Specialist Nurse for Complex Safeguarding

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Ashington, Northumberland
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for Full Time band 7 Specialist Nurse for Complex Safeguarding in the Sunderland Transformation teamWe are looking for individuals who are passionate about safeguarding children and have the skills to carryout cumulative risk assessments of cases at a very high level.This post involves visiting families as well as doing direct Child Lived Experience work with vulnerable children. The post holder will line manage and lead a team to ensure children aged 5-19 who have been discussed at strategy level have a voice and be supported.The Specialist Nurses main role is to support the Named Nurse, the Lead Named Nurse for Safeguarding and Children in Care to fulfil HDFT responsibilities in order to protect children, staff and the public which is set out in the DOH Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 document. The Specialist Nurse Child Protection also supports the Named Nurse to meet our quality and governance requirements for CQC and Joint Targeted area inspections.

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Nurse for Complex Safeguarding, the post holder will have a key role in multiagency information sharing, risk assessment and decision making within multiagency strategy meetings. The post holder will work as part of the 5-19 Service and Integrated Safeguarding Team, contributing their expertise to the safeguarding case management, assessing risk factors and safeguarding issues for children, and helping identify those services which are best placed to support the children, adults and families concerned. The Specialist Nurse for Complex Safeguarding will take responsibility for the decision making around stepping out of some child protection cases and how this is communicated to partner agencies. The Specialist Safeguarding Children Strategy Nurse will provide day to day supervision and guidance to the skill mix within the team including the Band 6 Safeguarding Nurses and Band 4 Child Lived Experience Nurse.

About us

At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust we provide outstanding care to both our patients and our staff. We support staff through benefits, health and wellbeing initiatives and opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • An inclusive and supportive culture our Trust encourages staff to bring their whole selves to work and active Staff Networks identify areas for improvement.
  • Staff Recognition - as well as regular appraisals, we recognize staff with our Making a Difference, Team of the Month Awards & Colleague Recognition Awards Employee Support and wellbeing - we have a comprehensive Employee Assistance

Job description

Job responsibilities

HDFT covers a wide footprint area therefore the successful candidate's needs to be willing to cover the wider safeguarding team, which would mainly be virtually but some travel will be required.

The footprint covers:Northumberland, County Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead, Stockton, Darlington, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire and Wakefield.The large footprint is highly conducive to career development. Our Safeguarding Children Team is the largest in the country providing excellent opportunities to share learning and gain support from other colleagues within the local team but also the wider safeguarding and HDFT teams.

Please see the attached JD. If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Nikki Laidler on nicola.laidler@nhs.net

Person Specification

Essential criteria


  • NMC and SCPHN qualification
  • is up to date with level 3 safeguarding training
  • Highly developed specialised safeguarding children knowledge and practical experience.
  • Experience of attending complex child protection meetings or Significant experience working with children, young people, and families where there are multiple safeguarding concerns.
  • Experience with change management and leadership.
  • experience of data collection to monitor performance and feedback relevant learning


  • Qualification in safeguarding supervision/Peer restorative supervisor.
  • Band 7 Specialist safeguarding nurse experience or Band 6 strategy nurse experience.
  • Experience of producing or supporting with reports for court.
  • Experience or knowledge of Multi Agency protection processes (MAPPA/MARAC/MSET)

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

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust


Ashington Children’s Centre

Alexandra Road

Ashington, Northumberland

NE63 9EF

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