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Named Midwife Safeguarding Children

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 pro rata per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Senior Registered Midwife with significant safeguarding experience related to children and adults to lead the maternity safeguarding team at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will support all activities to ensure the organisation meets its safeguarding responsibilities in regard to pregnant women/birthing people, new mothers/birthing people and unborn and new-born babies within the care of the acute and community services.

The post holder will play a key operational role in the delivery of the safeguarding maternity agenda in accordance with national and local guidance and legislation.

Main duties of the job

Provide leadership and assurance regarding the safeguarding arrangements, seeking assurances from and holding to account services regarding their safeguarding responsibilities.

Provide expert knowledge and advice consistent with the requirements of the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and Working Together 2018.

Work closely with the organisations Named professionals and senior management team in delivering the think family agenda.

Provide highly specialised advice and support to the Midwifery Team and the wider organisation about all aspects of safeguarding work with particular reference to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Mental Health, Domestic Abuse, Substance and Alcohol Misuse and Learning Disability.

Work across the multi-agency arena, providing highly specialist knowledge regarding the issues affecting the health and wellbeing of women and children and support the Safeguarding Partnership in its functions.

Develop and maintain relationships with partner agencies, overcoming barriers and professional challenge to improve outcomes for women and children in need of early help and those in need of protection

About us

We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

Our mission is to make a difference every day. Our values are that we care, we respect, and we listen

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

The salary for the role is only one part of the excellent package of benefits we offer to you:
  • Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays
  • NHS pension scheme membership
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
  • NHS Staff discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt
  • Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice 3033

Job description

Job responsibilities

Demonstrate exceptional leadership to all Trust staff to ensure excellence in safeguarding is embedded throughout Stockport Foundation Trust.

Provide specialist Maternity advice and direction on strategic and operational issues informing senior managers and working with service leads and practitioners in the Trust, and also colleagues in the Local Authorities to maintain a community wide focus.

Provide highly expert advice and support on all areas of safeguarding work with particular reference to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), mental health, domestic abuse, substance and alcohol misuse and learning disability.

Represent the organisation as the lead for FGM (ensuring compliance with data collection) providing training and expertise to staff across the Trust.

Midwifery lead for Domestic Abuse providing training and expertise to staff across the Trust and supporting the development of policy and guidance.

Takes the lead with the Prevent agenda and training programme within maternity services.

Ensure that Safeguarding processes are robustly embedded and monitored within the Trusts maternity clinical governance and safeguarding framework.

Lead, develop, implement and maintain a robust safeguarding supervision provision across the Trust maternity service that facilitates highly complex, contentious, sensitive and high-risk decision making.

Attend child protection conferences (where necessary)/strategy meetings and other interagency meetings and/or supports practitioners who are required to attend.

Collaborate with Trust legal services to advise and support staff in the preparation of statements and other reports in relation to legal proceedings ensuring safe sharing of information in line with Local Safeguarding Board procedures, Data Protection Act, Human Rights Act and Caldicott guidance.

Advise, support and attend court (where necessary) with staff who are required to give evidence and to seek legal advice as required.

Work collaboratively with the Named professionals to develop a safeguarding families approach to safeguarding based on the principles of holistic lifelong care.

Develop safeguarding policies and procedures in relation to Maternity, overseeing the implementation and compliance locally and across the organisation.

Work closely with the Designated Professionals, Locality Managers, Heads of Service, and staff to ensure effective implementation of Local Safeguarding Childrens Partnerships Policies, procedures, guidelines, & protocols for Safeguarding in maternity services within the Foundation Trust.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trusts policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately

If successful this vacancy will require an enhanced DBS check at a cost of �41.90. This cost will be deducted from your first Trust salary

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Registered Midwife (RM NMC registration)
  • Safeguarding experience with a minimum of 2 years' experience in a specialist safeguarding role.
  • Evidence of continuing personal and professional development
  • NSPCC safeguarding supervision course holder or equivalent.
  • Recognised leadership qualification
  • Experience of being a clinical expert and having completed specific post registration training in safeguarding children/child protection and/or adult protection at higher degree masters level or equivalent, or working towards this qualification


  • Delivered Training regarding MCA and DoLs
  • Knowledge of and be trained in PREVENT and WRAP training
  • Education and Training qualification



  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of safeguarding policy, legislation and practice issues at local and national level
  • Knowledge and understanding of governance, quality, risk management, and data protection
  • Advanced knowledge of safeguarding practice in mental health, substance misuse, adults and learning disability services, FGM, domestic abuse and models of care and treatment and preventative strategies
  • Good working knowledge of MCA and DOLs application



  • Development of safeguarding pathways, standards and service models
  • Highly specialist experience in protecting children at risk, and be currently practising in the field of safeguarding, having also an understanding of, or experience of forensic matters.
  • Experience of participating in undertaking and providing clinical and safeguarding supervision
  • Good working knowledge of MCA and DOLs application
  • Experience in dealing with highly emotive and confidential information and advising on management of sensitive cases
  • Experience of working with Training and Development and delivering safeguarding training programmes, and monitoring their efficiency
  • Experience of working across statutory bodies and organisations
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and provide challenge to internal and external partners in a constructive and appropriate manner where required
  • Strategic planning
  • Managing change


  • Review and assessment of safeguarding services
  • Experience of dealing with safeguarding adult incidents
  • Undertaking research and understanding of local authority safeguarding functions

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to impart highly complex and sensitive information to others with different levels of understanding
  • Ability to write reports for organisational assurance and escalate concerns effectively
  • Experience in writing analytical agency reports for Child safeguarding practice reviews / Domestic homicide reviews
  • Ability to work with senior managers to implement recommendations from Child safeguarding practice reviews (SCR's) and Domestic homicide reviews
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills including presentations and publications
  • Able to communicate effectively with people who use Trust services, carers, families, members of the public
  • Well-developed skills in audit evaluation of service provision and outcomes for people who use Trust services
  • Ability to write, revise and implement policies, procedures, standards and guidelines
  • Experience of leading safeguarding service planning, development and strategy
  • Proven extensive leadership skills and senior management experience

Work Related Circumstances


  • Occupational Health Clearance
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trusts equal opportunities and equality and diversity policies
  • Moderate level of physical effort. Post will require walking across large hospital sites, attending on site meetings at a variety of locations and driving to multi agency meetings off site.

Employer details

Employer name

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


Stockport Foundation Trust

Poplar Grove



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