Job Description

Safeguarding operational Lead (County Lines) is required for a Temporary (until 31/03/2025), Part time 22.5 hours (3 days) opportunity paying £50,674.42 (FTE) per annum, plus £3,033.56 London Allowance per annum (if applicable) with the British Transport Police (BTP). The location of the is flexible, as this is a national role, with regular travel and overnight stay.

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing. As Safeguarding operational Lead within the County lines Taskforce (CLTF) you will lead operationally and strategically, deputising for the Child Exploitation Subject Matter Expert when necessary and representing BTP as a senior lead at National forums. The role is critical to drive innovation and cultural change across the organisation to ensure that the strategic intentions to disrupt and prevent the exploitation of children and vulnerable adults are met and to coproduce and drive the CLTF safeguarding business plan to improve outcomes. A key tenet of the role is to ensure safeguarding is integral to operational policing activity, effective liaison with other agencies and decision making is robust and defensible.


As Safeguarding operational Lead (County Lines) you will be required to:

  • To drive the development of safeguarding expertise across the officer workforce as part of the Senior Leadership Team, equipping officers with the knowledge and expertise so that safeguarding is integral to their role as opposed to additional or separate.
  • Work at a strategic and operational national level to support multiagency partnership working to target identified locations, places and spaces (contextual safeguarding)
  • Deliver the operational safeguarding approach through the development and direction of strategic multiagency partnerships to county lines modern slavery, trafficking and exploitation in identified locations.
  • Provide subject matter expertise for, and collaborate with, senior officers and other leaders across the BTP to ensure safeguarding is integral to targeted operations and planned deployment, utilising relationships built with Local Safeguarding Children’s Partnerships.
  • Line manage and accountable for the performance of the Safeguarding Officers embedded within the County Lines Task Force ensuring the broader organisation have access to quick time safeguarding expertise and fast track safeguarding of children at risk; provide operational link across PP&V.
  • Identify and lead key development projects nationally with senior leads across a multitude of stakeholders including statutory, business, and non-profit organisations (e.g. Contextual Safeguarding, Safe Spaces, National Referral Mechanism Pilot areas) to disrupt exploitation and trafficking.


Further information about this vacancy can be found in the attached job description. The successful Safeguarding operational Lead (County Lines) will be required to evidence the following:

  • Extensive senior management experience in statutory safeguarding agencies working at an operational and strategic level.
  • Significant experience and subject matter expertise in the statutory investigation, prevention and protection of children and vulnerable young adults from extra-familial abuse including slavery, trafficking and exploitation in Local Authority and Police contexts.
  • Proven expertise in the creation of policy, guidance and training across large organisations.
  • Proven ability to lead change across organisations with evidence of successful implementation.
  • Experience of representing organisations as a member of local safeguarding boards and senior level partnership working to improve outcomes.
  • Experience of leading strategic responses to serious and critical incidents and managing reputational relationships.
  • Experience of translating data, research and learning into impactful training that drives improved outcomes.
  • Social Work Qualification and registration with Social Work England.
  • Further recognised Management/Leadership Training.
  • Evidenced ongoing CPD and/or equivalent development of learning/research.


If you are interested in applying to this Safeguarding operational Lead (County Lines) role then please do not delay as interviews will be held as soon as appropriate candidates are highlighted. In return for your experience, we can offer you:

  • Salary of £50,674.42 (FTE) per annum, plus £3,033.56 London Allowance per annum (if applicable)
  • Yearly base salary increments (subject to satisfactory performance in last PDR year)
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Flexible agile working approach
  • Working from home allowance available to purchase suitable equipment for blended & home working
  • Family friendly policies including up to 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave
  • Bespoke benefits platform and access to Blue Light Card
  • Development opportunities including fully funded apprenticeships
  • Employee assistance programme and dedicated wellbeing hub
  • Pension scheme


BTP is an employer who cares about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035.

At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. We use positive action to encourage potential candidates from underrepresented groups through targeted workshops or advice sessions.  If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

For more information on Positive Action please click here or email the team on

If you want to ask us any awkward or ‘obvious’ questions, if you are you unsure whether your personal circumstances are suitable but don’t know how to talk to us about it OR you have any questions about the application process, please email our friendly and helpful team where we will be happy to help you: If your question related to equality or diversity then you can also contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team directly at: To reassure you, anything you ask us will be in the strictest confidence and will not form part of your application.

In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 5 YEARS. You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.

BTP GPP Police Staff Pension Scheme is administered by Royal London and this is a group personal pension plan which is available to all police staff. It’s a defined contribution scheme, offering employees the flexibility to vary their pension contributions from 4.4% to 12% of their salary. For more information, visit the Royal London dedicated pension page or email us at

Please note if you are an existing member of Police Staff in the RPS your pension will not be affected.  

Internal candidates must have completed their probation for their current substantive posting and can only apply in tenure if Head of Department approval is emailed to prior to the vacancy closing. Internal candidates must confirm that they are not subject to formal action plans for sickness/complaints/discipline or poor performance and that all mandatory training courses have been attended and are in ticket/up to date. A minimum rating of 3 (performing) or a rating of U (no rating) must have been achieved on the last reporting year PDR.