Specialist Nurse - Safeguarding Children

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
West Sussex
£40,057 to £45,839 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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This is a specialist role within the West Sussex Safeguarding Team, which offers you a unique opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge within safeguarding and multiagency working. As a Specialist Children's Safeguarding Nurse you will support professionals working within the trust to improve their own safeguarding knowledge and skills through training supervision, support and guidance. You will work within a friendly, dynamic team alongside other Specialist Nurses and supported by Named Nurses.

To be able to undertake this role you will need to be an experienced Nurse with significant safeguarding knowledge and experience which you can draw upon when supporting others. We are often supporting professionals who are working with vulnerable families whose lives are chaotic and complicated, this requires excellent communication skills to ensure that the child remains the focus of any safeguarding discussion.

We offer hybrid working, and have a choice of bases to work from in Bognor Regis, Lancing and Hassocks

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Children's Safeguarding Nurse within Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust you will:
  • Provide highly specialist advice and support through the safeguarding children advice line.
  • Provide safeguarding supervision to staff within the Trust who work with children and young people.
  • Plan, write and deliver level 3 safeguarding children training across the trust to a range of professionals. Some of this maybe bespoke and team focused.
  • You will attend multiagency meetings including multi agency risk assessment conferences (MARAC) sharing health information which is relevant and proportionate to the meeting being attended ensuring that information sharing policies are followed. This will require excellent research and analysis of health information/records to ensure that the information shared is accurate and relevant.
  • You will read and process Police reports which will require IT skills and the use of SystmOne.
  • You will support practitioners who have been requested to supply information for court, giving guidance on report writing, ensuring these are completed within the time specified by the court or requesting more time if little notice has been given.

About us

Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust is the largest provider of community healthcare services in Sussex, our teams help people to plan for and manage changes to their health, supporting patients and their families to live more independently. We employ around 5000 staff and provide community services to a population of 1.3 million people.

Each year our dedicated clinicians see adult or child patients more than 2.6 million times, caring for people from their earliest moments right up to the final stages of their life.

We develop and nurture our staff and recognise that they are our greatest asset.

We give them clear career pathways, support their wellbeing, recognise and value their diversity and provide them with the leadership, skills and knowledge they need to deliver the best care for our patients now and in the future.

We are a team which works across Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust covering community services in West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and to a more limited extent East Sussex.

We are a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic team. We work hard to ensure that staff working within the Trust know how and when action needs to be taken to safeguard a child.

The Specialist Safeguarding Children's nurses meet weekly within a staff huddle and make full use of Microsoft Teams to support each other throughout the day. The Named Nurses will offer guidance and support, they are knowledgeable and approachable.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The purpose of this role is to work with the West Sussex Children Safeguarding Team and partners across Sussex, to promote the wellbeing of children and respond to maltreatment in line with Working Together 2018, in order to put the child at the centre of safeguarding.

The post holder will demonstrate a systematic approach to the work of child protection, focusing on the impact on child health issues and the importance of multi-agency working.

The post holder will work within the team to contribute to support, supervision, training, advice and guidance for all SCFT staff in promoting the wellbeing of children. Respond effectively to cases where there are safeguarding concerns and support staff in legal procedures.

The post holder will be leading on different aspects of safeguarding practice and will have the opportunity to be initiative in developing and delivering practice both inside SCFT and with our partner agencies.

Working within a team to ensure all the Trust staff and corporate and strategic priorities are delivered for SCFT

The post holder will advise SCFT staff on their statutory and legislative duties for all aspects of Children Safeguarding as stipulated in primary legislation, government strategy, national, regional and local guidance

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or Professional Registration


  • Educated to masters level or equivalent experience
  • Registered Nurse (1st level) (Children, Mental health or Learning Disabilities
  • Completed specific post-registration training in Safeguarding Children at Risk
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • ENB 998 or equivalent teaching qualification



  • Development of clinical policies and guidelines
  • Post registration experience of safeguarding children casework
  • Experience of partnership working within Health Trusts and other agencies.
  • Experience of planning and delivering a variety of teaching to single and multi-agency audiences.
  • Experience of contributing to Serious Case Reviews or Internal Management Reviews


  • Experience of supporting staff with legal proceedings.
  • Experience of undertaking audit.
  • Experience or interest in research
  • Evidence of supporting staff in formal child protection supervision.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Ability to work and communicate effectively at all levels with staff within SCT and other partner organisations.
  • Demonstrates initiative and drive.
  • Ability to plan, organise and work under pressure
  • Ability to work autonomously, to organise own workload and to make informed clinical decisions in the absence of manager.
  • Up to date knowledge of Safeguarding Childrens at Risk multi agency policies and procedures
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Time management skills demonstrated through an ability to prioritise own work load and that of others
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Ability to present confidently to single and multi-agency audience.
  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills.
  • IT skills in Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Standard keyboard skills
  • Excellent and accurate verbal and written presentation skills.
  • Clinical supervision skills.
  • Evidence of knowledge and skills in undertaking Risk Assessment.
  • Ability to manage conflict or professional disagreement
  • Ability to develop appropriate networks within health and with other agencies
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of national and local safeguarding childrens at risk guidance, policies and procedures.(including detailed knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005) DoLS (2009) Care Act 2014
  • Knowledge and understanding of multi-disciplinary, inter-professional practice to include primary care and children social services.
  • Understanding of role in Clinical Governance Knowledge of evidence based practice in relation to safeguarding childrens at risk, including those with learning disabilities.
  • Able to drive regularly throughout the day to locations across the Trust
  • Able to use VDU for long periods throughout the day
  • Facilitation skills to lead change within clinical practice, processes and organisations.
  • Able to think and act strategically and escalate concerns
  • Ability to formulate policies, procedures and practice guidance
  • Ability to multitask

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Various base options in West Sussex

West Sussex

BN15 8UW

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