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    TBC - Asap

  • Closing date

    24 November 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    9 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£21,968.00 - £23,194.00 Annually (FTE) Pro Rata for hours and weeks worked

Support Assistant for Safeguarding & Mental Health job summary

Job description

Job title:

Support Assistant for Safeguarding & Mental Health


Grade: H4, scale point range: points 6-9

Salary range: £21,968-23,194 (FTE) (Subject to pay award)

Hours / weeks:

35 hours / week, Term Time only plus 5 INSET days

Contract type:


Reports to:

Designated Safeguarding Lead / Designated Safeguarding Person

Job purpose

To be responsible for the Academy’s approach to mental health and wellbeing by forging effective links with NHS mental health services and providing day-to-day support to both the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Safeguarding Person in order to keep all students safe.

To contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the Academy.

Academy approach

Developing and overseeing the Academy’s approach to mental health and wellbeing, including:

how its reflected in the design of behaviour policies, pastoral support and the curriculum (including PSHE);

how students and parents are supported and engaged; and

how staff are supported with their own mental wellbeing.

Student support

Know what national and local mental health services are available, and signpost these to students and parents.

Developing links with local mental health services.

Support the identification of at risk students and students exhibiting signs of mental ill health.

Establish and follow a clear process if a concern is raised about a student’s wellbeing.

Refer students to mental health services when appropriate.

Coordinate students' mental health needs within the Academy.


the delivery of student interventions, where these are delivered at school; and

the outcomes of these interventions on students’ education and wellbeing.

Support students by encouraging a culture of listening to them and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the Academy may put in place to protect them.

Respond appropriately to disclosures of concerns which relate to the well-being of a student.

Maintain confidential records of reported cases and action taken.

Review early help for students.

Support DSP on CAMHS referrals and feedback.

Supporting other staff

Make sure staff can:

recognise signs and symptoms of mental health needs in students; and

know what to do should they have a concern.

Support staff in contact with students with mental health needs to:

help raise awareness; and

give all staff the confidence to work with these students.

Sharing information about students with mental health needs with other members of staff where appropriate, so that there can be support throughout the school environment.


Administration of Safeguarding meetings / Mental Health meetings.

To provide confidential, effective, efficient and flexible administrative support to the department.

To liaise with parents, students, staff and external outside agencies either by phone, email or in person.

To support relevant sections of the Academy’s website are up to date and user friendly.

Contacting the students and parents as and when required.

To deal with routine departmental administration, including letters, reports, scanning, photocopying, equipment orders, incoming and outgoing mail and input of information onto CPOMS.

To provide administrative support for CPOMS.

To book and organise rooms for external and internal meetings.


To complete the required Safeguarding training.

To participate in arrangements for further training and development to initiate new ideas.

Gathering any other relevant information and evidence.

Any other activity needed by the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Child Protection Officer.

To ensure a safe working environment is maintained at all times.

To be aware of and comply with policies and procedures, relating to child protection, safeguarding, pastoral issues, health and safety, security, confidentiality and data protection – reporting all concerns to the appropriate person.

The duties and responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present. This role will be reviewed annually as part of the performance appraisal process and the post holder is expected to accept any reasonable alterations that may from time to time be necessary.

Westfield Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young people. To meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Person specification


Essentia l (or expected to train / qualify to that standard)

Qualifications & training

  • GCSE or equivalent

  • Proven on the job experience

Relevant experience

  • Experience of working with children

  • Experience in the use of CPOMS, word and spreadsheets

  • Administrative experience

Knowledge, skills & abilities

  • Ability to build relationships with parents / carers, students, and the departmental managers

  • An interest in the well being and safeguarding of students and child protection matters

  • Ability to deal with sensitive situations with integrity

  • The confidence and good judgement to manage situations relating to the poor conduct / behaviour of others towards a student

  • Ability to be resourceful and proactive when issues arise

  • Experience of computer generation, management, manipulation and secure retention of data, particularly through the use of and wide application of spreadsheets software

  • Flexible working and ability to multitask

  • Attend relevant training to fulfil the role

  • Ability to successfully prioritise

Personal qualities

  • Willingness to challenge opinion, where necessary, and to drive the child protection agenda

  • Strong listening skills, confidentiality & integrity is integral

  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

  • Problem-solving and creativity to deal with changing / conflicting deadlines and priorities

Commitment to safeguarding

Westfield Academy and it's Trust Board fully recognise that they have a duty of care to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children. We recognise that all members of the school community, including volunteers and Trustees, will at all times play a full and active part in protecting our students from harm.
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About Westfield Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1319 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Westfield Academy. We are an over-subscribed, high-performing, non-selective Academy. We have been a consistently "Good" OFSTED school since 2012, with our most recent inspection being December 2019. During my time as Headteacher, our students have consistently achieved some of the best exam results in South West Herts.

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