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Safeguarding Children Lead

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
13 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Safeguarding Lead to join the Norfolk and Waveney Children and Young People's Health Services Safeguarding Team.

If you are a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse or a qualified Social Worker with an interest in leadership as well as safeguarding expertise and knowledge, including experience in supporting learning, we would like to hear from you.

You are a highly motivated, enthusiastic person who will contribute to safeguarding children and young people in Norfolk, working in partnership with other agencies as well as supporting and training the wider workforce.

You will have operational leadership responsibilities across Breckland and West Norfolk, working collaboratively across localities.

You will work closely with other leadership colleagues in the service ensuring that quality and improving outcomes is at the heart of everything we do and contribute to the ongoing development of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme, including our digital service offer

All roles that work within MASH are subject to police vetting therefore commencement of role is dependent on cleared vetting confirmed by police.

(Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised)

Main duties of the job

To lead on development of defined areas of safeguarding practice as determined by Named Nurse and Head of Safeguarding.

To provide support and leadership within and across Cambridgeshire Community Services on all matters relating to safeguarding children.

To contribute to the design and implementation of the safeguarding children strategy in conjunction with the safeguarding team promoting evidence based practice in safeguarding within Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS).

To ensure that there is robust and effective clinical governance of safeguarding children processes in place.

To provide safeguarding advice, support and safeguarding supervision to frontline staff working with children, young people and their families.

To work as part of the safeguarding team in the Norfolk Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) ensuring effective timely communication and information sharing both internally and externally which supports multidisciplinary/interagency working

To be an integral part of the locality leadership team, working alongside other band & colleagues under the leadership of the Head of Locality to promote a high quality, efficient and effective service.

To participate in the design, implementation and delivery of the Trust's safeguarding training strategy and the safeguarding audit programme.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To participate and represent the safeguarding team on identified multi-agency sub-groups and meetings and work with partner agencies to facilitate the learning from multi-agency review.

To support and provide safeguarding advice within Just One Number and to support the Just One Norfolk Digital Platform.

Within this role you will need to travel as an independent practitioner on a regular basis, across Norfolk which involves both rural and urban travel. The nature of our work does result in travel arrangements changing at short notice.

Due to the large geography our service covers and the limitations of sufficient public transport to undertake this role you must hold a full and current driving licence and have access to your own transport. This is subject to the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, and therefore if the postholder requires a reasonable adjustment due to a disability then this will be considered
Duties and Responsibilities
  • To work with Trust staff to promote best practice, identify risk factors and initiate or escalate appropriate action in order to safeguard children and young people at risk of or suffering from physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
  • To contribute to collaborative interagency working and quality assurance frameworks for safeguarding children
  • To work as part of the health safeguarding team in the Norfolk Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) ensuring effective timely communication and information sharing both internally and externally which supports multidisciplinary/interagency working
  • To provide robust and reflective safeguarding supervision to named health practitioners on a one-to-one or group session as set out by the safeguarding supervision policy.
  • To provide safeguarding specialist advice and support to staff on a day-to-day basis on issues relating to the safeguarding agenda.
  • To maintain records and support staff to maintain records as per the NMC and Trust requirements
  • To assist the Named Professional and the Deputy Named Professional in the development, implementation, and delivery of the safeguarding training programme and to participate in learning needs analysis as required.
  • To assist the Named professional, Deputy Named Professional and Safeguarding Team in the production of the Safeguarding Children Annual Report, provide data in relation to Quality Key Performance Indicators, Section 11 Self assessments and other information as requested by the wider Trust or partner agencies
  • To contribute, with support from the Named Professional to Serious Case Review and Internal Management Review
  • To ensure that recommendations and action plans from Serious Case Reviews are implemented appropriately and that any learning from these are incorporated into training and disseminated across the Trust.
  • To assist the Named Professional in the audit programme together and support staff where necessary in undertaking safeguarding audit.
  • To ensure appropriate action is taken when clinical risks are identified by self, or a team member and that the escalation process is followed appropriately.
  • To provide clinical leadership and professional support to staff and team members this includes active participation in team meetings and deputising for the Named Professional/Deputy Named Professional where appropriate.
  • To assist with development of relevant policy documents that guide practice.
  • To undertake clinical practice duties as determined by Named Nurse, Safeguarding Children.
  • To support staff dealing with the emotional trauma of a child death, or injury through a serious incident situation and accessing emotional support for self when dealing with child protection issues.
  • To work in Just One Number providing safeguarding advice and support and to support Just One Norfolk Digital Platform.
  • Area of expertise:
    To lead on development of defined areas of safeguarding practice as determined by Named Nurse and Head of Safeguarding

    To provide support and leadership within and across Cambridgeshire Community Services on all matters relating to safeguarding children
    To support staff with the communication of complex and sensitive information effectively with children, young people, their parents and other service users

    Maintain good relationships with other professional leads and all members of staff, thus developing professionalism through the organisation.

    Key relationshipsa. Director of Norfolk Children and Young Peoples Servicesb. Head of Safeguardingc. Named professional / Deputy Named professionald. Safeguarding Teame. Heads of Locality HCP 0-19 Programmef. Trust Staffg. External agency leads for Safeguarding Children related work
    People Management
    1. Responsible for day-to-day supervision of staff within a section or department2. Responsible for day-to-day management of a group of staff3. Maintaining own professional development and requirement to take part in appraisal and KSF process.
    Research and Development Activity
    Required to undertake regular R& D activity as appropriate.
    Clinical and Practice Governance
  • Observe and maintain strict confidentiality with regards to any patient/family/staff/ records and information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • Any data that is taken/shared as part of a phone call or transported, faxed, or transferred electronically must be undertaken with regard to the Trust Information Governance and Information Security policies.
  • The post holder must adhere to the Trust risk assessment and risk management processes.
  • Be aware of and adhere to Trust infection control policies and procedures.
  • It is a condition of your employment that you are currently registered with NMC, and it is your responsibility to maintain your professional registration.
  • Undertake mandatory training and any other training relevant to the role as required by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  • The post holder must participate in clinical and safeguarding audits as required.
  • Participate in clinical and management supervision on a regular basis.
  • The post holder is required to participate in relevant emergency preparedness process for their team.
  • General
    Safeguarding people responsibility

    Safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect is a collective responsibility.

    There is an expectation that all staff develop and maintain their role relevant safeguarding people competencies and comply with local safeguarding partnerships practice. Alongside this employee who are registrants are reminded of their professional duty of care.

    Safeguarding means protecting a citizens health, wellbeing, and human rights enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is an integral part of providing high-quality health care.

    Those most in need of protection include:
  • Children and young people
  • Adults at risk, such as those receiving care in their own home, people with physical, sensory, and mental impairments, and those with learning disabilities.

  • The post holder must at all times carry out his/her duties with regard to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust Equal Opportunities Policy

    To be aware of the responsibilities of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, and staff.

    All post holders must adhere to the code of conduct on confidentiality and be aware of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.

    This job description is intended only as a guide to the range of duties involved. The post holder will need to be flexible and adaptable in order to respond to other duties that may be required from time to time and the changes and developments within the Trust.

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure of Barring Service to be made to check for any previous criminal convictions. In addition to this all roles within MASH are subject to police vetting therefore commencement of role is dependent on cleared vetting confirmed by police. Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users in line with its equal opportunities policy and policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders

    Person Specification



    • First level Registered Nurse or Social Worker
    • Current NMC Registered Specialist Practitioner in school nursing/health visiting/paediatrics/midwifery/Social Work England registration
    • First Degree
    • Evidence of further training/education in Safeguarding Children


    • NSPCC or other Trust accredited safeguarding children supervision training or other relevant training.
    • Recognised professional teaching qualification



    • Relevant post qualification experience working in specialist practitioner role
    • Experience of working autonomously in their role working with children and young people
    • Relevant experience of safeguarding children
    • Demonstrates a good understanding of Legislation and National Guidelines that drive safeguarding policy and practice
    • Knowledge of models of supervision
    • Understanding of multi-agency frameworks and child protection


    • Experience of working in MASH or multi-agency setting
    • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring
    • Leadership experience / Experience of being a Domestic Violence Champion or Neglect Champion.



    • Demonstrates an ability identify and manage safeguarding concerns within current practice.
    • Demonstrates an ability to remain child focused and facilitate the Think Family approach with health practitioners
    • Demonstrates professional curiosity and the ability to manage appropriate professional challenge in safeguarding work.
    • Ability to communicate effectively : verbally, in writing and via other media (ie power point, teaching presentations, )
    • Ability to demonstrate effective team and multi-agency collaborative working.
    • Demonstrates an awareness of safeguarding in relation to the development of Just One Number service and digital platform


    • Supervision skills both individual and group facilitation skills.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


    Breckland Business Centre

    St Withburga Lane


    NR19 1FD

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