About the Role
Are you ready for a new challenge?
Do you want to work in interesting and varied schools within a forward-thinking Academy Trust?
We are seeking to appoint a positive, determined and pastorally centred professional to be a safeguarding expert for our schools in our midlands clusters. These cover the following areas:
Cluster 1: Cannock, Staffordshire, Telford and Wolverhampton
Cluster 2: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and Lichfield
Cluster 3: Rugby, Atherstone, Birmingham and Nuneaton
As a Safeguarding & Family Liaison Lead you will be working as part of the national safeguarding team and be the first point of contact when issues arise for our schools in your area.
You will be:
• Experienced in safeguarding and have been a lead in education, early years or youth provision,
• Excellent and engaging in your communication to different groups of people,
• A people person with the ability to build relationships with school colleagues, professional partners, children, parents/carers and the wider community,
• Knowledgeable about best practice in safeguarding, able to quality assure safeguarding mechanisms and hold schools to account,
• Able to identify strengths and weaknesses in practice, and create and monitor support plans to achieve improvement,
• Able to work sympathetically and sensitively with all those affected by issues of safeguarding,
• Understanding of the needs of children and young people, particularly those with complex emotional, social or medical needs and behavioural difficulties,
• Able and willing to travel around your region as required, and occasionally across the Trust, to work in and with REAch2 schools.
If you feel that you have the qualities we are looking for, we invite you to submit an application.
To arrange an informal discussion please contact: Helen Beattie, Head of Safeguarding on [email protected]
The Application Form can be downloaded from the Documents section of this advert.
Completed applications forms should be sent to the HR department using [email protected]
REAch2 Academy Trust have an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete the Trust’s online Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form separately.
REAch2 is continuously working towards improving the diversity of the Trust, and the experience for our staff from diverse backgrounds. We are clear that the value of greater diversity to the Trust lies in the way we will value difference when we work together towards richer solutions.
We are keen to hear from all candidates with the appropriate experience who feel they can make a real contribution to the Trust. If you can bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we face whether through your background as someone from an ethnic minority or you live with a disability (visible or not), are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGBTQ+, your application will receive a warm welcome. As will applications from all suitable candidates.
REAch2 is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all adults working in or with our schools to share this commitment.
Enclosed in our application pack is a copy of our safer recruitment policy, which outlines the steps we take to ensure that we attract the most suitable, high calibre candidates, and to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuited to working with them.
We encourage all potential candidates to read this policy carefully in order to fully understand what is expected of you in our recruitment process. All roles will be assessed for the appropriate level of DBS check, which will include a Children’s Barred List check if the role meets the criteria for regulated activity.
• A varied and rewarding role where you make a difference every day,
• The benefits of being part of the forward-thinking REAch2 Academy Trust – one of the most successful primary Trusts in the country,
• A wide range of professional development opportunities and the opportunity to work with some of the best educational professionals in the country,
• A flexible work location (home based, with daily visits to different schools)
• Very competitive salary,
• Membership of the generous LGPS pension scheme,
• 28 days’ paid holiday (rising to 31 days after 5 years’ service).
As part of REAch2 employee benefits we also offer an eye care scheme, access to an Employee Assistance Programme for you and your immediate family and membership to ‘perks at work’.