Job Description

  • Date: 16-Feb-2021
  • Location: London, UKM, GB Manchester, UKM, GB Edinburgh, UKM, GB Belfast, UKM, GB Cardiff, UKM, GB
  • Company: British Council

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


You must have the legal right to work in the UK


If you feel that you are suitable and would like to be considered for this role, please apply before 23:59 UK time on the 2nd March 2021.

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality Statement

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


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