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Family Approach Safeguarding Practitioner

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Part Time

Job Details

To provide specialist operational safeguarding guidance and leadership to all services within the Isle of Wight Trust on a day-to-day basis. The post holder will support the Integrated Safeguarding Team in the delivery of statutory, regulatory, and contractual safeguarding services, ensuring that an all-age family approach to safeguarding is robustly embedded.

Main duties of the job

  • Proactively work with clinical and non-clinical teams to identify all age safeguarding concerns and risks within the provision of services across the Isle of Wight Trust.
  • Supporting all services in robustly responding to safeguarding concerns and incidents.
  • In conjunction with the Integrated Safeguarding Team ensure the learning from local, regional, and national safeguarding reviews is embedding within Isle of Wight Trust services, improving practice and service provision.
  • Work flexibly across the Integrated Safeguarding Team in the provision of statutory, regulatory, and contractual all age safeguarding services.
  • Assist the Integrated Safeguarding Team in the delivery of training and supervision as outlined in the 2022-25 Strategy.
  • Contribute to the development of robust internal policies and guidelines for safeguarding within the Isle of Wight Trust and support all clinical and corporate teams in their application of policy, procedure, and training.
  • Support the Named Professionals for Safeguarding in the scoping and analysis of Safeguarding Adults Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews , Child Safeguarding Practice reviews and associated action plans.
  • Attend the sub-groups of the Safeguarding Adults Board and Safeguarding Children's Partnership as required.
  • Represent the Trust and provide relevant health information to forums such as Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences, High Risk Domestic Abuse meetings, Missing Exploited Trafficked Risk Assessment Conferences.

About us

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values areCompassion,Accountable,Respect andEveryone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication and relationships

Will be required to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, whilst supporting the operational clinical and non-clinical teams across the Isle of Wight Trust in their application of safeguarding practice.

Will be required to communicate highly sensitive and complex information to a variety of forums and professional groups/individuals, both inside and outside of the Isle of Wight Trust.

To deputise for the Named Professional Leads, and Specialist Safeguarding Practitioners, as required in the operational provision of Trust safeguarding services.

Will need to work collaboratively with clinical and non-clinical services in the gathering, analysing and communicating safeguarding information including risk assessment, safety planning, sign-posting and onward referrals.

Act as an innovative and enthusiastic role model, providing leadership, expertise, guidance and advice to staff on operational and professional issues. Promoting an open, honest and transparent culture.

Support the Integrated Safeguarding Team in core functions including (but not exhaustively) childrens Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) provision and adults Section 42 enquiries.

Develop strong working relationship with key professionals within:

Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Board subgroups and forums

Isle of Wight Safeguarding Childrens Partnership sub-groups and forums

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue

Integrated Care Board including Designate Nurses and Named Doctors

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Isle of Wight Council Adult and Child Safeguarding Teams

Primary Care Practices

Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Trust services

Portsmouth University Hospitals Trust

Planning and organising

Prioritise and coordinate own workload in response to urgent safeguarding concerns or service demands.

Access training and supervision to maintain own competencies appropriate to role and in line with trust policy.

Understand and meet reporting deadlines as outlined in adult and child safeguarding policy and procedures.

Plan, organise and deliver training with support from the Integrated Safeguarding Team covering mandatory training and bespoke requests.

Attend relevant Isle of Wight Trust meetings and forums incl. PSIRF learning response meetings (SWARMs and After Action Reviews) and Collaborative Councils to embed the safeguarding as a core thread of operational business.

Patient and client care

Embed the Family Approach to all age safeguarding across the Isle of Wight Trust

Act as an advocate for children, young people, and adults at risk at all times. Ensuring that plans are developed, documented, and communicated in a robust and compassionate way.

Provide visible leadership across all clinical and non-clinical services in matters linked to all age safeguarding and the family approach.

Support clinical teams in the operational provision of safeguarding in complex cases. This may require direct contact with children, young people, and adults at risk by way of supporting them in navigating health systems and processes.

Develop a high level of insight into the correlation between child and adult safeguarding, and how vulnerabilities can impact on the individual and wider family network.

Service and policy development

Actively participate in the production and implementation of quality standards, policies and procedures for Safeguarding Adults and Children across the Trust.

Support the Named Professional Leads for Safeguarding in the implementation and audit of policies and procedures in relation to Safeguarding Adults and Children.

The post holder is expected to adhere to Trust policies and procedures and relevant legislation including the requirements of any professional bodies attend mandatory training as identified by the Trust.

Managing financial resources

There is no budgetary responsibility with this post.

People management and development

To provide leadership, expertise, and support on safeguarding matters to all staff within the Trust and act as an innovative and enthusiastic role model.

To support staff in the preparation of written statements/reports in relation to safeguarding meetings/incidents, escalating concerns, and seeking specialist and legal advice as necessary.

Support and coach staff in their safeguarding development needs, recognising and utilising individual skills and knowledge and providing opportunity for further development.

Support a culture of fairness, openness and learning within the Integrated Safeguarding Team, and wider Trust services, in line with Just Culture Principles.

Proactively support the Integrated Safeguarding Team delegating for the Named Professional Leads/Specialist Practitioners as required and supporting/mentoring the integrated admin team as needed.

Information system use and management.

Be confident and proficient in the use of various Trust systems including, but not limited to, E-Care Logic / Patient Centre / PARIS / Symphony/SystmOne/Adastra/Datix

Be able to independently search Isle of Wight Trust Information Systems for individual information on children/adults in order to contribute to safeguarding enquiries and incidents.

Be confident in documenting safeguarding advice, assessment and interventions on information systems as required.

Be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software including Word / Excel and PowerPoint in order to present safeguarding information in the best format.

Involvement in surveys and research

Participate in, or initiate, audits and contribute to reports and action plans as required. These may be as part of an internal, local multi-agency or regional/national audit program.

Participate in research as required both nationally and locally.

Maintain own professional responsibility in keeping up to date with current national developments in all-age safeguarding appropriate to role.

Freedom to Act and autonomy.

Organise own specialist workload exercising a high level of clinical judgement and decision making in response to the social and medical needs of the child, young person, adult at risk and their families/carers.

Work within own professional code of practise (if applicable) and within policies procedures and guidelines of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Take responsibility of own continuing professional development and performance including identifying own development needs and maintain own portfolio in accordance with re-registration requirements in accordance with own professional body recommendations (if applicable).

The post holder will be expected to work independently but seek support and supervision from safeguarding colleagues as required.

The post holder must maintain the confidentiality of information about patients, staff and Trust business in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Caldicott principles, understanding the legal frameworks for information sharing under GDPR and safeguarding legislation.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience


  • Registered Professional (NMC, HCPC, GMC or equivalent) or extensive transferrable experience in safeguarding
  • Degree level education OR equivalent knowledge and experience in practice
  • Evidence of competency at Level 3 safeguarding children and adults

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


IOW NHS Trust St Mary's Hospital


PO30 5TG

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