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Multi-sited, although based at Gravesend
£25,600 per annum pro rata
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Full Time (Term Time)
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Welfare Safeguarding Officer (WSO) – Dec 2022.pdf
Job description

Welfare & Safeguarding Officer (WSO)

Where you’ll work: The role is considered to be single-sited, based at either our Hadlow (including Greenwich), or Gravesend campuses. However, the nature of the work may require travelling to any of the College’s campuses as required.

Your pay: £25,600 per annum pro rata + enhanced holiday pay.

Your hours: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday / 40 weeks per annum

Your employment: Full Time / Term Time and permanent.


Here at NKC, we are currently looking for a passionate, conscientious, and driven individual to join our Welfare & Safeguarding team as a Welfare & Safeguarding Officer (WSO).


WSO’s at NKC are the first point of contact to support and provide short-term intervention for learners who experience barriers to their learning, responding to safeguarding needs (as the main designated safeguarding lead on campus) and escalating issues efficiently, where appropriate. Our WSO’s work with a wide variety of curriculum areas and learners, prioritising their safety both inside and outside of College, to ensure everyone achieves success in their respective courses.


The successful candidate will have demonstratable experience in a similar role, working with vulnerable students and safeguarding young people. In addition to a Level 3 (or higher qualification) in a sector relevant qualification and Level 2 in Maths & English. Whilst a Level 4 qualification in teaching, youth work, social work or learner support is desirable, this is not an essential requirement for applicants.


The WSO will be an excellent communicator, with the ability to foster positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. In addition to experience, WSO’s will have excellent knowledge of relevant legislation in safeguarding and pastoral provisions.


No two days as an WSO are the same and being a resilient, agile individual is essential to success in this role. If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, apply now!


This role is a full-time / term time only role, across 40 weeks per year, the successful candidate can look forward to excellent benefits such as enhanced holiday pay, enrolment onto the Local Government Pension Scheme which includes life assurance, free parking, and access to a range of onsite facilities, including a restaurant, gym and coffee shop.


The closing date for applications is Sunday, 29 January 2023.


North Kent College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and all staff have a responsibility to share and maintain this commitment. In line with the requirements of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, appropriate safeguarding checks (including an enhanced DBS check) will be undertaken on all individuals selected for appointment. Posts at the College, a specified establishment where the work gives opportunity for contact with children, are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. It is an offence to apply for a post which involves engaging in regulated activity relevant to children if you are barred from doing so. Please be advised that, again in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, shortlisted candidates (who wish to accept an invite to interview) will be required to complete and submit prior to their interview a self-declaration of their criminal record or information that would make them unsuitable to work with children. Further guidance / information from the Ministry of Justice can be found on GOV.UK.

For more information: Safeguarding Jobs – 2022 |