Portsmouth, Portsmouth
£45,000 - £50,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About us

The Diocese of Portsmouth comprises 90 parishes across Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire (except Slough), South Oxfordshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. Formed 19th May 1882 by the division of the Diocese of Southwark, the Diocese of Portsmouth has a presence in every community and can offer ministry and mission to all who come to us, working towards the Bishop’s vision of Bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through his church.

Overview of the role

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable people.

We are looking for a skilled and experienced professional who is committed to the Safeguarding of vulnerable people and who will lead the Safeguarding function for the Diocese.

As Safeguarding Co-ordinator, you will be working in a senior role leading the ongoing development of safeguarding across the Diocese demonstrating strong, inspiring leadership skills that also sympathetic to the values and teaching of the Catholic Church.

To be successful in this role, you will have comprehensive knowledge of safeguarding legislation, policy procedure and best practice guidance. You will come from a background of either Social Work, Police, probation or Health with specific experience in safeguarding at a senior level.

The post holder will lead the delivery of case support, supervision and the provision of expert advice to the Bishop, Chief Operating Officer, Trustees and Clergy and take appropriate action in response to safeguarding issues that arise.

You will report routinely to the Safeguarding commission which oversees the safeguarding function for the Diocese in order to provide effective assurance to the Trustees that safeguarding arrangements are appropriate and continuously evaluated and developed.

The successful applicant will be highly motivated, energetic and enthusiastic individual who has proven leadership skills and in-depth experience in the field of Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and can demonstrate:

  • operational and management experience in the complex world of safeguarding
  • an ability to challenge, build and manage strong and effective relationships
  • collaborative working at a strategic level including with external agencies
  • resilience within a fast moving, complex environment
  • commitment to improving services and developing a learning culture


If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact:

Heather Hauschild - Chief Operating Officer


Please apply by sending in your CV and a covering letter explaining the reasons for your application and how you meet the person specification. No more than 2 sides of A4 in Arial 11 point.

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st November 2019 at 17:00pm.

Interviews: Monday 18th November 2019


Notes to candidates

1. Interviews: all shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a face-to-face interview.
2. Unsuccessful applications: if you have not been contacted within 3 weeks of your application, we regret that you will not have been offered an interview on this occasion.
3. Criminal records: due to the requirements of certain roles, a Disclosure and Barring System (DBS) disclosure must be obtained by the organisation. Please be aware that anyone who is included in the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) barred lists will commit an offence if they engage, or seek or offer to engage, in a regulated activity from which they are barred.
4. General: this post will be subject to review under the relevant Diocesan Terms and Conditions of Service.

5. New employees to the Diocese will be subject to a probationary period of six months.

Refreshed on: 22 October 2019
Closed date: 01 November 2019
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