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Job Vacancy | Designated Safeguarding Officer

The football club are looking to recruit a Designated Safeguarding Officer.

27 September 2021

Weston Homes Stadium Joe Dent / theposh.com
Weston Homes Stadium

Peterborough United looking to recruit a Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Job Title: Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)

Main purpose of job: You will also be responsible for all safeguarding at Peterborough United Football Club.

The Designated Safeguarding Officer role is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and ensure all staff and volunteers, parents and parents/children understand their role in the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk.

Responsible to: The Senior Safeguarding Manager (SSM)

Main tasks of job:

As a full time Designated Safeguarding Officer, you will have the primary responsibility for managing and reporting safeguarding concerns and for putting into place policies and procedures and continually monitoring these to safeguard young people and adults at risk across the entire organisation. You will be required to perform each of the following duties; however this document is a guide only and should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in changing needs or the organisation. All employees are required to undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required.

o As a subject matter expert, you are responsible for ensuring you are conversant with relevant legislation, policies and procedures and an awareness of best practice externally and using this to make changes and recommendations.

o To work closely with the part time Designated Safeguarding Officers across the organisation to create a positive safe environment. · To develop, implement and review safeguarding policies and processes to ensure they meet legislation, guidance and are relevant. · Co-ordinate the dissemination of policy, procedures and awareness throughout the organisation.

o Work with Human Resources to deliver the safeguarding strategy, safeguarding induction and training for staff.

o To work in accordance with the English Football League (EFL) safeguarding standards and audited practices.

o You will be the main point of contact for audit procedures (EFL, Barnardo’s, Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) and any others as required).

o Record, manage and investigate all reported safeguarding concerns, managing the caseload appropriately.

o Report to the Board of directors regularly on organizational safeguarding and Duty of Care matters, including highlighting areas of risk/concern, identifying areas of poor practice/areas for improvement, and providing analysis of numbers and types or safeguarding concerns/disclosures, complaints, and bullying incidents within the organisation.

o Ensure that all policies relating to safeguarding and welfare are signed off by the Board annually or when required due to a change in legislation or practice.

o Play a lead role in developing and establishing the organisation’s approach to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.

o Ensure safeguarding standards are met and maintained.

o Manage the electronic case management system for recording and tracking concerns and allegations pertaining to the safety and welfare of children and adults at risk.

o Deliver Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to other DSO’s, coaches, volunteers and parents and or guardians.

o Be the main point of contact and provide expert advice for all Peterborough United safeguarding concerns for internal and external individuals and appropriate agencies.

o Report and refer to external agencies child protection/poor practice in line with policy guidance advised by EFL/FA.

o Oversee the DBS checks, barring referrals, risk assessments and the Single Central Record (SCR)

o Work closely with the Peterborough United Academy to ensure the safeguarding ethos is embedded and support with player care and scholar accommodation.

o Ensure a person-centred approach is taken no matter what the issue is, provide support and sign posting where required.

o To support the Peterborough United values, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and our Safeguarding policies in every aspect of your work and positively promote the principles of these policies amongst colleagues, stakeholders, service users and other members of the community.

o To represent Peterborough United at external multi agency safeguarding meetings, creating new links with external statutory and voluntary agencies. · Confidentiality is important within our business, understanding the need for boundaries and privacy is paramount.

Core Knowledge & Skills:

o Relevant professional qualification in Safeguarding/welfare/education.

o Valid Driving Licence and ability to travel independently as this is required by the role.

o The ability to work some evenings and weekends to meet the needs of the business.

o This role requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Records Check (CRC). Applicants will be asked about any previous convictions, cautions, reprimands that are not ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975) (Amended 2013 and 2020). Special Skills and Knowledge: 

o Demonstrable safeguarding and support planning in sport/community/education.

o Previous experience of safeguarding case management/referrals/escalation/risk management.

o Appreciation and experience of working with sensitive and confidential information and understanding of GDPR legislation.

o Track record of effective working relationships, partnerships and collaboration with stakeholders, statutory and voluntary agencies and service providers.

o Established record of developing, reviewing and implementing written policies and procedures.

o Proven planning and organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.

o Examples of self-motivation and the ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.

o Demonstrate a commitment to equality and diversity, customer service and quality assurance in a professional setting.

Equality & Diversity: We are a diverse organisation that respects differences in race, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, background, or personal circumstance. We welcome all applications.

Application deadline: 08/10/2021

Salary: £27,000 to £30,000 per annum depending on experience.

Closing date: 8th October 2021 5pm

To apply: Please send your cv and covering letter stating how you meet the role specifications to liz.elsom@theposh.com


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