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
Designated Safeguarding Lead / Designated Safeguarding Person
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
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.Other
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
Experience of working with children
Experience in the use of CPOMS, word and spreadsheets
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
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
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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