Safeguarding Manager
Location: Wast Hills
Salary: Competitive
Expires: 04/08/2019 23:59

Job Title:Safeguarding Manager

Location:Trillion Trophy Training Centre and St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium

Hours of work:37.5 hours per week to include matchdays


Application Closing Date: 04/08/2019

 Due to the urgency of filling this vacancy, suitable candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply and the role will be shut down as soon as a suitable candidate has been sourced.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Ensure Club compliance with statutory obligations under relevant legislation and the adherence to the rules and regulations surrounding Safeguarding as laid down by the relevant governing body under which the Club is bound – i.e. the Football League or the Premier League and BCC.
  • To monitor and identify each of the activities across the Football Club which require Safeguarding best practice principles, and work with those personnel to increase their awareness and education whilst helping to ensure the Club’s safeguarding processes apply across its working practices.
  • Work closely with and report on a regular basis to the Club’s Senior Management Lead for safeguarding and provide advice on any progress, issues that may arise or project work as so required.
  • Work closely with HR and Heads of Department to develop and implement safer recruitment and induction practices across the organisation.
  • Continuously work to maintain, embed and improve the Club’s safeguarding provision across the Club ensuring the highest standards for safeguarding vulnerable groups, policies practices and good practice guidelines.
  • Manage the development, implementation, promotion and review of the Safeguarding vulnerable groups policies, practices and good practice guidelines and regularly review the policies in place, amending and updating where necessary in line with changing legislation or regulations, and creating new policy where so required or identified.
  • Communicating any such changes to policy or process accordingly and working with colleagues to understand the policy and processes required as so implemented
  • Named lead member of staff to manage safeguarding incidents, concerns and allegations.
  • Maintain accurate, confidential and up-to-date records on all safeguarding incidents, concerns or allegations.
  • Give support and guidance to all staff regarding safeguarding and ensure the implementation plan for safeguarding is being followed.
  • Lead and provide direction to Safeguarding Officers.
  • Ensure that Safeguarding Officers are trained, supported and supervised. 
  • Act as the Club’s lead source of safeguarding support, advice and expertise.
  • Ensure staff understand their individual responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable groups.
  • Ensuring all staff have undertaken FA safeguarding training.
  • Deliver all internal FA safeguarding courses.
  • Verify all DBS applications, certificates and Right to Work documents for all members of staff.
  • Work closely with staff to ensure host families are all assessed in line with statutory regulations and following best practices in their delivery of the service.
  • Be the main point of contact for host families and players for all safeguarding and welfare issues.
  • Be involved in the decision making process for allocating full time players to families.
  • Ensuring copies of host families’ gas safety certificates and insurance documents are obtained.

Academy Specific Duties:

  • Be a visible, accessible and approachable presence within the Academy environment for all stakeholders.
  • Produce of a monthly safeguarding, welfare and equality report for the AMT which details all resolved and unresolved safeguarding, welfare and equality issues within the Academy department.
  • Support the AMT in the production of the APP and in meeting EPPP requirements.
  • Deliver staff CPD workshops on a 10-week cycle to update around current trends, changes in legislation and offer refreshers in key processes.
  • Induction training/workshops for all new starters around Club safeguarding policy, referral process, staff responsibilities, and how to identify the signs of abuse and neglect.
  • Facilitate parent workshops to update around policy and address any concerns.
  • Conducting risk assessments for all external venues including trips and tours
  • Provide the Operations department with file notes to be added to players files as and when there are any safeguarding concerns/actions

Person Specification

Essential Qualifications:

  • Relevant degree level qualification or other extensive relevant safeguarding education and experience

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • The ability to work directly with vulnerable groups
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding with a child and adult at risk focussed approach
  • Holds and maintains an expert knowledge and understanding of government strategy, legislation, guidance and plans for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups as well as the management of safeguarding incidents, concerns and allegations of poor practice and abuse
  • Holds and maintains an expert level of knowledge and understanding of developing and implementing safer recruitment practices
  • Ability to provide robust and evaluative evidence demonstrating progress, achievements and compliance
  • Ability to work effectively under own direction and demonstrate effective strategic leadership without close supervision or day-to-day management
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively, clearly and accurately both verbally and in writing with colleagues, vulnerable groups and their parents/carers.
  • Ability to recognise and challenge inappropriate behaviour and poor practice.
  • Discretion and ability to keep confidential information confidential sharing information only where appropriate
  • Ability to record, handle and store clear and comprehensive records and information in line with legislation

Desirable Skills and Abilities:

  • A successful track record of providing leadership at senior strategic level within a comparable organisation
  • A successful track record of supporting and driving organisational change
  • Experience of writing reports for and presenting to Senior Management Team
  • Experience in contributing and working as part of a team
  • Knowledge and experience of identifying and managing risk
  • Experience of offering safeguarding advice and support to colleagues, vulnerable groups and their parents/carers within a comparable organisation
  • Experience of successful safeguarding policy and procedure development and implementation
  • Experience of developing and monitoring quality assurance and improvement processes
  • Experience of safeguarding training/education development, delivery and evaluation specific to individual roles and responsibilities within a comparable organisation

Personal Requirements:

  • Well organised, able to prioritise workload whilst being flexible and able to cope with the unexpected or unplanned
  • Personable and approachable with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Thinks broadly and strategically
  • Remains focused on responsibilities and objectives
  • Must adhere to confidentiality and data protection procedures at all times

Terms of Appointment:

  • 37.5 hours per week
  • 20 days annual leave pro rata (rising by 1 day on completion of each full year to a maximum of 25 days on the eve of 5 years continuous employment) plus 8 statutory bank holidays
  • 6 months probation

Special Conditions:

  • Flexibility with working hours required to meet demands of the role
  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Full and clean UK driving licence

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applicants from all sectors of the community.