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Head of Safeguarding (Adults and Children)

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
St Ives
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Head of Safeguarding will provide operational leadership for safeguarding adults and children activity within CCS NHS Trust Services and support the development of a think whole family approach to all safeguarding work.

They will represent the Trust and proactively participate in relevant internal and external meeting and forums. This will be undertaken in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Safeguarding to lead and manage safeguarding practice and governance across the service portfolio for CCS Trust.

The Head of Safeguarding will take lead responsibility for the successful delivery of the Trust's adult and children safeguarding strategy and Assurance Programme against all internal and external governance regulatory requirements and key performance indicators for all services.

They will ensure that staff are supported to safeguard children and adults effectively by developing and monitoring clinical outcomes for safeguarding children and adults to support the Assistant Director of Safeguarding with maintenance of safe clinical practice.

Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised

Main duties of the job

To support the line management of all Named Professionals across the Trust including 1:1 management, case specific supervision and appraisals.

To be accountable for the development and delivery of the Trust's safeguarding governance arrangements to meet internal, external and regulatory requirements and ensure they are embedded in practice.

To assist the Chief Nurse to develop and implement a trust wide safeguarding strategy to inform and improve practice.

To develop and monitor safeguarding outcomes for adults and children through audit, surveys and supervision.

To be accountable for developing and maintaining strong relationships and partnerships within the Trust and with relevant councils, commissioners, safeguarding boards and other bodies and agencies involved in safeguarding.

Support organisational developments in line with different commissioner expectations and in line with the National NHS 10 Year Plan.

Work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of Safeguarding to ensure application of safeguarding standards and best practice is consistent across Trust services.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification attached to this advert for a full and complete role requirement.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Current registration with clinical professional body
  • Doctorate, MA or equivalent plus further specialist training, research or study.
  • Specialist knowledge or system wide health and social care safeguarding of vulnerable people
  • Has a full understanding of legislation relating to children, young people and vulnerable adults



  • Demonstrable experience at a senior level relevant to safeguarding adults and children
  • Experience of successfully leading visionary change across a system
  • Able to evidence improvements in practice made through quality improvement or service development work
  • Substantial experience of partnership working across a range of agencies
  • Effective people management
  • Substantial safeguarding experience in health and social care


  • Experience working in a community setting
  • Experience of working at a very senior level within health or social care



  • Excellent verbal, written communication skills and advanced report writing
  • Expert knowledge of the safeguarding regulatory frameworks
  • Awareness of current NHS and social care issues and their wider implications for community services
  • Effective leadership skills and able to translate and communicate the Trusts vision and objectives into effective changes for clinical working practices
  • Ability to work under pressure



  • Demonstrate high levels of understanding of safeguarding issues and how to translate them into workable solutions with colleagues
  • Understands the significance of quality assurance within the safeguarding agenda and can interpret complex information to inform others
  • Able to articulate how the Trust can safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults through a Think Whole Family approach to safeguarding

Eotional and self awareness


  • Manages strong emotions and responds constructively to the source of problems
  • Has a realistic knowledge of personal strengths and areas for development

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust



Meadow Lane

St Ives

PE27 4LG

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