Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a Safeguarding Officer to join our team based in Gilwell Park, London. We will offer you a competitive salary of £36,712 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:

You will join the team working on safeguarding, welfare and vetting cases as part of the delivery of Safe Scouting across the UK. 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:

  • Assessing safeguarding allegations made against those involved in Scouting’s work including young people
  • Assessing the suitability of leaders where adverse information is shown on disclosure checks
  • Operating within statutory guidance (UK Wide) in relation to adults who hold a Position of Trust
  • Providing 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 9
  • Supporting risk assessment/procedures for ending period of suspension/ensuring suitability regarding adult and youth members
  • Assessing all concerns received relating to ‘children in need’: bullying, self-harm, and welfare concerns
  • Requirement to be on-call for the Safeguarding emergency out of hours service and to work out of hours
  • Helping to run and present at volunteer manager training days across the UK

What we are looking for in our Safeguarding Officer:

  • Maintaining strategic partnerships with other agencies
  • Good use of Information Technology
  • Good attention to detail and accurate office administration
  • Advising on a range of child protection, safeguarding and ‘children in need’ issues
  • Experience in making referrals to statutory agencies
  • Experience in communicating with parents and carers regarding complex situations
  • The post holder may be required to travel within the UK and internationally

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: 11:59pm on Tuesday 29 November 2022

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.