Job Description

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK.

These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.


The Cultural Engagement Business unit has a portfolio of programmes and projects delivered across the British Council’s entire global network of 110 countries including the UK.It covers the following sectors:
•  Arts – visual arts; drama and dance; architecture, design and fashion; creative economy; cultural skills, culture and development; film; literature; music
•  Education – schools, skills and vocational education, higher education, science and research
•  Society – civil society and young people; social enterprise; justice security and stability; gender and inclusion

Cultural Engagement has a significant size portfolio of client-funded contracts from various HMG departments and the EU requiring a global approach to safeguarding implementation to client standards.  There is high profile reporting to these clients that needs to be globally coordinated and delivered through the Head of Safeguarding to manage our reputation.


This is an exciting opportunity to assist with the implementation of a new safeguarding framework across all Cultural Engagement programme delivery in line with the global Safeguarding strategy and policies. This role has been specifically created to support the Cultural Engagement Business Unit of the British Council one of two business units in the British Council.

There is already a foundation of good practice in relation to child protection in cultural engagement programmes, however, with a recent move by the British Council towards a more proactive wider safeguarding approach which includes adults at risk there is significant work to do to do in this area in partnership with the global safeguarding team.

Duties will include:

  • Manage and ensure comprehensive implementation of the safeguarding framework across all Cultural Engagement programmes and projects aligned to the global safeguarding policy, strategy
  • Create safeguarding tools and resources specifically for Cultural Engagement in partnership with the global safeguarding team to assist with risk identification, management and mitigation
  • Provide safeguarding advice, consultation and support to all Cultural Engagement programmes/delivery, projects and events, including the provision of specialist advice and support as required to embed safeguarding
  • Support and advise the regional/country/global safeguarding leads as required in relation to Cultural Engagement activity and safeguarding risk management.
  • Create and share safeguarding data reports and analysis of incidents and cases relating to concerns/issues within this business area to Cultural Engagement leadership team
  • Raise awareness of the new and increased safeguarding risk to programmes
  • Update the Cultural Engagement framework of support and guidance for programme managers and all staff


  • Experience of working in an international development/humanitarian context within in an international organization
  • A sound and demonstrable knowledge of child protection/safeguarding service delivery within international settings
  • Experience of delivering effective safeguarding engagement and learning initiatives
  • Demonstrate an understanding and in-depth knowledge of the global safeguarding agenda
  • Experience of project management within an international context
  • Have extensive experience of safeguarding risk management including safeguarding case management

Role Specific Skills            l

  • Partnership working across varied stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Data analysis, report writing and supporting the work of senior managers within a safeguarding setting
  • International service delivery – within a safeguarding/child protection setting
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Supporting new service delivery
  • Ability to be flexible and to work with all levels of seniority both internally and externally

What you will receive:
Outstanding Civil Service Pension Scheme
32 Days Holiday
Annual Travel Season Ticket Loan
Annual Performance related bonus
London weighting £3,300

Pay Band  8
Contract type: IndefinitieContract
Location:  Manchester, London, Belfast,Cardiff and Edinburgh