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Manager of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding
Salary: £21,000 – £27,000 per annum, dependant on experience
Working Pattern: 35 hours per week, 42 weeks per year
Contract type: Fulltime, Permanent
Term Time including 10 days
Reporting to: Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding
Responsible for: Safeguarding and wider Pastoral Team
Primary Purpose of the Job
Supporting the Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding, to use DSL and pastoral skills and experience to apply a trauma informed and attachment aware approach to ensure that our safeguarding practices and procedures are outstanding across the organisation and to promote the welfare of our young people. To support the Senior Leadership and the wider team in their practice in keeping with the Raise Ethos.
With the Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding, support the development and implementation of wellbeing interventions that ensure that our young people have the correct support in place to promote and facilitate improvement in their lives, including personal development and learning.
Identify issues affecting attendance to improve attendance.
To contribute to assessments and delivery of wider services.
Ensure compliance with the Independent School Standards, SEND Code of Practice, and Non-association independent school inspection handbook.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Accountable to the Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding to ensure that safeguarding is outstanding across the organisation.
- Support quality assurance and development of the recording systems, processes, and staff training.
- Support the implementation of our trauma and attachment aware policies, procedures, and approach across the organisation to improve the wellbeing and progress of young people.
- Ensuring that risk assessments are evidence based, dynamically reviewed, disseminated and fully understood by staff.
- Support the Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding on the monitoring and evaluation of attendance and engagement data and put together plans and actions to help to improve these.
- Provide reports, advice, training, and information for the staff team, to ensure a whole organisational approach to supporting young people.
- Identify, and act upon as directed by the Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding, risk factors that may negatively impact on the education, health, or social needs of the young people, including attendance and incidents. Taking actions that are appropriate to the level of risk.
- Work directly with children and young people to ensure that assessments and interventions are informed by their views.
- Organise own work activities taking account of the need to prioritise tasks and responsibilities ensuring statutory legislation and service priorities are met.
- To be a compassionate professional who always operates within agreed legal, ethical, and professional boundaries when working with young people and ensures that this is embedded across the organisation. This includes maintaining care, confidentiality, and respect.
- Act as an advocate ensuring that the young person’s wishes and feelings are paramount in any decisions or actions taken.
- Produce and manage recorded evidence of interventions, agreed plans and progress which can be used to inform parents, partners and stakeholders.
- Provide safeguarding reports as directed by Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding to the Governing board.
- Undertake appraisal review(s) and act as supervisor as required for relevant team members.
- Provide information and/or attend multi-agency meetings, as appropriate.
- Develop multidisciplinary, multi-agency relationships to facilitate excellent outcomes for our young people and ensure that relevant information is appropriately shared.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other professionals within the organisation and partner agencies to ensure integrated, holistic, and multidisciplinary approach to the service delivery and safeguarding of young people.
- Work with families and young people on behaviour, attitudes, and personal development through evidenced based programmes.
- Work with the Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding to ensure the school child protection policy is reviewed annually (as a minimum) and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly.
- Network and build stakeholder relationships, promote our work, and maintain mutually beneficial professional relationships which enable us to signpost users into appropriate services.
- Where children leave the school, securely transfer their child protection file to their new school as soon as possible, separately from the main pupil file.
- Deal professionally with enquiries from parents, stakeholders, visitors, and members of the public in a way that maintains strong connections and relationships.
- Be responsible for the timely submission of relevant information to Pastoral Leaders, SLT, Governing Board and other outside agencies.
- Collaborate with the wider business, operation and leadership staff and work positively as a member of the team.
- To work collaboratively across the organisation to embed a needs and recovery social work-based approach to supporting young people.
- To work closely with external agencies and partners to develop an integrated approach to safeguarding and wellbeing and promoting attendance and engagement.
- Assist in the planning and developing of future services and policies, promote innovative ways of developing practice and contribute to the development of capacity within the organisation.
- Support the anti-bullying work in school in liaison with the Head of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding and the Assistant Principal responsible for Safety, Behaviour, and Inclusion.
- Provide support and promote the wellbeing of the team and self.
- Maintain good healthy team communication.
- Develop professional relationships with colleagues.
- Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the company.
- Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the company’s policies, practices, and procedures, to support the company’s values and vision.
- Contribute and support fundraising, partnership, and the growth of the organisation.
Health and safety
- Maintain, update, and communicate policies and processes to safeguard staff, young people, adults, and the organisation and ensure we maintain evidence of compliance.
- Follow our Health and Safety policies and procedures.
- Help keep their own knowledge and understanding relevant and up to date by reflecting on their own practice, liaising with leaders, and identifying relevant professional development to improve personal effectiveness.
- Take opportunities to build the appropriate skills, qualifications, and/or experience needed for the role, with support from the company.
- Undergo training to develop and maintain the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role.
- Undergo Prevent training and be able to:
- Support the school or college in meeting the requirements of the Prevent duty.
- Provide advice and support to staff on protecting children from the risk of radicalisation.
- Undergo training on female genital mutilation (FGM) and be able to:
- Provide advice and support to staff on protecting and identifying children at risk of FGM.
- Report known cases of FGM to the police and help others to do so.
- Undertake safer recruitment training and support the company to follow best practice.
- Participate in Team Teach Positive Handling and de-escalation techniques
- Undertake self-directed CPD.
Personal and professional conduct
- Uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside the company.
- Have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies, and practices of the company, and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality.
- Demonstrate positive attitudes, values, and behaviours to develop and sustain effective relationships.
- Respect individual differences and cultural diversity
Other areas of responsibility
Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the Manager of Pastoral Support and Safeguarding will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the line manager.
Qualifications and experience
- GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Maths
- DSL qualification
- Relevant professional /vocational qualification or substantial experience-with-training which enables you to fulfil this role.
- Successful leadership and management experience in a school or other relevant organisation
- Experience of managing safeguarding in a school or other relevant organisation, including:
- Building relationships with children and their parents, particularly the most vulnerable
- Working and communicating effectively with relevant agencies
- Implementing and encouraging good safeguarding practice throughout a large team of people
- Demonstrable evidence of developing and implementing strategies to help children and their families.
- Experience of handling large amounts of sensitive data and upholding the principles of confidentiality.
Skills and knowledge
- Expert knowledge of legislation and guidance on safeguarding and working with young people, including knowledge of the responsibilities of schools and other agencies.
- Ability to work with a range of people with the aim of ensuring the safety and welfare of children.
- Awareness of local and national agencies that provide support for children and their families.
- Excellent record keeping skills and attention to detail, to produce reports, take minutes of meetings, and document safeguarding concerns.
- Good IT skills, including previous use of Behaviour Watch and My Concern.
- Strong networking and relationship building skills.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to communicate a vision and inspire others.
- Ability to build effective working relationships with staff and other stakeholders.
- Good literacy and numeracy skills.
- Experienced in giving clear direction, enabling other to meet their objectives.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and self-motivation.
- Strong listening and engagement skills.
- The ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
- Knowledge of guidance and requirements around safeguarding children.
- Inclusive ethical and moral values.
- Motivated to support young people and families with complex needs, traumatic experiences, and challenging behaviours.
- Sensitivity and understanding to help build good relationships with our cohort.
- An outgoing warm personality with an ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.
- A commitment to getting the best outcomes for all promoting the ethos and values of the company.
- Have a commitment to Quality, Diversity and Equality.
- Commitment to maintaining confidentiality.
- Commitment to safeguarding young people and family wellbeing and equality.
- A compassionate and restorative approach to behaviour and conflict.
- Personal resilience to ‘bounce back’ after challenging situations alongside colleagues.
- A positive, proactive, and personable team player who works collaboratively across the company.
- Willingness to engage in personal development to improve performance levels.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
For further information please contact the HR Advisory Team on 01204 431946.
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Closing date: 17.00, 13th April, 2021.
Raise the Youth Foundation CIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age. All applicants are considered based on their merits and abilities for the job. All posts are subject to enhanced DBS checks. We operate a strict safeguarding policy which is consistently and rigorously applied.