Diocese of Portsmouth

    Diocesan Safeguarding Caseworker

    Diocese of Portsmouth First Floor Peninsular House Wharf Road Portsmouth PO2 8HB
    023 9289 9650
    20 Apr 2024, noon

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    Diocesan Safeguarding Caseworker

    Our aim is for everyone in the Diocese of Portsmouth to feel that they belong and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose and strategy, whichever part of the diocese they work in and whatever their background.

    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

    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.