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Specialist Safeguarding Practitioner - Child

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

University Hospitals Dorset are looking for a Specialist Safeguarding Practitioner for Children.

Our Specialist Safeguarding Practitioner post is a visible, operational role ensuring that children and young people who use our services are seen, heard and supported to feel safe. Working with families and staff to ensure the child is at the heart of decision making and that robust safeguarding practice is embedded within all our teams, regardless of a person's role.

Our practitioners maintain enablers for staff (policy/intranet resources) to work confidently and safely with children and families.

We work as a joint safeguarding team with specialist adult practitioners and domestic abuse advocates.

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth Hospital but you will be required to work across site

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

  • Ensure that the voice of the child is heard and safeguarding children is embedded in services developments.
  • Lead the promotion of good professional practice for safeguarding children providing specialist advice and expertise on a daily basis to Trust staff.
  • Develop effective multiagency working and liaison, with a particular focus for complex cases and discharge planning across the Child Health Unit, Adult wards where children are hosted and Emergency Department.
  • Contribute to the development and facilitation of Safeguarding training and supervision for identified Trust Staff.
  • To identify and encourage improvement and innovation in the delivery of the Safeguarding service.
  • To analyse information pertaining to safeguarding, identifying trends or areas for improvement are quickly identified and escalated to the Head of Safeguarding.
  • To be responsible for the return of quality audit/reports, ensuring learning is shared and actions taken.
  • Engage and work effectively with a range of partner organisations to safeguard children in hospital and the wider community (e.g. Safeguarding Children Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Police, Education, Primary care, voluntary sectors, housing, courts and the general public)

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse, Midwife, Sick Children's Nurse, AHP


  • Master's Degree in healthcare or working towards or equivalent demonstrable experience and knowledge



  • Evidence of involvement in relevant safeguarding activity
  • Robust understanding of change management at a team level
  • Ability to prioritise workload and monitor own progress
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Minimum of 3 years post-registration experience


  • Experience of working within the safeguarding agenda
  • Development of polices



  • Sound understanding of adult and children's safeguarding agendas
  • Understanding of safeguarding within a multi-agency setting


  • Understanding of safeguarding within an ICS



  • Strong organisational skills - able to organise own workload in a changing environment
  • Effective influencing skills and political awareness
  • Good standard of IT skills to include Microsoft office products and risk reporting systems
  • Ability to monitor and maintain a healthy, safe and secure workplace for self and others.


  • Ability to extract performance insights from complex data sets
  • Experience of using patient record systems

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


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