To work within Student Services to promote a whole College approach to enhancing Safeguarding and wellbeing of students.
Your responsibilities will include supporting vulnerable students and adults, to assist in identifying needs, co-ordinating, support or referral and monitoring the impact of interventions and to ensure students have timely access to effective safeguarding and/or mental health support when needed.
To provide wellbeing interventions, advice, guidance and support for students experiencing high risk long term; enduring and/or complex mental health difficulties to enable them to succeed at College.
To assist the safeguarding team in providing a comprehensive safeguarding and emotional well-being service including supporting college staff through advice, guidance, and training.
This post is subject to a probationary period of 6 months, upon successful completion of which will become permanent
A full enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure & Barring Service will be required for this post
This job description is a guide to the duties you will be expected to perform immediately on your appointment. These may change in the future in line with the strategic direction and development of the College.
- To act as a point of contact for safeguarding concerns.
- Support vulnerable students and adults including those categorised as high-risk mental health and child protection, young carers, students living independently, looked after students, care leavers and those at risk.
- Effectively manage and report on students who require frequent/on-going mental health support in line with College processes;
- Work with the Student Serves team to agree and assign appropriate intervention for safeguarding and welfare concerns
- Maintain accurate, confidential, and up to date records of student information and of interventions on all cases of safeguarding and mental health concerns
- Monitor the recording and reporting of safeguarding referrals on campus, using appropriate client record and MIS systems, ensuring processes are followed.
- Work collaboratively within the wider Student Services team and with curriculum staff to provide appropriate interventions and case conferencing to ensure the best possible learner outcomes;
- Keep informed of current legislation, statutory and other guidance in relation to safeguarding, Prevent, child and adult protection, cascading information accurately.
- Take a proactive approach to ensuring the Safeguarding and Wellbeing of the student population including supporting the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and their Deputy (DDSL).
- Respond appropriately to safeguarding disclosures and concerns which relate to the welfare and well-being of students in a timely and confidential manner, including liaising with external agencies
- Lead and contribute to cross college campaigns on a range of different safeguarding topics working closely with the Student Services Manager, curriculum teams, the marketing team and student union.
- Support the smooth transition of pupils with safeguarding needs from school, and to assist progression within College, to liaise with the SEND Manager and the Student Services Manager to prepare pupils for College education and ensure all relevant staff have access to support documentation;
- Liaise with parents/ guardians, tutors and other internal and external professionals and to signpost students to relevant specialist services as necessary;
- To support the Student Services Manager with Looked After Children/ Young Care Leavers (LAC/YCL) and those living independently. Through a multi-agency approach, ensure that students access the support that they require and contribute to Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings to discuss progress, academic attainment and next steps;
- Collaborate with the Student Services team to share best practice and strive for excellence in all aspects of service;
- To work within current agreed practices and procedures of the College in maintaining safeguarding provision and establish new procedures under the direction of the Head of Student Services and Student Services Manager
- To take part in promotional and marketing events as required;
- To be energetic, innovative, flexible and fully committed to helping support students' learning, their progression and success;
- Write reports, collate data and undertake administrative tasks as required to achieve the main duties outlined above.
- You will be expected to be fully conversant with and implement the College's range of equality and diversity and safeguarding policies and procedures, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all learners and staff;
- Any other duties commensurate with grade and status as may reasonably be requested.
Our behaviours are not meant to be exhaustive but serve to illustrate and bring to life the range of aspects that contribute to being an effective Craven colleague. We need everyone to bring them to life.
WORK TOGETHER TO OFFER ALL LEARNERS AND CUSTOMERS EXCELLENT OUTCOMES, BUILD STRONG WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
- Connected - Work well with others
- Innovative - Creative and solutions-focussed, work inventively, generate new ideas
- Responsible - Takes ownership, completes work well and on time
ABLE AND WILLING TO EVOLVE, ACHIEVE POTENTIAL, ADAPT TO CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS
- Curious - Inquisitive and interested
- Optimistic - Have a positive outlook
- Progressive - Determined to succeed
CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING ADVERSITY AND ABLE TO TRANSCEND DIFFICULTY THROUGH CAPABILITY AND COMPETENCE
- Adaptable – Flexible
- Enthusiastic - Can do attitude
- Pragmatic - Sensible and realistic
HONEST AND OPEN IN ALL TRANSACTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS, SELF AWARE, POSITIVE AND HELPFUL
- Positive mindset - Committed and determined
- Respectful - Inclusive and kind
- Socially intelligent - Self-aware and employable
The person we are hoping to appoint will meet all the following essential requirements and some or all of the desirable requirements.
- Safeguarding qualification at Level 2
- A recognised qualification in at least one area of expertise in safeguarding, health and care to a minimum of NVQ 3 or equivalent, or substantial experience.
- Minimum of Level 2 qualification in English and Maths
- Extensive experience of working with young people
- Experience of working with vulnerable groups in an educational setting
- Recent experience working as a designated safeguarding officer
- An understanding of the issues facing young people and the barriers to education
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Excellent team working skills and the ability to manage own workload
- Up to date knowledge and experience of a range of safeguarding and wellbeing issues.
- Proven administrative and organisational skills
- Well organised, capable of working under pressure, meeting deadlines and targets, managing caseloads and with minimal supervision
- Team player, committed to an ethos of continuous improvement
- The ability to develop and maintain own professional knowledge, skills and experience, including formal training
- The ability to network with fellow professionals, local educational establishments, training providers and employers
- Excellent interpersonal skills, a good listener who is non-judgemental and able to be adaptable to the needs of staff and students
- Flexible approach to working which includes support for Open Events and Enrolment and supporting out of hours safeguarding disclosures
- A strong commitment to equality and diversity and the ability to recognise the needs of different service users
- Enjoys working collaboratively and seeking collaborative opportunities
- Ability to travel to different sites and providers