Education Safeguarding Adviser
Fixed Term (2 years), Full Time
Up to £37,269 per annum - pay award pending
Location: Remote Working
Working Style: Community-based worker
Closing Date: 29th March 2023
Please note this is a fixed term opportunity for 2 years.
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.
Reporting to the Head of Education Safeguarding and Wellbeing, this is a countywide safeguarding role to support all Essex schools, EYCS and other settings. The post holder will support the provision of high-quality information, advice, and guidance to all settings and ECC Education staff in respect of safeguarding and child protection. They will work collaboratively with the Essex Safeguarding Children Board and a wide range of partners to drive safeguarding work across the county.
This role will work with settings and ECC staff to raise standards through appropriate support and challenge to build capacity and expertise and ensure safeguarding duties are met.
The postholder should have an in-depth knowledge of child protection and safeguarding statutory guidance, Level 3 safeguarding training, and experience of working with schools and other educational settings.
- Act as a source of professional information, advice, and guidance to education settings and ECC staff on safeguarding and protecting children from harm.
- Work collaboratively with key professionals to improve safeguarding outcomes for children in Essex.
- Contribute to the development of resources for education settings to support safeguarding work.
- Contribute to the development of a training and development programme for education settings to support consistent, quality delivery of level 2 training across all settings.
- Contribute to supporting education settings to raise standards through development of self-evaluation and undertaking safeguarding reviews of statutory responsibilities to ensure compliance with safeguarding requirements.
- Lead on the Education contribution to Multi-agency Case Audits (MACA).
- Support delivery of safeguarding briefings for education settings to ensure Designated Leads receive relevant information to support their role as safeguarding leads.
- Support developing resources for education settings on a range of safeguarding issues, including CE, domestic abuse, gangs and violence, honour-based abuse, child protection and harmful sexual behaviour.
- Maintain up-to-date in-depth knowledge and information on child protection and safeguarding matters to ensure Early Years settings and schools receive regular and relevant updates on important issues.
The Experience You Will Bring
- Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.
- Level 3 Safeguarding Training.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
- Deep understanding of child protection and safeguarding statutory guidance and procedures specifically in relation to education.
- Evidence of working with schools at a senior level, demonstrating a broad and in-depth knowledge of education.
- Proven track record of effective partnership working which is collaborative and influential in delivering advice and guidance.
- Exemplar leadership and behavioural skills with the ability to focus on results, forging a strong team from diverse backgrounds to achieve strategic objectives.
- Proven ability of proactively influencing, leading, and delivering major cultural and organisational change in a complex environment.
- To be able to communicate with a range of people at all levels.
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Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.
Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.
Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.
We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.
What you should do next
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
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