Family Safeguarding Officer
Purpose of the job:
To take a lead role in providing a high quality and effective safeguarding and pastoral support across the academy, maintaining accurate records and working with staff, pupils, parents and external agencies to ensure appropriate plans and strategies are in place to support pupils and their families.
Duties and responsibilities:
- To provide high quality support to families, vulnerable children and young people across the academy community;
- To liaise with social workers and other relevant support agencies to ensure that all families, vulnerable children and young people receive the care and protection they require;
- To liaise and feedback to senior leaders and AAB members as appropriate;
- To ensure that all child protection plans are maintained and implemented;
- To attend: Multi-agency meetings
Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference
Child in Need Meetings
Child Protection Meetings
Common Assessment Framework Meetings;
- To lead and support the Common Assessment Framework and Early Help meetings to deliver outcomes for children ensuring good partnership working and active care planning to achieve a holistic approach;
- To ensure that the care plans relating to looked after children are actively managed and reviewed to ensure the delivery of high quality outcomes;
- To engage effectively with children, developing trust and rapport, so that they are cared for appropriately;
- To include children in the care planning process through the use of excellent practice;
- To use the tools of supervision, reflection, consultation, continuing professional development, and the use of research evidence and best practice to broaden and deepen skills and experience and to set high standards of professional practice;
- To network with other agencies and professionals in developing effective partnerships in the delivery of care packages and support to children and young people;
- To take responsibility for understanding and developing these networks and their potential role in the delivery of care;
- To adopt and deploy a self-motivated and creative approach, actively managing a caseload in an efficient and effective way clearly assessing needs and planning services;
- To seize opportunities and manage risks in a clear, thoughtful and considered way within the trust’s/academy’s frameworks and policies and those of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board;
- To adopt and deploy good negotiation and communication skills across a wide range of partners and colleagues;
- To act as an effective team player, supportive of colleagues and collaborative in style, across the whole academy;
- To employ good technical knowledge as required by the role, e.g. legal knowledge, knowledge of policies and procedures, the roles and responsibilities of partners;
- To be willing and able to develop this knowledge and technical ability as part of continuing professional development;
- To develop efficient office based skills including effective and timely recording, use of the ICT systems and the development of timely correspondence and other aspects of communication to reduce the risk to children;
- To ensure strict confidentiality in all areas of work;
- To work and process personal and sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018;
- To ensure work is conducted in a way that protects the safety and security of information (e.g. strong passwords, reporting breaches, securing paper records, securely disposing of records);
- To understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately;
- To comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.
To undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.
Personal Contacts :
External: Contractors, suppliers, parents, external agency professionals, other government and local authority staff, other staff from academies and schools.
Internal: Children, staff, AAB members, parents and other visitors to the academy.
This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the Academy.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.
Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
- A recognised and relevant professional qualification (e.g. NVQ3) and/or equivalent practical work experience (A/I/C)
- GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent, in Maths and English (A/I/C)
- Willingness and ability to obtain and/or enhance qualifications and/or training for development in this post. (A/I)
- Good knowledge of relevant legislation (A/I)
- Working knowledge of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection (A/I)
- Good communication skills both oral and written, especially with children (A/I)
- Good ICT skills (A/I)
- Be well-organised and efficient (A/I)
- An ability to work constructively as part of a team (A/I)
- An open, honest and transparent approach (A/I)
- A customer service ethos (A/I)
- A commitment to abide by and promote the academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people (A/I)
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)