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Designated Safeguarding Assistant

Job Title: Designated Safeguarding Assistant

Location: Kent FA HQ, Invicta House, Cobdown Park, London Road. Aylesford. Kent. ME20 6DQ. The Kent FA also 

Salary: £21,000 - £24,000.

Hours per week: 35 hours per week. 

Closing Date: Friday 20th August 2021

Vacancy Type: Full Time position, 35 hours per week. Fixed Term contract until 2024. 

Our Organisation

The Kent FA prides itself in being an innovative and forward-thinking organisation and these are exciting times as we embark on developing a new corporate strategy to reinforce the vision, and objectives moving forward for the next four years. The successful candidate for this role will be instrumental in helping the Kent FA to deliver this.

You can find out more about Kent FA and the work we do on our website at .


Kent FA is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through The FA DBS process. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according the nature of the role and the information provided.

The Role

Kent FA is looking for an enthusiastic Designated Safeguarding Assistant with a child-centred approach and a passion for grassroots football to join the team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the implementation and delivery of safeguarding within Kent FA, implementing and maintaining The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard and providing support to key volunteers to embed safeguarding across the game in Kent.  

Key Accountabilities

Operationally support the implementation and delivery of safeguarding within the Kent FA, being accountable for relevant areas of The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FAs.
Track and ensure ongoing compliance with The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FAs measures, policies and procedures.   
Support the Designated Safeguarding Officer in dealing with all safeguarding poor-practice concerns and complaints with a focus on timeliness and outcomes and line with FA policy, regulations and guidance. 
Assist the Designated Safeguarding Officer to ensure the Kent FA is compliant with safeguarding legislation e.g. Data Protection/GDPR 2018, Children’s Act, Protection of Freedoms Act (Criminal Record Checks), the Government’s ‘Working Together guidance 2018’ and any other legislation or statutory guidance that may be introduced.
Identify, develop and maintain strong relationships with key local safeguarding stakeholders.
Assist the Designated Safeguarding Officer to strategically manage effective  Club Welfare Officer networks; liaising with the Local Authority Designated Officers, Local Safeguarding Partnerships, Local Safeguarding Adult Boards, Children’s and Adults’ Social Care Services, Police Child Protection Teams and support club welfare officers (youth, adults and disability teams)  to be compliant with safeguarding legislation, FA safeguarding policy, best-practice guidance and education  programmes.

What we are looking for

The successful candidate will have a safeguarding qualification and/or relevant experience in a child protection, safeguarding, or welfare role.

What we can offer

A great start to your career in football with the local governing body of the grassroots game here in the heart of the County
Opportunities to progress your career across the County FA Network throughout England and at The FA
Access to high-quality training, networking and personal development opportunities
A varied and exciting working life, where you’ll learn about all aspects of grassroots football
Enhanced holiday entitlement
Access to employee benefits including an employee experience and engagement platform, and employee assistance scheme.  
Equality and Diversity
Kent FA promotes inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any requirements in relation to the recruitment or interview process, please include details on the application form.

About the application and selection process

Complete the Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and return to no later than 5pm on Friday 20th August 2021. Applications received after deadline will only be considered in exceptional circumstances e.g. proof of posting indicates undue delay through no fault of the applicant
Receipt of applications will not be acknowledged
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 27th August 2021 to arrange a mutually convenient interview time
Interviews will be held week commencing 30th August 2021
If required, second interviews may be held in order to determine the most suitable candidate for the role. 

Application Documents

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Darryl Haden, Chief Executive via for an informal discussion.