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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    14 June 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    16 May 2024

Job details

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Working pattern

Full time, term time: 37.5 hours per week, 38.8 weeks term time only

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

NJC Grade F Scale Points 24 - 28. Actual starting salary £28,643.77 (including holiday pay)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Are you passionate about safeguarding the well-being of vulnerable individuals within our community? Do you possess a drive to make a tangible difference in the lives of children and young people?

At The Park Community School, we believe that every individual deserves to feel safe, supported, and empowered. As a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, you will play a pivotal role in upholding this commitment, working closely with our dedicated safeguarding team to ensure the welfare of those in our care.

You will have the chance to have a real impact on our students via personalised interventions, collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, providing guidance and support whilst responding effectively to safeguarding concerns.

As a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, you will be at the forefront of safeguarding our students, working proactively to create a culture of vigilance and accountability. Your dedication and compassion will make a real difference in the lives of our students.

What the school offers its staff

The school is a founding member of The Tarka Learning Partnership (TLP), an academy trust with a vision to empower young people in North Devon through learning. The Trust includes Park’s main feeder primary schools - Eden Park Academy, Sticklepath Community Primary Academy, Landkey Community Primary Academy, Roundswell Community Primary Academy, Newport Community School Primary Academy, Fremington Primary School along with North Molton Primary School. TLP is also the employer of staff in both the Devon Primary SCITT, a partner dedicated to primary school teacher training.

TLP supports Park and ensures academic rigour, collaboration and the further development of teaching and learning. Park also has strategic alliances with the North Devon Academic Board, and is a member of Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance and the North Devon Teaching School Alliance. This reflects a key focus of our vision and governance to ensure continual school development.

As part of the Tarka Learning Partnership we are a Safe Employer and thorough checks will be carried out as part of our commitment to Safer Recruitment. We do not accept Curriculum Vitae. All successful applicants will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Further details about the role

Principal Accountabilities:

As deputy safeguarding lead, you will work alongside another DDSL and support the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and lead in the absence of the DSL/other DDSL.

Managing a small team of Pastoral Leads to meet the needs of identified students across the school. Either on a group basis or one to one, the post holder will liaise with other managers and facilitate packages for the students on a model of assess, plan, do and review through a team of pastoral leads.

Working as a Level 3 trained Safeguarding Officer to investigate, record and share information appropriately about students who may be at risk of abuse and, where necessary, liaising with the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), providing on-call safeguarding support and advice for students and staff. You may also be asked to report to meetings involving external agencies in support of the safeguarding process.

To provide a complementary service to that given by existing teachers and pastoral staff, addressing the needs of children who require help in overcoming barriers to learning in order to reach their full potential.

Prioritising students who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged.

Providing support to students and their families as part of a team, and undertaking welfare checks throughout school.

Main Duties:

Key Function 1: Child Protection and Safeguarding

Attend and contribute effectively to Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings, Child In Need meetings, Child Protection conferences, Early Help, and planning and review meetings; including those taking place out of normal working hours.

Liaise with the LA and follow up any referrals made in discussion with the DSL.

Attend relevant training on an annual basis.

Attend staff meetings/briefings forums/roadshows to reinforce and enhance safeguarding knowledge and practice

Be proactive in identifying training needs and inform DSL or Deputy Headteacher in charge of training

Keep up to date with safeguarding guidance and policies

Contribute to safeguarding training for staff as appropriate

Recognise how to identify signs of abuse and when to make a referral

Respond appropriately and promptly to disclosures or concerns relating to the well-being of a child

Refer allegations or cases of suspected abuse to the relevant investigating agencies, ensuring they have access to the most relevant up to date information

Liaise with the Head Teacher and DSL to inform them of any issues and ongoing investigations

Facilitating the sharing of information between all in-school stakeholders, local and external agencies.

Maintaining records and reporting systems, including CPOMS/Right for Children, by detailing key incidents and interactions with students identified as in need of mentoring support.

Managing confidential data in line with the school policies at all time.

Key Function 2: Identifying student needs and manage a small team delivering interventions

Devising intervention plans for individuals and groups of students and delivering this through a team of Pastoral Leads reviewing every six weeks (or more frequently as required) using a model of assess, plan, do and review

Identify the needs of students and match the skills of staff to the provision of needs plans in a planned and efficient way to ensure the maximum efficiency from the staff team.

Develop mentoring relationships with students, specifically those open to external agencies; extracting students, if appropriate, from different lessons, liaising with teaching staff, working with students in a child centred, trusted and ethical manner.

Overseeing and supporting key staff to help identify and support the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of students.

Working within a team approach with other professionals to share best practice and maximise effective outcomes.

Supporting and developing the whole school mental health strategy with other DDSL, the DSL and other Senior Managers./

Supporting the on-call behaviour management function of the school.

Key Function 3: Maintaining regular contact with families

Assisting in maintaining regular contact with families, including home visits, developing positive relationships with parents and carers and liaising with them on pastoral issues.

Providing support throughout school holidays virtually and by means of home visits (full time only).

Supporting daily attendance checks for students that have been identified vulnerable or disadvantaged and help improve their punctuality in line with the schools strategy.

Working closely with the other DDSL to monitor and triage effectively when reporting safeguarding incidents to enable the team to identify safeguarding risks in a timely manner.

Any other reasonable request made by the Headteacher and Line Manager commensurate with the grade and nature of the post.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
medical
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About The Park Community School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1448 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01271 373131

Nestled close to the beautiful North Devon coast and at the edge of Exmoor, The Park Community School is one of two 11-16 comprehensive schools in Barnstaple. Park was opened in 1972 following the re-organisation of selective education in the town; however, the origins of the school date back to 1910, with the site housing both the Boys and Girls grammar schools. Many elements of the original buildings remain and these help to link the school to its proud and strong history.
The school currently educates 1472 students, mainly from the town of Barnstaple and outlying villages. In recent years, the popularity of the school has meant that the geographical catchment has increased, with many students now travelling some distance to join us. Most year groups are currently oversubscribed.
The school is a founding member of The Tarka Learning Partnership (TLP), an academy trust with a vision to empower young people in North Devon through learning. The Trust includes Park’s main feeder primary schools - Eden Park Academy, Sticklepath Community Primary Academy, Landkey Community Primary Academy, Roundswell Community Primary Academy, Newport Community School Primary Academy, Fremington Primary School along with North Molton Primary School. TLP also includes the Devon Primary SCITT, a partner dedicated to primary school teacher training.
TLP supports Park and ensures academic rigour, collaboration and the further development of teaching and learning. Park also has strategic alliances with the North Devon Academic Board, and is a member of South West Institute for Teaching (SWIFT) and the North Devon Teaching School Alliance. This reflects a key focus of our vision and governance to ensure continual school development.
As part of the Tarka Learning Partnership we are a Safe Employer and thorough checks will be carried out as part of our commitment to Safer Recruitment. We do not accept Curriculum Vitae. Any successful candidate would be subject to a fully enhanced DBS check, and would be expected to adhere to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy as well as other mandatory policies

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