Job Description

The Scout Association

We have an exciting opportunity for a Safeguarding Officer to join the team working on safeguarding, welfare and vetting cases as part of the delivery of Safe Scouting across the UK. The post is based at Gilwell Park, London. In return, we will offer you a competitive salary of £36,026 per annum.

We’re Scouts and everyone’s welcome here – all genders, races and backgrounds. Right across the UK, we help over 400,000 young people aged 4-25 gain skills for life and find their place in the world. We help them speak up, play their part and shine bright.

The Safeguarding Officer Role:

As part of the Safeguarding Team, you will be responsible for giving support and advice to local volunteer managers in responding to concerns or complaints affecting the safety and welfare of young people, for progressing safeguarding concerns and making the necessary referrals to statutory agencies where required.

Key responsibilities as our Safeguarding Officer:

  • Assess safeguarding allegations made against those involved in Scouting’s work including young people
  • Assess the suitability of leaders where adverse information is shown on disclosure checks
  • To operate within statutory guidance (UK wide) in relation to adults who hold a Position of Trust
  • Provide support and guidance to senior volunteer managers to enable them to implement a local response to concerns and allegations regarding adults and young people in Scouting, including supporting the suspension process
  • Make referrals to statutory or professional agencies in respect of allegations against adults and young people in Scouting
  • Support risk assessment/procedures for ending period of suspension/ensuring suitability regarding adult and youth members
  • Assess all concerns received relating to ‘children in need’: bullying, self-harm, and welfare concerns
  • Inform and advise the parents/carers of children subject to referrals
  • Attend multi agency meetings
  • Requirement to be on-call for the Safeguarding emergency out of hours’ service and to work out of hours
  • Help to run and present at volunteer manager training days across the UK

What we are looking for in our Safeguarding Officer:

  • Relevant experience and/or professional qualification in safeguarding/child protection
  • Knowledge of the Scout Movement and its operational structures
  • Understanding, acceptance of fundamental values of Scouting
  • Knowledge of the Disclosure Bodies’ processes
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to undertake assigned tasks within deadlines
  • Able to work within a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Advising on a range of child protection, safeguarding and ‘children in need’ issues
  • Experience of making referrals to statutory agencies
  • Experience of communicating with parents and carers regarding complex situations
  • Maintaining strategic partnerships with other agencies
  • Use of Information Technology
  • Attention to detail and accurate office administration
  • Ability to make risk assessments

What we can offer you as our Safeguarding Officer:

  • 25 days holiday and going up to 28 days after 2 years’ service and 32 days after 5 years’ service
  • Additional holidays between Christmas & New Year
  • Life Assurance
  • Simply Health Scheme
  • Generous Pension Scheme
  • Free car parking

We are proud to be a family-friendly employer and offer…

  • Up to four personal days paid leave a year
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Flexible working hours
  • Store Discount at our Scout Store + other online benefits
  • Study and volunteer leave

Closing date: Sunday 5th December 2021, 23:59

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join our fantastic team! Click ‘Apply’ now!

The Scouts is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to diversity and actively seeking applicants from a wide range of backgrounds.

Strictly no agencies.


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