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Head of Safeguarding Children and Looked After Children

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated individual to become our new Head of Safeguarding for Children and Looked After Children. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates from either a Nursing, Social Work or Allied Health Practitioner background.

The post holder will be a senior and integral part of our established safeguarding team, working closely with Named Safeguarding Professionals, the Head of Adult Safeguarding and the Chief Nurse to deliver our statutory safeguarding requirements. They will represent SPFT across the Integrated Care System, contributing to the delivery of the safeguarding agenda.

The post holder will be responsible for the professional leadership and operational management of the Trust's children's safeguarding team to deliver excellent safeguarding practice throughout the Trust, and will oversee the health contribution across Sussex. The role is pivotal to complex case management and escalation, improved partnership working, and quality assurance.

Main duties of the job

To provide expert safeguarding advise and supervision on all safeguarding related matters, with an excellent up-to-date knowledge of national safeguarding related legislation and practice.

Manage and lead the Children's Safeguarding Team.

Represent the Trust and collaborate with all aspects of Sussex Children's Partnership activity and their associated delivery groups.

Lead the development, provision and evaluation of safeguarding training and supervision programmes, inclusive for safeguarding children across the organisation for all Trust employees.

Produce and present high-quality Trust Board level quality assurance reports inclusive of action plans, risk management and audit data.

About us

At SPFT, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

SPFT is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

SPFT is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our people's skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So, we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree/diploma level with relevant qualification and evidence of academic achievement in the context of Children's Safeguarding
  • Clinical/post graduate management qualification to masters or equivalent level of experience and proven ability to perform at this level

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Aldrington House

New Church Road



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