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Safeguarding Health Practitioner - Children's Social Care

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Specialist Community Public Health Nurse to be co located within East Sussex County Council Children's Social Care Duty and Assessment Team, providing expert health advice, support and interventions within the safeguarding children arena.

As part of this role you will use your knowledge and expertise around child development and public health to work with families and social care colleagues informing pre-birth assessments and providing specialist health promotion and advice. You will have a confident understanding of the types of abuse children may experience and can evidence significant experience of working with children and families within safeguarding and child protection processes.

You will work autonomously, contributing towards complex assessments including providing chronologies as required, supporting understanding and management of risk such as Fabricated or Induced Illness, chronic neglect and growth issues. The successful candidate will participate in multi-agency meetings and decision making, working collaboratively with other agencies providing specialist health information as appropriate. You will also receive further training to support undertaking drug screening in liaison with SWIFT to support broader assessment and planning.

The role includes supporting with the development and delivery of training programmes within the wider safeguarding team and across the Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Main duties of the job

  • To work with families and use health expertise to inform pre- birth assessments undertaken by Children Services.
  • To support vulnerable families and children in need in the community by undertaking short term work with families where appropriate
  • To work autonomously, making critical decisions and judgments in relation to the management of safeguarding cases, escalating as required.
  • To undertake research/flag and tag for the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference and participate in the MARAC meetings.
  • To improve communication and understanding between Primary Care, NHS professionals and Children's Services
  • To liaise with Health visiting colleagues and provide specialist knowledge and support if required with the screening and discussion regarding vulnerable families (through joint visits, training, liaison and dissemination of information/advice).
  • To act as a resource to social care colleagues with particular knowledge of child development and primary and community health care working practices
  • To participate in regular clinical and safeguarding supervision with managers across health and social care.

About us

A wide range of staff benefits are available to our staff including staff development, enrolment in the NHS pension scheme, auto-enrolment to our Temporary Workforce Service, access to nurseries at EDGH and Conquest, staff restaurants and on-site staff accommodation.

In addition to an internal Occupational Health department, all staff also have access to free psychological support through our confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available to staff 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Onsite parking is available from only �30 a year.

There has never been a better time to join East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, submit your application today.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached.

If you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact us.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse/midwife with current NMC registration
  • Health Visting Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Degree
  • Evidence of continued professional development to Masters level or equivalent level of knowledge and experience


  • Study at higher degree level or equivalent
  • Teaching qualification
  • Counselling, motivational interviewing training and/or qualification or similar
  • Level 3 Child Protection Module



  • Significant amount of relevant experience working in the community
  • Evidenced significant experience of working with children and families
  • Evidenced experience of working within Safeguarding and Child protection
  • An understanding of and proven experience of, working with different professionals and agencies across Health, Social Care, Police, Education and Voluntary Services in regards to safeguarding
  • Recent practical experience in safeguarding
  • Evidenced ability to write high quality reports
  • Ability to support and manage change effectively


  • Experience of working within a social care environment
  • Experience of teaching
  • Evidence of involvement in safeguarding investigations and producing written and verbal reports to appropriate meetings
  • Evidence of conducting Audit
  • Evidence of developing and delivering training programmes to staff from a variety of backgrounds
  • Experience of working with adolescents, young adults and their families

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Duty and Assessment Team (West) with cross site working

St Marys House


BN21 3UU

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