Safeguarding Officer/Caseworker

An exciting opportunity for an experienced

Safeguarding Officer/Caseworker

to join a growing and strategic team

£40k per annum

Would you like to use your Safeguarding skills to help shape the direction of the Safeguarding function at the Diocese of Westminster?

Our Safeguarding department is committed to promoting a culture of Safeguarding throughout the mission of the Catholic church in Westminster. This is felt throughout London, Hertfordshire and Middlesex through our delivery of services, food banks, shelters, day centres, social enterprise and the many hundreds of programs provided by our parishes and agencies throughout the Diocese of Westminster.

This means there is lots to get involved in – and to be excited about.

Who are we?

We are the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, a faith-based charity with offices close to Victoria Train and Underground Station and just a short walk from St James Park and Westminster Underground stations.

We are home to the Archbishop of Westminster (Cardinal Vincent Nichols) & our beautiful Westminster Cathedral. We are one of the leading Catholic dioceses in the country, delivering our charitable mission through our network of 208 schools in which over 90,000 pupils attend daily, 212 parishes and several hundred social justice initiatives. We seek to positively influence the lives of all members of society.

Our core values are Competence, Reliability, Honesty, Perseverance & Love.

Our values are at the centre of everything we do and as such, we are looking for a Safeguarding Officer who is able to clearly demonstrate and evidence them

The Role:

Working closely with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Safeguarding Caseworker, safeguarding personnel (volunteer, lay and professional) providing professional advice and support to parishes, religious orders and other organisations as well as the Safeguarding team as a whole. Promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, by managing a caseload; this involves dealing with allegations against clergy, staff and lay parishioners.

You will have experience of the following:

  • Substantial relevant experience as a Social Worker, Police Office, Probation officer or in a similar role
  • Awareness of issues affecting survivors/victims of abuse, and experience of listening and responding to their concerns.
  • Experience of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Experience of dealing sensitively and professionally with vulnerable groups.
  • Experience of office and team working.
  • Experience of training and supporting a volunteer workforce.

Benefits:

In return for your hard work and commitment to us, you will receive a competitive reward package that will include, but is not limited to:

  • Life Assurance
  • Access to Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Discounts scheme through Edenred-shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets gift cards and much more
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Access to low cost loans with Churches Mutual
  • Employee assistance programme– free, independent 24/7 help and advice for work-related issues as well as problems affecting home life

Location:                     We currently operate a hybrid model of working 3 days per week in our

London office in Victoria and the remaining 2 days from home

Hours of work:           35 hours per week (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Salary:                             £40k per annum

Closing date:               Tuesday, 24 May 2022 at noon

Job Reference:            342-220

Please click below for job description.

Safeguarding Officer Job Description

To be considered for the role, please complete an online application. CVs will NOT be considered, therefore, please do not send them. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please note that you will need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position. You must provide proof of Right to Work in the UK.  We reserve the right to remove the vacancy before closing date.

Equal Opportunities & Living Wage Statement:

The Diocese of Westminster is an Equal Opportunities and accredited Living Wage employer. To be successful, we aspire to be person centred at all times and place human dignity at our centre. We aim at all times to recruit the person who is best suited to the job, and we welcome applications from all communities and underrepresented groups, regardless of race, sexual orientation, disability, faith, age and gender. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria. We strive to take a holistic approach to the development of our people so that we may better serve and empower the mission of our Church as ministered by the parishes, deaneries, schools and communities that we support. Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrating and promoting diversity.

We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our organisation, share a sense of belonging and demonstrate our values. With this in mind, we positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion at the Diocese of Westminster and place it at the heart of our aim which is to reflect and connect with the diverse communities that we serve.

Actions we take to provide equality of opportunity for all candidates include:

·        We anonymise application forms during our shortlisting process to ensure that candidates are assessed without any consideration of their name, gender or background.

·        As part of this anonymisation, we don’t take into consideration where candidates studied, or the method of that study e.g. full-time, part-time or distance learning.

·        We apply a consistent approach to our question setting across our applications and interviews to ensure that everyone is assessed against the identified values, competencies and job requirements. Our values are important to us and as such we use a scoring framework that marks candidates based on values, behaviours and competencies.

·        We provide guidance and brief all our interviewers throughout the selection processes in recruitment best-practice to mitigate against any potential for conscious or unconscious bias or discrimination. Whenever possible we will have multiple interviewers when assessing each candidate to ensure marking is accurate and fair.

·        We ensure all our assessment venues are accessible. We offer alternative formats of our application forms to encourage applicants with disabilities or who require reasonable adjustments to perform at their best.

·        We will work together with candidates with a disability or health condition to implement reasonable adjustments to enable them to feel comfortable and strive during the assessment process.