Job Description

  • Job Title: Safeguarding Lead
  • Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, UK (some working from home available)
  • Salary: £32,000 per annum (£12,800 actual)
  • Hours: 15 Hours per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 29th September 2021
  • Interview date: 6th October 2021


About the Position

YMCA DownsLink Group provides services to vulnerable children, young people & adults across Sussex and into Surrey, our offer includes supported accommodation for single homeless and young families, counselling in schools and community settings, advice work, youth work and specialist projects such as WiSE (What is Sexual Exploitation).

This role sits within the organisations safeguarding team supporting staff to manage the growing complexity of our service users, to better support the management of safeguarding activity and multi-agency interventions around earliest help and escalation of risk to statutory agencies.

Role Responsibilities

  • Support YMCA DLG’s Safeguarding Strategy and delivery of the safeguarding operational plan working closely with managers to ensure best practice in terms of training, policy and processes.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge on legislation, policy and recognised best practice, regarding the protection of children and adults at risk.
  • Ensure YMCA DLG policies and procedures are kept up to date to reflect current legislation and best practice, in agreement with YMCA DLG’s Safeguarding Forum and with the approval of trustees.

Key Requirements

  • Experience of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • Experience of attending multi-agency meetings to present information,
  • Experience in supporting service development and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Diploma in social work or relevant qualification with significant safeguarding experience
  • Full driver’s licence and access to a car

Working pattern: 15 hours per week (one day must be a Wednesday – hours could be split over three days)

The position comes with excellent benefits, including 27 days annual leave per annum (plus bank holidays), a company sick pay scheme, a life assurance policy of 2x your annual salary, a health and wellbeing cash plan, and a cycle to work scheme. Please download a job pack for more information about other benefits offered.

Further Information

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding paid opportunities or to request another application format: please email

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How to Apply

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