Safeguarding Manager

The Football Association (FA)
Location London, UK
Posted 01/08/2017
Closes 15/08/2017
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Legal, IT, HR, Finance & Procurement
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Our Organisation:

Here at The FA we are responsible for overseeing, promoting and developing English football at all levels, from grassroots through to the professional game. We have big ambitions. Some of our objectives include ensuring that The Emirates FA cup remains the world’s premier cup competition, that Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park continue to be world-class venues, and that success is achieved with each of our 24 national sides.

The shared values, vision and pride of our people is central to our success. We are growing a team of highly skilled, passionate and hardworking individuals who are committed to the future of English football. We understand that diversity promotes innovation, and therefore we look for people who are great at what they do, no matter their background.

Overview of the role:

  • To manage the safeguarding case management team, ensuring that all investigations of criminal records information, allegations or concerns in relation to participants who may pose a risk to children or adults at risk in football, are risk assessed and risk managed effectively and in line with FA Policies, Procedures, Regulations and Protocols.
  • To provide regular supervision, learning and development support and feedback and ensure that the team works in partnership with relevant agencies and delivers effective and efficient risk assessment and management for vulnerable groups in football.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Manage day to day oversight of the case team, including regular support and supervision, ensuring that safeguarding and poor practice cases and complaints are managed effectively and efficiently in line with FA policies, procedures, regulations, protocols and thresholds, including oversight of complex, high profile cases and appeals.
  • Ensure the case team acts on all safeguarding children and poor practice referrals and complaints, undertaking investigations in relation to criminal records information, allegations or concerns about participants in football, completing risk assessments and where appropriate recommending effective risk management plans, including implementing emergency orders, such as interim suspensions.
  • Ensure the case team develops and maintains professional working relationships and partnerships with external agencies, in particular Police and Children’s and Adults Social Care departments, Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) and Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) and works collaboratively with colleagues within The FA Group and football’s designated safeguarding officer network, sharing information in accordance with FA Information Sharing protocols.
  • Ensure that all case files are kept up to date with accurate and consistent recording of actions taken on the case management system, in line with FA Data Protection Policies and protocols and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Code of Practice.
  • Ensure the case team progresses cases to their full conclusion, within the agreed timeframes, including preparing all relevant reports and paperwork for cases that require an order, for consideration by the Safeguarding Review Panel and or Regulatory Commission hearing an appeal.
  • Lead work with IT colleagues to ensure that the case management systems are effective and efficient and provide The FA with relevant monthly management information on caseloads and progression.
  • Work collaboratively with other Managers, the Head of Department, The FA CRB and the wider Team Safeguarding and contribute to delivering effective safeguarding strategy, policy, regulations, systems and practices in football, including support for the network of designated safeguarding officers in football.
  • Convene and manage regular interactive case team meetings, identifying and facilitating relevant learning and development solutions for the case team, in collaboration with other Managers.
  • Self reflect on performance, ask for feedback, identify relevant learning needs, attend and effectively prepare for regular supervision and relevant management meetings.
  • Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet The FA Group changing priorities

Who we are looking for:

  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social work (DipSW)
  • Experience of managing in a safeguarding, child protection, probation or youth offending team.
  • A good understanding of safeguarding and equality legislation, frameworks, practices.
  • Evidence of child-centred approach and an understanding of children’s rights, needs and best interests
  • Evidence of up to date child protection best practice, research and legislation
  • Experience/ability in providing advice and consultation to others on matters such as child protection
  • Proven experience of managing information sharing in the context of safeguarding children
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Office

What we can offer:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.

The Football Association (FA)

The Football Association was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game in England. The FA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game of football in England.

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