Vacancy - Designated Safeguarding Assistant (Maternity Cover)

We're looking for another safeguarding professional to join our team.

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.

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

Job Title: Designated Safeguarding Assistant (Maternity cover)
Location: Kent FA (Football Association) HQ, Invicta House, Cobdown Park, London Road. Aylesford. Kent. ME20 6DQ
Salary: £21,000 - £24,000.
Hours: 35 hours per week. 
Closing Date: Friday 23rd September 2022
Vacancy Type: Full-Time position, 35 hours per week. Fixed Term 12-month contract (Maternity cover).

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 (Football Association).

• 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.

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.

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 will learn about all aspects of grassroots 

• Enhanced Holiday entitlement.

• Access to employee benefits including an employee experience and engagement platform, and employee assistance scheme. 

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 23rd September 2022. Applications received after the 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 30th September 2022 to arrange a mutually convenient interview time.

• Interviews will be held week commencing 3rd October 2022.

• If required, second interviews may be held to determine the most suitable candidate for the role.

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 to the nature of the role and the information provided.

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.

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