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Designated Safeguarding Officer

23/09/2022

Purpose

To protect and prevent learners from harm, ensuring that learners are safe and have access to the best outcomes by acting as Deputy Safeguarding Officer and take responsibility for carrying out Statutory duties in relation to Child Protection Plans, ICPC and RCPC, Core group, and Strategy, Court Work and Child in Need.

Support the effective running of the statutory Looked After Children process, taking responsibility for the Complex, high risk and safeguarded Cared for Children in line with child protection duties.

To lead on an area of specialism: behaviour and safety, mental health, equality & diversity, adult safeguarding, High Risk, Complex Safeguarding.

Duties

  • To be responsible for effective line management of the Pastoral Welfare Officers
  • To work with the DSL to implement HHC’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, KCSIE Policy and procedure, alongside Local Safeguarding Boards policies and procedures
  • To attend statutory safeguarding meetings (Child Protection Conferences, Core, CIN, Strategy and Looked After Child Reviews) complete all formal and required documentation and reports in required timescale. Liaise with Curriculum staff and Learning Support ensure they have access to all necessary information
  • To case hold ‘at risk’ learners and ensure effective escalation of safeguarding procedures where necessary including referrals into available services or to Duty and Assessment teams where children or adults have been identified as at risk of significant harm
  • To organise and implement Transition of vulnerable, safeguarded, potential NEET learners, attending meetings with schools and external agencies. Ensuring effective intervention and monitoring strategies are in place for PLO, CP, CIN, EHA, and High Risk and EHCP leaners. Ensuring that any current legislation is adhered to and safeguarding records are transferred and recorded in line with KCSiE.
  • To coordinate and implement Summer transition projects for High Risk, Mental wellbeing, Looked After, (Subject to funding – planning activities and events)
  • Identify and monitor ‘At Risk’ students, supporting with effective intervention strategies to keep students on program and report on impact of interventions.
  • To work directly with students and their families with formal safeguarding arrangements to promote, strengthen and develop the potential of parents/carers and their children in order to prevent children becoming looked after and/or suffering significant harm and to instigate and lead on Early Help Assessments supporting with complex cases and families.
  • To be available as a first point of call for learners and staff to respond to child protection concerns and respond to incidents that could constitute child or adult protection concerns
  • To ensure learners are aware of what support is available to them in response to safeguarding concerns, for instance Sexually Harmful behaviours, intra-familial domestic and sexual abuse, support with finances and any other concerns that may arise
  • To risk assess and hold responsibility for those considered high risk, to work with other agencies to ensure any risk to the learner or others is known and effective plans are in place to manage this.
  • Be an advocate for learners in disciplinary and behaviour meetings, to lead on responding to challenging behaviour in college including implementing disciplinary processes and joining meetings for escalating behaviour concerns where the learner is considered ‘At Risk’
  • To coordinate with Student Safety Officers, behaviour mentors, Pastoral and Welfare officers and Progress Tutors to support the wellbeing and safety of students and to intervene where behaviours may be considered to raise the risk of serious harm to the learners or others.
  • Deliver specific training to students, parents and staff as appropriate including tutorials on safeguarding, delivery of local authority initiatives to parents and students, delivery of training to staff regarding local authority policies, procedures, awareness of how to identify safeguarding concerns and how to respond to these.
  • To support the delivery of mental health support to learners across college- to be mental health first aiders responding to mental health concerns for learners in the moment as well as liaising with external agencies and making referrals as appropriate. To risk assess mental health and create safety plans with learners in order to keep themselves safe.
  • To maintain accurate, confidential and up-to-date documentation on all cases of safeguarding and child protection and report where required to external agencies, parents, local authorities and the court.
  • To collate and produce statistical information with regards to safeguarding and student groups, to track interventions through reporting and review these in line with SMART targets.
  • Keep up to date recording and ensure accurate and comprehensive learner tracking monitoring and support records in particular for safeguarded, LAC and vulnerable learners.
  • Ensure continuous development and improvement of professional knowledge, attend Local Authority Safeguarding Board Training yearly as a minimum to keep up to date with ongoing changes in child protection policies and intervention
  • To work closely with curriculum teams to report and update on learner progress and ensure relevant support plans and strategies are and to attend weekly meetings with curriculum areas to update programme managers on key issues for learners in their subject area.
  • To liaise with internal and external agencies, making referrals as appropriate regarding a range of safeguarding issues for both adult and children. To escalate with the local authority where needed and challenge respectfully where needed in line with LA Escalation procedures.
  • To attend College Events – Open Days
  • Any other duties, of a similar level of responsibility, as may be required

    Hopwood Hall College actively promotes the value of diversity and welcomes and encourages job applicants from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applicants from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates. We would also welcome applicants from LGB and Trans and non-binary candidates. We are a disability confident employer and have made a positive commitment to employing disabled people and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role as set out in the job description.