Working in a school can be one of the most rewarding, exhilarating and exciting experiences. We also recognise that it can be frustrating and hard work! We spend a considerable amount of time at work, so it is vital that we are in a place where we feel supported, fulfilled and can enjoy our working life. We believe we have this at Cleeve Meadow. Cleeve Meadow School is an ambitious and dynamic new SEND school providing a highly specialised education for 120 students between 11 and 19 years of age, who have moderate learning difficulties and may have associated additional needs. Our school is a place where traditional values meet innovation. We have staff who are passionate about the very best education for our young people. We aim to inspire learners to seek what they do not yet know. You will find our school has a thoroughly inclusive approach to all we do, celebrating varied successes of our incredible students. Together, working in partnership with parents and carers, we successfully foster and develop a positive attitude in our young people and a belief in achieving beyond their expectations.
The school is particularly distinctive from existing local provisions as it works in dual partnership with its co-located mainstream school, Cleeve Park, wherever possible to maximise inclusivity of SEN students to mainstream education and providing access to mainstream teaching and shared facilities. Staff also benefit from partnership working, shared professional development and career development opportunities. Cleeve Meadow aims to ensure that all students have the maximum opportunity to participate fully in society to enhance their life chances. The support and guidance students receive from staff will give them the confidence to learn independently and strive to achieve.
As our Safeguarding Officer you will be working as part of an experienced team who are passionate about ensuring the best possible life chances for our students through exceptional pastoral care. You will be maintaining the excellent relationships we have with our families and implementing an early help model to support those most in need. If you are seeking to be a positive influence on the lives of our young people as they work towards adulthood and a commitment to working with all of the professionals who support children and families, we are interested in hearing from you. We believe in fostering a supportive approach and have an open door policy for all staff. We have a strong commitment to staff wellbeing and see work/life balance as a vital element to a fulfilling career. You will be well supported in your role through TKAT and our SLT with also a weekly supervision session with an experienced mental health/social work professional. You will receive ongoing support and CPD opportunities across the school and wider TKAT family. Cleeve Meadow is an exceptionally happy place to work.
Significant experience of working with children and/or families
5 GCSE grades A-C/5-9, or other relevant qualifications (or equivalent experience/expertise)
Commitment to attend appropriate training and development, taking ownership of personal development and being willing to pursue development opportunities
Experience/working knowledge of child protection/safeguarding of children and young people
Experience/working knowledge of relevant practices/codes of practice/legislation
Experience of working with external agencies to support children and families
Experience of mentoring students and the ability to advocate on their behalf
Experience of supporting families who may be in crisis or need
Experience of successfully working with vulnerable young people and understanding their needs.
An awareness of policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection
Able to remain calm under pressure
Understanding of effective safeguarding principles and strategies
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to engage with young people, school staff and outside agencies
Ability to produce and maintain accurate and up to date records and reports
Experience of working as a designated safeguarding lead in an educational setting
Level 4 qualification, for example a diploma or degree in safeguarding/social work, or equivalent experience/expertise
Experience of working with young people with SEND
Wider knowledge of related areas e.g: SEND
High-level organisational skills
Ability to understand and analyse data
Competent in the use of standard software applications such as Bromcom, Google Drive and CPOMS
Full driving licence and their own transport
We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should we receive a significant number of applications. If you have not had any communication within 10 days of the closing date please take this as confirmation that on this occasion your application has not been successful.
Access to interview -should you be selected and invited to interview please let us know if you require us to adapt the interview environment. If we can accommodate practical workplace adjustments to assist, we will.
TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment will be subject to the full Safer Recruitment process, including an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
Our Commitment - Equal, Inclusive, Diverse
TKAT is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity by encouraging and welcoming differences, listening to individual experiences, aspirations and accomplishments and learning how to grow better together. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic; this includes applicants wishing to work flexibly.
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