Specialist Safeguarding Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Flexible (Hampshire Wide)
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit a full time Hampshire Specialist Safeguarding Nurse (37.5 hours) to work within the Early Help CAMHS provision, although an element of this role is trust wide. The post holder will form part of the Trust Wide Safeguarding Children's Team.

The post holder will be accountable to the Named Nurse / Associate Director for Safeguarding Children and the Named Nurse's and be responsible to the General Manager for Early Helo. The post holder will work together with other Trust Safeguarding Children and Adult leads and safeguarding link practitioners to ensure delivery of Sussex Partnership Safeguarding Children Strategy and co-ordination of activity across the Trust.

The post holder will provide expert advice via clinical consultations, supervision, training and support on safeguarding children matters, working together with key professionals and partner agencies with a particular focus on Safeguarding within an Education Setting.

You will be joining a friendly, supportive and creative established teams which has recently benefitted from increased investment. We are delighted with this development and welcome candidates' applications.

Main duties of the job

The candidate will be able to make autonomous decisions in safeguarding children cases, analysing complex and sensitive information relating to child protection matters and be able to demonstrate high-level decision-making skills regarding the management, planning and organisation of safeguarding children services for the Trust.

Demonstrate strong leadership to ensure a co-ordinated service to safeguard children and support parents and carers as appropriate
  • Deliver, review and create up to date safeguarding children training
  • To co-ordinate and facilitate interagency work to support the functions of the LSCPs including leading on specific projects
  • To work together with senior staff in other agencies in safeguarding children matters including problem solving in complex child protection cases
  • To provide and receive highly complex information related to child protection issues including reports into child deaths

Covid-19 full vaccination may be a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Hampshire:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Winchester, Chichester, Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Specialist Safeguarding Nurses in our team you will be:
  • Registered with the NMC
  • Post graduate qualification or expertise in safeguarding and child protection
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role
  • Experienced working within a mental health setting

Flexibility with working patterns and own transport as the role involves travel across the whole Sussex County area. SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

The role is full time time.


The post holder will work closely with the named nurse for Safeguarding children to ensure that children and young people accessing the Hampshire CAMHS Early Help services are effectively safeguarded. It will be a post which will enable the individual to develop their leadership skills and knowledge in Safeguarding children practice and to deputise for the named nurse as required.

The post holder will be responsible for providing responsive safeguarding supervision and support on both an individual and group basis to our CAMHS Early Help staff. The development and facilitation of safeguarding training across the Hampshire CAMHS service will be required

Part of the role will be to ensure that Hampshire CAMHS are represented and participating in multi -agency work streams which will include attendance at regular HSCP sub group meetings, forums and task and finish groups.

The individual will also support in the development of safeguarding practice using learning from internal and external audit, multi- agency reviews and critical incidents. The post holder will also be involved in reviewing and developing relevant policies as required.

The post holder will need to demonstrate robust knowledge and a clear commitment to safeguarding practice with a particular focus on Safeguarding within an Education Setting. There will need to be an ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written format. It is important that the successful applicant is able to establish positive working relationships both within the service and with external partner agencies.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependant.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (paediatric/Mental health/HV/School nurse/) appropriate to the job role.
  • Degree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
  • NSPCC or other accredited safeguarding children supervision training (or willingness to undertake this)
Experience Essential
  • Minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience which includes safeguarding children practice
  • Experience of supervising/mentoring staff and students
  • Ability to work under pressure and demonstrate flexibility of practice
  • Prior experience of developing and delivering specialist training to small and large groups
  • Evidence of previous safeguarding role or experience
  • Experience of managing or participating in clinical audit and analysing findings.

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