Pearson is at the forefront of online schooling and tutoring. Today, the company operates two UK curriculum full-time online private schools: Harrow School Online and Pearson Online Academy UK Global . And we are excited to have been chosen as a Tuition Partner for the Government’s national catch-up service: the National Tutoring Programme.
To support our ever-growing range of online educational services, with learners and teachers based around the world, we are looking for an ambitious, experienced and passionate Safeguarding Manager. You will be working with the DSLs in each of our online school’s/ tutoring services, providing them with best practice guidance and training, and acting as a point of escalation. You will also be sharing your safeguarding knowledge and support other Pearson ventures.
You will report to the VP of Online Learning and work closely with our Global Director of Safeguarding. The role will be rewarding and frequently challenging but you will be fully supported. We believe that this exciting role is a truly unique opportunity. You will be working at the very forefront of global online safeguarding, often working in unchartered safeguarding territory. Plus, you will get to work from home as much as you want!
WHAT YOUR DAYS WILL LOOK LIKE
• Coordinating with the Safeguarding Leads in Pearson’s various online schools/ services
• Assessing online safeguarding risks and developing ways to mitigate them
• Responding to serious incidents of abuse or harassment of learners
• Liaising with external safeguarding partners including (but not limited to) schools, Children’s Services, the police, and relevant government bodies in the UK and overseas
• Finding key safeguarding contacts in government bodies/ agencies in key countries around the globe, and maintaining an updated knowledge of their safeguarding requirements
• Managing and presenting metrics and preparing dashboards and executive reports as required
• Overseeing safeguarding training programmes, and delivering some
• Managing the single central register and ensuring that all staff are appropriately trained
• Developing safeguarding as a value-add to all our products and services • Understanding what customers want in relation to safeguarding
• Maintaining and updating relevant safeguarding policies and guidance documents
• Keeping up-to-date with, and implementing, new guidance, information, legislation and best practice; and ensuring that all staff are kept up-to-date.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE ROLE
Skills & Experience
• 5+ years’ experience as a DSL or DDSL, or in a similar safeguarding leadership role such as at an NGO, sport or charity, in a setting with UK-based learners of school age
• A comprehensive understanding of UK safeguarding legislation, safeguarding issues and best practice
• A strong understanding of online risks to learners and experience in mitigating them
• Significant experience writing robust and practical safeguarding policies and procedures, and managing their successful implementation
• Experience creating and managing safeguarding training for staff
• Experience managing the delivery of safeguarding services to learners
• A UK teaching qualification. Competencies
• You will have the personal gravitas to inspire confidence in, and influence, others.
• You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• You will have the ability to work with tact and diplomacy in dealing with a diverse range of learners and adults
• You will be methodical, with good attention to detail and experience in meeting deadlines and delivering high quality work
• You will be a self-starter, have a positive, collaborative attitude and be flexible in your approach to work.
WORKING HOURS AND LOCATION
The role is permanent and full-time: 37.5 hours a week. You will be working from home full-time, although there is the opportunity, COVID restrictions permitting, to work in the London office at times, if you would like.
YOUR REWARD AND BENEFITS We will expect a lot and we know you will do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business! Our workplace programmes meet the different needs of our diverse teams and their families too:
• 25 days holiday, plus 1 additional day’s holiday per year you work with us, capped at 30 days.
• Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.
• Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.
• Stock/ share purchase options.
• Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family.
We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews regularly, so we encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 25th May, but we retain the right to interview suitable applicants and appoint before the deadline. A cover letter should accompany your CV, outlining how you are suited for this role. The selection process and interview questions will relate to the details given in this job description.
You will be asked to explain any discrepancies or anomalies in the information you have provided either on the application form or in your covering letter, as well as any issues arising from references, which we will take up in advance of your interview.
Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience. We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity. The information you provide will stay confidential and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.
START DATE As soon as possible.
SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
Pearson is committed to safeguarding, protecting and promoting the welfare of children and you must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an enhanced DBS. At interview, we will ask questions about child protection procedures and your suitability to work with children. All staff must comply with our Child Protection Policy Statement. In addition, the position will be offered subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and proof of qualifications.
Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company