Job Description

Core Purpose

We are are seeking to appoint a Safeguarding Officer to join the team supporting the past file review and the operation of its Child Protection across the UK. The post is at Gilwell Park, London.

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 and progressing safeguarding concerns emerging from review of past cases.


Key Accountabilities

  • Assess safeguarding allegations made against those involved in Scouting’s work including young people
  • Assess 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


Before making an application please ensure that you have read the Recruitment and selection policy.

In order for us to monitor the application of our Equal Opportunities policy, we would be grateful if you would also complete the Recruitment Monitoring questions on the Application Form.

If you would to discuss the role in more detail, please contact

Please read the full application pack before applying.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 March 2021

Interviews will be held on 24 March 2021