Safeguarding & Welfare Officer
We are seeking to appoint a Safeguarding & Welfare Officer to provide leadership, management and implementation of the Club’s safeguarding strategy, policy and procedures. The successful candidate will ensure a collaborative approach across the Club to the promotion of safeguards and the protection of children, young people and adults at risk both on and offline. They will also work in partnership with the FA, statutory agencies and other relevant organisations to report and manage concerns effectively and efficiently.
Job Title: Safeguarding & Welfare Officer
Employer: Lewes FC
Hours & Availability: 2.5 days/week with ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Location: Flexible/home-working with some hours at Lewes FC.
Remuneration: £26,000 pro rata (£13,000)
Role Responsibilities & Key Duties
Establish and implement good processes, policies and procedures
1. Implement, promote and review the Club’s safeguarding policies, procedures and best-practice guidelines.
2. Provide regular reports to the Club’s senior management team and Board of Directors, including the Safeguarding Champion.
3. Work closely with senior management to develop and implement safer recruitment and induction practices across the Club.
4. Give direction and guidance to staff in respect of safeguarding concerns, allegations and the Club’s whistleblowing policy.
5. Respond to poor practice concerns withing the Club and its pathway in line with disciplinary policy
6. Be the main point of contact with statutory and football authorities on safeguarding issues, sharing information where appropriate and developing strong partnerships.
7. Work in conjunction with the Player Liaison and Lifestyle Officer to promote and deliver the Clubs’ safeguarding and welfare objectives
Report, manage and log concerns
1. Develop strong relationships with coaches, especially in our pathway and support them with concerns or queries on safeguarding and wellbeing of players.
2. Work in partnership with colleagues, The FA, statutory agencies and other relevant organisations to report and manage concerns effectively and efficiently.
3. Address poor behaviours and raise standards in football, promote safeguarding and create a culture that celebrates good practise
4. Ensure all safeguarding and poor practice concerns are recorded in a robust system and securely retained in accordance with data protection legislation.
5. Maintain accurate, confidential and up to date records on all safeguarding concerns and allegations in line with Applicable Data Protection Laws.
6. Co-ordinate safeguarding visits, spot checks/audits on clubs throughout the season
Educate and raise awareness
1. Pro-actively promote and raise safeguarding awareness across the club including the men’s and women’s first teams and both pathway structures and with parents.
2. Be the Club’s lead source of safeguarding support, advice and expertise.
3. Attending regular safeguarding training and maintaining an up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and best practice.
4. Ensure staff/volunteers understand their individual responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable groups and respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns.
5. Ensuring staff engage with regular safeguarding education to ensure they develop and maintain the necessary skills and knowledge to safeguard in their role.
6. Arrange and deliver briefing workshops, in safeguarding topics such as anti-bullying, appropriate use of social media, code of conducts, to staff and players.
Set club-wide safeguarding and welfare standards and a culture that promotes positive mental and physical wellbeing.
1. Be an active participant on the club’s Mental Health and Wellbeing team, and support the implementation of the mental health strategy across the club.
2. Identify and implement ways to encourage and promote club values and positive behaviours across staff, first teams, coaching staff and pathway teams and coaches on both the men’s and women’s side.
Key Skills & Experience
- A professional background in child related work
- Ability to promote best practice and the importance of a safe environment.
- Knowledge and experience of working in safeguarding or child/adult protection and implementing policy and procedure with a understanding of what constitutes poor practice and what is abusive behaviour.
- Knowledge of safeguarding children legislation and statutory guidance and understanding of Local Authority statutory bodies.
- A person-centred approach and the ability to maintain this perspective.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to build meaningful, strong relationships with staff, players and parents/carers and deal constructively with people’s emotions (e.g. upset, distress, conflict, animosity).
- Experience of writing reports and compiling case file information.
- Capacity to handle confidential data/information sensitively.
- Ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Working understanding of inclusion, equality and anti-discrimination, safeguarding and best practice.
- Working knowledge of Whole Game System and other databases and Relationship Management systems (desirable)
Closing date: Friday 27th January 2023