The Archdiocese of Birmingham's mission is to serve the people living within the Archdiocese, supporting parish priests, the people in the parish and school communities, to worship and live according to Gospel values and to evangelise within their local communities through the witness of their lives.

We are now seeking a Head of Safeguarding to join this charitable, faith-based organisation. The post holder will manage the operations of the Safeguarding Team, who operate in accordance with the statutory framework and the Catholic Church’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Significant practitioner experience in safeguarding children and/or vulnerable adults.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with other relevant agencies, e.g. Children’s or Adult Services, Health or Police and with service users on delivering a responsive service.
  • Compassionate with excellent listening skills, able to empathise with victims and survivors.
  • Experience of delivering training to a variety of audiences.

To succeed in this role, you will be a person of integrity, able to work confidentially and sensitively and have excellent interpersonal skills.  You will be flexible and able to work under pressure, with good communication skills. 

Alan Hassall is the outgoing Head of Safeguarding:

“It hasn’t been an easy decision for me to leave after only three years, and I would have liked to have stayed on longer, however, due to some recent family events and circumstances, I am currently unable to give the full-time dedication and commitment that this role really does require,” said Alan.

“Whilst the three years I have spent here have at times been challenging, as I arrived following the IICSA case study into the Archdiocese, it has been an incredibly rewarding role and one which I will definitely miss.

“It has been an honour to be a part of such important and necessary change, and the passion and enthusiasm of so many people across our Archdiocese in promoting good safeguarding practice and creating welcoming safe spaces for all has not only been an inspiration to me but I know will have made a very real difference for vulnerable people in our communities.

“Speaking to survivors of abuse has impressed upon me how much we must continue to listen, learn and act. An awful lot has been done nationally and locally and it is now a time to embed that change; I wish I could have been here longer to help with that process, but I am confident that there is a determination within the Archdiocese at all levels to ensure the safety and protection of all. This will be a rewarding role for an experienced safeguarding professional.”

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law.

For more information, please contact Adam Stacey, Managing Director of Charisma Charity Recruitment, via [email protected] or 01962 813300.  Your application should be submitted through the Charisma website and include your CV and supporting statement.

Closing date for applications: 11 July 2022
Interview date: w/c 25 July 2022

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