SW1P, London (On-site)
£36,000 - £40,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description
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Mothers’ Union is a Christian Charity that has been supporting families for over 140 years. We have over 4 million members worldwide, 55,000 of whom are in Britain and Ireland. Working alongside local churches, as volunteers, our members aim to demonstrate faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. 

Mothers’ Union (MU) is placed within communities and churches in a position to challenge behaviours and abuse as it happens, and bring healing and support to those both within and outside of our membership who are affected by this. We are looking for an individual with the experience to help move our safeguarding policy and practice  forward, by ensuring that appropriate and practical systems and procedures are in place, and capacity is developed across the movement to facilitate longer term behaviour change in the communities we serve. To unlock Mothers’ Union’s potential in this area with the membership we need to be able to track change, facilitate a safeguarding ethos, capture best practice and manage risk more effectively from a grassroots level.

We are based in Britain and Ireland with central responsibility for our membership and their work in these isles. We do also have an affiliated set of organizations that we operate with across the globe.

Key Duties

  • Ensure that centrally-supported programmes and projects are compliant with sectoral best practice and help build the necessary capacity and systems:
  • Auditing all programmes and making amendments to  ongoing programme to ensure full compliance
  • Supporting organisational wide learning through safeguarding incident experience.
  • Support frontline operational staff of MU with guidance and training in safeguarding.
  • Ensure that the Charity is compliant with sectoral best practice.  Ensure compliance with our in-house systems and practices, including ensuring there is  a clear point of contact and support management in compliance to these systems.
  • Continue the ongoing process of building the capacity of staff and trustees to understand safeguarding, recognise safeguarding concerns and react appropriately in line with organisational policy and process.
  • Facilitating capacity building and sensitisation through workshops, training facilitators and key leaders to enable implementation of appropriate and contextual systems and process.
  • To represent Mothers’ Union on key external bodies and at key meetings, and be in attendance and presenting at the twice-yearly Worldwide Board meetings.
  • The support lead persons to receive reports of any incidents and ensure that these are processed in line with agreed procedures
  • Support key groups of members to ensure their activities are not creating organizational reputational risk.
  • Support colleagues to provide support in a safeguarding standpoint for their international programmes.

Key Competencies

  • Proven knowledge and understanding of safeguarding as it relates to a global, grassroots organisation.
  • Comfortable working with people of a Christian faith working with the Anglican church.
  • Experience in ensuring volunteers are acting in accordance with organizational safeguarding systems and process.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Adaptability to changing situations.
  • Willingness and experience of working with colleagues working in a cross cultural environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – the ability to be equally comfortable with and sensitive to senior volunteer leaders, elderly members, staff, external stakeholders, from different cultures and contexts.
  • Strong leadership skills to persuade, promote and implement MU policies and programmes across the countries we operate.
  • Empathy with the Christian faith.

Work Location

This role is primarily based at our head office in Central London. Mothers’ Union is currently operating a hybrid working pattern where are required to work a minimum two days from office. However, there will be occasions where staff will need to work from office for more than the 2 day minimum due to operational requirements.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please apply by sending your CV and a Cover Letter via Charity Jobs.

The Cover Letter should clearly outline how your skills match the main responsibilities of the role.

Application Deadline

The closing date for applications is 17 June 2022. Due to the number of applications we receive, we may not be able to individually respond to each applicant. If we do not get in touch with you within 4 weeks from the application deadline, then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for this position.

Equal Opportunity

Mothers’ Union is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to create an inclusive environment for all employees.

More about Mothers Union

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Refreshed on: 02 June 2022
Closed date: 17 June 2022 at 17:00
Job ref: Safeguarding Compliance Lead - May 2022
Tags: Social Care/Development, Advocacy