Job Description

Job overview

The safeguarding children team at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to recruit to the post of Specialist Practitioner Safeguarding Children. The suitable candidate will need to demonstrate previous safeguarding experience and the ability to deliver safeguarding supervision, advice and training to members of staff.

The vacancy is for 30 hours per week based predominantly at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, although the post is Trust wide and there will be a requirement to travel to the Trust sites at Winchester and Andover.

Shortlisting will be based on application criteria; however, consideration will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant and transferable experience.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced, supportive, and friendly team.  Applications are encouraged from professionals’ keen to develop their safeguarding children experience in an Acute Trust.

Main duties of the job

To provide safeguarding children advice, supervision and training to HHFT staff and support the Named professionals in ensuring the Trust meets its responsibilities to safeguard children.

The role includes completing individual management reviews as part of the serious case review process, implementation of learning from reviews and contributing to the work of safeguarding children board

For further information about the role please see job description.

Working for our organisation

This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced, supportive, and friendly team.

Our values help us in what we do and how we do it. It is important that you understand and use these values throughout your employment with the Trust to define and develop our culture.

The post holder will be:

  • Compassionate, caring about our patients.
  • Accountable and responsible, always looking to improve.
  • Respectful for all and show integrity in everything.

Encouraging and challenging each other to always do our best.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As a key member of the Trust’s Safeguarding Children Team, to contribute to the Trust’s provision of safeguarding services through:

  • Providing safeguarding children expertise, support, advice and supervision for all trust staff.
  • Facilitating multi-agency partnerships in order to promote an effective service for children and families, ensuring that information from other agencies, including Police and children services is relayed to staff as appropriate and action plans identified with them.
  • Providing regular safeguarding children supervision to community children nurses and therapists and paediatric medical staff working with families where there are child protection concerns.
  • Developing specific expertise in children’s health and development, child maltreatment and local arrangements for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Supporting the clinical governance role by ensuring that audits on safeguarding issues are part of the Trust’s clinical governance system.
  • Conducting internal case reviews on behalf of the Named Nurse, ensuring the resulting recommendations identified in the action plan are implemented.
  • Contributing to the safeguarding children training strategy, leading, facilitating and delivering the safeguarding children training within the Trust.

Working alongside the specialist nurse with responsibility for liaison, the safeguarding lead midwife and deputising for the Named Nurse as needed

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional degree-level qualification e.g. Registered Nurse/Registered Health Visitor/Registered Mental Health Nurse
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant post qualification/degree studies relating to safeguarding children
  • Post-qualification/degree teaching qualification, e.g. ENB 998


Essential criteria
  • Sufficient experience at band 7 – or equivalent level – (e.g. 2 years) in relevant setting to demonstrate in-depth experience
  • Specialist knowledge of local and national safeguarding legislation and procedures
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a specialist safeguarding role


Essential criteria
  • Significant experience of working with children and families with child protection issues
  • Significant experience of working with multi-agency partners in child protection