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Safeguarding Children Nurse Specialist

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Sandridge, St Albans. Hertfordshire.
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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An exciting rare opportunity has arisen for a Safeguarding Children Nurse Specialist to join the Safeguarding Children Team who work in the community supporting front line staff working with vulnerable children and their families in Hertfordshire.

The post holder will be part of the Safeguarding Children Community Nursing team working our partners and the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), ensuring positive outcomes for children and their families.

This post also includes our Joint Agency Response (JAR) to Unexpected Child Deaths, that requires the Safeguarding Children Nurse Specialist being part of the nursing working in partnership with the Police and Coroner.

Proposed Interview - 22/03/2024

Main duties of the job

This exciting post requires knowledge and skills to support frontline staff and safeguarding vulnerable children and adults which is clearly illustrated in the Job Description. The main duties will be:
  • To provide specialist safeguarding children advice and high-quality supervisory support to staff within HCT by providing child protection supervision to health visitors/school nurses and allied health professionals. Contributing to an ethos in which reflective practice and self-questioning are accepted and actively promoted.
  • To ensure effective communication and support and a cohesive approach is applied across the organization within its remit to safeguard children.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Youll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds

We dont want you to miss out so wed like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

Youve made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - were looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The detailed job description is illustrated in the JD attached.

The successful post holder will be supported in developing their safeguarding knowledge and skills to:
  • Communicate and share information to improve outcomes and safeguard children.
  • Support front line staff to focus on risk assessments for children & young people and reviewing action plans
  • Develop skills to offer supervision to staff

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Word versions of documents are available if needed to allow for any adaptations to be made i.e. font, colour, background, convert to Read Aloud.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • 1st Level Registered Nurse with evidence of further training to degree level
  • Evidence of self-managed continued professional development
  • Evidence of post registration training such as Masters level qualifications relevant to safeguarding or equivalent experience and the willingness to complete further training to support this role
  • Teaching qualification
  • Supervisory qualification or equivalent/ willingness to complete
  • Qualifications relevant to safeguarding
  • Advanced knowledge of key legislation and documents relevant to safeguarding children, Demonstrates knowledge and application of theoretical frameworks used in safeguarding

Experience and Knowledge


  • Previous experience working with families, children and young people
  • Clinical experience of safeguarding children.
  • Effective contribution to local multi-agency groups, systems and networks.
  • Delivery of safeguarding children training to health staff and of some aspect of multi-agency training
  • An understanding and experience of court procedures
  • Specialist knowledge of the Children Act, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and other relevant Government and National Guidance
  • An understanding of local Safeguarding Children policies
  • Knowledge of the health of children and young people and the nature of child maltreatment

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent communication and listening skills with some understanding of basic counselling skills
  • The ability to transfer the principles of clinical effectiveness into clinical practice
  • Ability to analyse issues and think critically
  • Excellent standard of report writing and record keeping
  • Ability to support staff in decision making processes in complex circumstances
  • Ability to manage complex and stressful situations and issues at local organisational and clinical levels in a calm manner



  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Sandridge Gate Business Centre,

Ronsons Way

Sandridge, St Albans. Hertfordshire.


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