  • Deliver targeted safeguarding training to Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs), school staff and other multi agency colleagues
  • Represent the service at multi agency meetings
  • Prepare comprehensive reports for diverse audiences
  • Work with partners / other services to address a range of safeguarding related issues through conferences and network meetings e.g. neglect and child exploitation, in order to reduce the issues that lead to increased safeguarding concerns.



About you

It would be helpful if you have:

  • Degree or equivalent in Social Work/Teaching Qualification
  • You will be an experienced social worker, teacher or person with a similar relevant degree/professional qualification who has a strong background in schools, education or children’s social care.
  • You will have a detailed knowledge of working with schools and education colleagues as well as the interface between education and social care professionals. Some of your key skills will lie in developing great partnership relationships.
  • You will have extensive knowledge and experience of safeguarding children.

About us

We’re a new council, following one of the largest shake-ups in local government reform in recent history. As a new authority, we’re embarking on an exciting journey to deliver exceptional services for our residents, customers and communities.

Our vision at West Northamptonshire Council is ‘to make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive’. We truly stand by this and work hard every day to make this a reality. Our corporate values, THRIVE, stand for: Trust, High Performance, Respect, Innovate and Empower, they underpin everything we do and how we deliver services.

Hear more from our Chief Executive, Anna Earnshaw, about what it’s like to work at West Northants Council

At West Northants Council, it’s about our people. People who thrive with ambition, bubble with new ideas, demand better ways of working, caring about every detail, and who never shy away from a challenge. Our culture is a gateway for new experiences. A place to forge new opportunities. To empower you in your career and unite you with like-minded people.

When potential is unlocked, talent thrives.

Choose a career that offers you a true sense of achievement, fills you with pride and challenges you in a positive way, every day.

West Northants Council, where careers thrive.



Our benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, these include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement starting at 28 days annual leave per year, 29 days for senior managers (pro rata, depending on how many hours per week you work), plus bank holidays. An additional 5 days, linked to continuous service, and ability to purchase up to 6 weeks additional leave per year.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme plus immediate life cover (3 times your annual salary from day one) and ill-health protection.
  • Employee discounts with local and national retailers, days out, finance, health and beauty, travel and eating out plus lots more.
  • Car Lease scheme
  • Payment of professional subscription / membership – If your job description requires that you are registered with or are a member of a professional body, WNC will pay for your professional subscription or membership fees.
  • Employee Assistance Programme – We have an employee support programme run by Health Assured, an independent, external organisation. Health Assured is available for you and your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and includes telephone counselling, legal advice, bereavement support and medical information.
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities.
  • A variety of flexible working options to support your work/life balance, including full or part time, term time, 9-day fortnight, etc. (subject to business needs).
  • Our West Ways of Working – We want our workforce to thrive, and we equip our employees with the right technology to support hybrid and collaborative working, on or off site, depending on the role.
  • Making a difference – If you want to use your skills and experience with an organisation that are genuinely invested in making a difference, are committed to improving people’s lives, and whose success has a direct impact on the wellbeing of your family, friends and people in your local area, then West Northamptonshire Council is the place for you.

For more information: Designated Safeguarding Lead Jobs – 2023 |