Diocesan Safeguarding Caseworker

Diocese of Portsmouth

This role has been created to enhance the Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s capacity following an increase in case referrals. You will be responsible for the day-to-day investigative tasks and management of related safeguarding-related case work across the diocese in collaboration with the other Diocesan Safeguarding Caseworkers.

Primary purpose

  • Undertake safeguarding casework as allocated by the Safeguarding Manager, and ensure all work is maintained in accordance with best practice and in line with House of Bishops policy and guidance.
  • Provide a professional response to staff and volunteers who have safeguarding concerns.
  • Be proactive in promoting a safe environment throughout the diocese and ensure safeguarding standards are met and maintained.

Responsibilities & Principal Tasks

  • Provide guidance, information and advice to the Bishop and other church officers on safeguarding matters. To undertake risk assessments and produce safeguarding agreements and other reviews in accordance with national church requirements.
  • To conduct appropriate and relevant enquiries in response to safeguarding concerns and allegations against church officers; working within the framework of current policy and practice guidance.
  • Work co-operatively with local authorities, the police and other bodies, providing accurate information to enable them to take action in relation to concerns about children or adults at risk.
  • Assist parishes in the implementation of safeguarding agreements to ensure the safe inclusion of those who may pose a risk in the church community; working within the framework of current policy and practice guidance.
  • Develop professional relationships with statutory agencies, police, probation and other bodies, including attending appropriate strategy meetings and/or case conferences.
  • Promote good communication and effective information sharing.
  • Ensure that victims/survivors are supported in accordance with diocesan protocols.
  • Continually develop and maintain own knowledge of safeguarding legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Attend national and local safeguarding events and activities as requested by the Safeguarding Manager.
  • To manage safeguarding case files and data in accordance with legislation, statutory guidance and national church/diocesan requirements.
  • To undertake other specific duties as requested by the Safeguarding Manager, in line with the requirements of the area and the scope of the position.
  • Closing date: 20/04/2024

To apply for this job please visit www.portsmouth.anglican.org.