Job Description

Who we are:

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. Since 1962, we’ve been transforming lives, changing attitudes and helping to create a society that works for autistic adults and children.

We transform lives by providing support, guidance and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Autistic people turn to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work.

We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

We have come a long way but it is not good enough. There is still so much to do to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for people on the spectrum. With your help, we can make it happen.

Who we are looking for:

An exciting opportunity has become available at The National Autistic Society for a Safeguarding Lead and Nominated Individual position.

As the Safeguarding Lead and Nominated Individual, you will be the source of specialist advice and expertise on all safeguarding matters for Adults, Children and Young People across the organisation, as well as being the Nominated Individual responsible for regulatory compliance. You will promote good practice and effective communication.

This role has significant responsibility due to the size of the organisation and the wide variety of service provision, which includes adult residential and day care provision as well as 7 schools and children’s residential services.

What we can offer you:

  • Pension scheme.
  • 25 days annual leave.
  • Excellent induction, training and development programme including training about autism and opportunities to attend our conferences.
  • Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits (cycle to work scheme, season ticket loan).
  • Access to a 24-hour employee assistance programme.

This is a permanent contract.

To view the job description please click here.

Where you will be based:

Home-Based. Travelling will be required for this role.

How to apply:

  • To apply for this role please click the Apply button below
  • When providing a supporting statement, please refer to the job description and person specification and include any information that shows your suitability for the role.
  • For more information about this job please contact Georgina Ivory, HR Coordinator on

Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.

The National Autistic Society is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

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