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Deputy Director of Safeguarding (Children)

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The role of the Deputy Director of Safeguarding (Children) incorporates leadership of the safeguarding provision into the Children and Young People Gender Service Southwest (CYP GS (SW)). The Deputy Director of Safeguarding (Children) will work in partnership with the Deputy Director of Safeguarding (All Age) in their roles in the delivery of the Trust's safeguarding adults and children's strategic and operational objectives, working across the whole Trust. The post holder will deputise for the Associate Director of Safeguarding and assume leadership and responsibility for delivery in specific areas of safeguarding practice supporting local, regional, and national safeguarding priorities and objectives.

This is a key senior role in the operational leadership and management of the UHBW trust wide safeguarding service and CYP GS (SW). In conjunction with the Director and Associate Director for Safeguarding, they will support, deliver, and collaboratively implement the acute hospital safeguarding strategy. This includes maintaining compliance with commissioning and partnership standards, national and local guidelines, and best practice. The post holder will support new areas of working including the development, implementation, and provision of the CYP GS (SW).

Main duties of the job

The role will incorporate areas of expertise as per national documents and local safeguarding partnership guidance and the NHSE Safeguarding Accountability and Assurance Framework 2022 relating to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare and safeguarding adults. They will provide expert guidance for highly complex cases (children and adults) giving highly specialised advice to trust staff and safeguarding service colleagues.

The post holder will co-lead the development of all age safeguarding training and supervision to staff across the organisation ensuring provision and content meets the needs of the staff groups within the trust. They will directly supervise and manage the safeguarding practice of the Social Workers employed in the CYP GS (SW) and ensure they have regular and effective safeguarding supervision for their caseload.

Details of all duties can be found in the attached job description

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and 100 difference services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and out staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details please refer to the job description and person specification document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Is flexible and adaptable in a high-pressure environment
  • Focuses on achieving results of high quality in a safe and effective way
  • Can translate safeguarding operational challenges into the wider strategic context for the benefit of patients
  • Understanding of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Understanding of diversity and inclusion in the workplace



  • Registered Nurse Part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a Registered Children's Nurse or Part 3 NMC register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse or registered Social Worker.
  • Evidence of leadership and managerial development as a registered professional.
  • Post registration education or qualification to masters level or working towards or equivalent demonstrable experience in safeguarding children.


  • Supervision / training qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of managing a safeguarding service with leadership accountability for statutory processes
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of managing highly complex safeguarding children concerns in a multiagency context.
  • Experience of leading the development and delivery of training programmes for a range of disciplines of staff
  • Experience of providing supervision to a range of disciplines of staff.
  • Experience of preparing and presenting written safeguarding reports.
  • Extensive knowledge of contemporary local and national safeguarding issues for adults and children.
  • Knowledge and understanding of child & adolescent development, parenting capacity, environmental factors and risk and protective factors


  • Experience of managing service changes
  • Experience of working at a regional/national safeguarding system level

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to communicate well and build good working relationships with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency arenas
  • Ability to manage and adjust to a workload with competing priorities
  • Ability to analyse and resolve complex issues, including conflict resolution
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and maintain a positive and caring approach
  • Excellent presentation skills - verbal and written. Highly advanced keyboard skills and ability to use qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Ability to develop, deliver and evaluate high quality safeguarding training nd adjust to a workload with competing priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels
  • Ability to work for and as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative
  • Ability to recognise and define risks effecting patient care, organisational reputation and system working

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Mauldin Street



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