Safeguarding Mentor Meadowbrook College, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Job description

We are seeking to recruit someone who is passionate about safeguarding children and young people, is caring and supportive and who is not afraid to advocate for students where necessary.

We wish to appoint someone who has:
experience of working with children and the safeguarding requirements of schools
experience of working with vulnerable families
an excellent understanding of how a multi agency approach can assist in the safeguarding of children.

Working as a Safeguarding Mentor you will be linked to one of our bases in Banbury or Oxford. You will manage the student caseloads for our vulnerable families, attend meetings, respond to disclosures and liaise with external agencies.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day work with children, young people, families, schools and external agencies, sometimes needing to have difficult conversations with parents/carers Your approach must be child-centred.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, calm, caring and professional with good attention to detail. You will need to be resilient, empathetic, supportive and motivated. Full training will be provided, but experience of working within the Keeping Children Safe in Education Framework is essential.

This is a key role within our college, but a demanding position and not for the faint-hearted. You will need to be resilient, a quick learner and able to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in this role. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated, solution-focussed team intent on achieving the best outcomes for vulnerable children.

Essential educational requirements

GCSE Maths and English

Essential qualifications

Working with children and or young people in either youth work or school settings

Essential skills and experience

Working within the Keeping Children safe in Education framework
Understand the importance of positive role modelling
Working with disaffected challenging and vulnerable young people
Ability to build positive relationships with young people, and their parents and work closely with individuals and organisations
Ability to resolve problems fairly and without prejudice and recognise discrimination in its many forms
Ability to work as a team member with a structured, organised approach to work
Ability to employ strategies to improve a young person’s self-esteem and self-worth through a co-ordinated programme.
Committed to safeguarding, child protection and promoting the welfare of children and young people
Must be well presented and well organised
Excellent communication and organisational skills
Ability to work hard under pressure while maintaining a positive, professional attitude

Employee benefits

Why work at Meadowbrook College?
Meadowbrook College staff are both professional and resilient.

There is a “can do” attitude that makes a real difference to the lives of our students; many of whom have become disengaged with education and lost the confidence to achieve their full potential

We offer a variety of opportunities for ongoing professional development for all staff

We are working in an ever-changing and expanding educational climate where the need for alternative provision solutions is increasing.

Our provision is always adapting and new opportunities are always evolving.

About Meadowbrook College

Located across five sites in Oxfordshire: Oxford, Banbury, Kidlington, Bicester and Abingdon, we are an Alternative Provision (AP) Academy that provides full and part-time education and support to over 150 aged 5-16 students who are excluded from, or are finding it difficult to fully access, their mainstream schools.

The Harlow Centre, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0PG
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