Job Description

Trust Safeguarding Lead

Location: Central Trust Office, Haverhill / Hybrid homeworking

Start date: As soon as possible

Salary: Grade 8 scp 40-45 £54,429 to £60,740 per annum (local government pension scheme, holiday entitlement starts at 25 days holiday per year plus bank holidays).

Contract type: Permanent, full time* (37 hours per week / 52 weeks per year)

  • Part time applicants will be considered, please specify preferred hours per week / weeks per year on application form.

We are excited to be expanding our current safeguarding team, where there is the opportunity to work with our current Trust Safeguarding Lead to continue to develop our support to schools and external networks.

As a team of Trust Safeguarding Leads you are thinking constantly about keeping children safe by working in partnership with colleagues and leading on the development of trust policy and practice to ensure safeguarding is effective across our trust.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and within Unity Schools Partnership the health, safety and well-being of every pupil is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors/trustees, and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. Building further on the strong work to date, you will develop and implement the trust’s safeguarding strategy to ensure that all our pupils and staff work within a compliant and robust culture of safeguarding.

You will provide a valuable support for headteachers, central trust staff and designated safeguarding leads within the trust if they are concerned about a child protection or safeguarding issue.

You will ensure that all staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to provide a safe environment for all pupils through the development and oversight of development and training programmes for key staff responsible for safeguarding. This will include using our MIS to identify contextual needs and CPD required.

You will work in conjunction with the wider system leadership, CEO, Directors of Education and wider executive team to secure excellence in safeguarding practice. You will support the trust’s safeguarding committee to report to the trust board under our robust and rigorous governance arrangements. You will lead our trust DSL network and as a proactive networker, you will promote and develop the trust’s local, regional, and national profile.

You will have a busy, demanding, and varied workload, so if you are a well organised person who thrives on a busy working environment where no two days are the same, we would love to hear from you. We would particularly welcome applications from individuals who are:

Experience of supporting all aspects of safeguarding and wellbeing to successfully meet the needs of pupils

Experience of training and coaching others in the leadership and management of safeguarding

You will have excellent organisational skills and will be able to build strong working relationships, as well as influence the work of others. You will also be flexible, self-motivated, and resilient. Able to multi-task, work hard and maintain high level of attention to detail when under pressure. Able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, as well as comfortable working independently. Some flexibility is required as you will sometimes need to work additional/alternative hours to cover any urgent issues that may arise.

We have a travel claims policy to ensure you are supported on travel requirements of the role.

Unity Schools Partnership is a Multi Academy Trust of 31 schools (33 this coming September) and is committed to growth and career development. The Trust is a values driven organisation which is characterised by ethical leadership, inclusion, excellent communication, endless ambition, strong relationships, and belief in success for all.

We believe that children’s potential should not be limited – no matter what their starting point and barriers to learning. We encourage pupils to strive constantly to gain independent learning skills and have the courage to take risks and develop personal responsibility in order to make a successful transition to adulthood. The collaboration amongst our family of schools, the Central Team structure and our expert advisers helps our teachers and schools to ‘smash through barriers’.

If you are ambitious and keen to work in a family of schools committed to these values, please consider applying for the post. For more information about Unity Schools Partnership please visit

Closing Date: 09.00 am, Wednesday 19 July 2023

Interview Date: Friday 21 July 2023

If you would like an informal discussion prior to submitting your application, please contact Rosemary Prince, Director of Education (Secondary) on or calling 07384 254851

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. We only accept applications submitted online via our careers website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and advise you check the job information as per the listing on our careers site.

In line with safer recruitment, we are unable to accept CVs. Failure to complete an application form satisfactorily may result in not being shortlisted for the post.

Unity Schools Partnership is committed to safer recruitment, equal opportunities, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.

We care deeply about inclusive working practices and diverse teams. If you’d prefer to work part-time or as a job-share, we’ll facilitate this wherever we can – whether to help you meet other commitments or to help you strike a great work-life balance. We’re keen to ensure we’re designing an organisation that works for everyone, so we particularly encourage applications from different under-represented groups.

Unity Schools Partnership, welcoming diversity.

For more information: Designated Safeguarding Lead Jobs – 2023 |