Diocese of Portsmouth

    Chair of Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

    1st floor, Peninsular House Wharf Road Portsmouth PO2 8HB
    023 9289 9650
    19 Apr 2024, noon

    Role Description

    1. To provide effective leadership to the DSAP, including agreeing the agenda, in liaison with the DSA/diocesan bishop or nominated person, agreeing minutes, chairing the meetings and monitoring the follow-up actions.
    2. To ensure the DSAP discharges it role and functions in line with the terms of reference.
    3. To work with the DSA and senior staff to ensure the group has a strategic overview of safeguarding practice across the diocese in line House of Bishops’ policy and practice guidance, together with appropriate quality assurance and risk management processes.
    4. To ensure that the group considers the needs of victims/survivors and those affected by abuse together with relevant advise.
    5. To work with the DSA and senior leadership team to ensure that the DSAP is adequately resourced; that there is sufficient capacity and diversity of skills set and experience/background of members. To be involved in recruitment and succession planning.
    6. To provide an ad hoc point of contact for DSAs/diocesan bishop or nominated person/members of the group outside of formal supervisory and management arrangements.
    7. To advise where necessary the diocesan bishop (nominated person)/senior leadership team of specific concerns/issues. Where appropriate to raise and report any concerns/issues as part of whistle blowing arrangements.
    8. To engage in the chairs national and regional network meetings, as required.

    Person Specification

    Appointees should demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience;

    • Recent, direct and extensive professional safeguarding experience and expertise at a senior level in the relevant statutory, voluntary or judicial agency (for example local authority children and adult service, police, national children’s charity);
    • Experience of case reviews, risk management and engagement and leadership of strategic partnerships;
    • A confident and empowering leadership style with the ability to strategically plan, manage meetings effectively and influence people to build capacity and confidence in safeguarding practice;
    • Up to date knowledge of multi-agency safeguarding practice and processes, legislation and current developments;
    • An ability to promote and represent the DSAP at all levels both internally and externally.

    The Diocese of Portsmouth is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents our context and wider community. We are aware that those of United Kingdom Minority Ethnic/Global Majority Heritage, women and disabled people are currently under-represented among our clergy, and we particularly encourage applications from those with the relevant skills and experience that will increase this representation. The appointment will of course be based on merit alone. Enhanced DBS will be required.