Location
SportPark (Loughborough)
Department
Legal
Advertising Salary
£30,735 - £32,443 depdendent on skills and experience
Advertising End Date:
01 Oct 2023

About Us

Swim England is striving to create a happier, healthier and more successful nation through swimming and aquatic activity. We strive to inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them. As the recognised national governing body for swimming, artistic swimming, diving and water polo in England, we help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all our sports.

Each month millions of people are able to enjoy our sports and activities because they have been through our renowned Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway.

Ensuring people are safe in the water is of paramount importance to us and so we work closely with partners to keep water safety high on the national agenda.

At our heart Swim England is a membership organisation dedicated to supporting our clubs and members to develop and succeed. We maintain the laws of the sport and run world-class national events that are open to all competing members.

We also operate a comprehensive range of qualification and education programmes for teachers, coaches, officials and tutors.

Swim England is an incorporated company with charitable status. Our subsidiary businesses are wholly owned companies which are commercial – profits are passed up to Swim England for investment into our charitable aims.

Find out more about what it’s like to work with us and the Swim England family here and download a summary of our employee benefits here.

About The Role

We are seeking an experienced National Safeguarding Officer to join our team on a permanent full time basis (35 hours per week - Monday to Friday). The role will be based at our SportPark Office in Loughborough, Leicestershire with some flexibility to work from home. 

This is an exciting opportunity working within a busy safeguarding & welfare team which sits within the wider Legal department. The purpose of the role is to provide advice and guidance to Swim England and its subsidiary businesses on a wide range of child and adult safeguarding / welfare and protection issues.

Reporting to the Head of Safeguarding & Welfare, the responsibilities will include:

- Providing support and information to members and clubs on Swim England child safeguarding procedures and legislation
- Attending safeguarding meetings and working groups
- Working directly with others, to help communicate safeguarding practices, procedures and training
- Helping to implement and communicate safeguarding plans and policies to the wider Swim England family.
- Ensuring that best practice, new policies or guidance is communicated to Swim England Membership and the organisation as a whole.
- Assisting with providing safeguarding training to Swim England teams, clubs, and regions
 
If you are looking to wake up every day with a passion for making a difference to our aquatic community, then this could be your next role!
  
To find out more about the role, download the full Job Description and Person Specification document.

About You

The successful candidate must have:

- Previous experience of working in a similar role, within a safeguarding function.
- Previous experience of responding appropriately to a child safeguarding complaints and / or disclosures, considering the circumstances, audience and situation
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent IT, literacy and numeracy skills
- Be a positive and proactive team player
- Satisfactory DBS check (enhanced)
 
Previous experience of working at a similar level in organisations such as sports NGBs, local authority or charity organisations would be advantageous, in addition to having an expert and in depth understanding of child safeguarding legislation and practices.
 

The role requires candidates to undertake an enhancd DBS check and complete relevant safeguarding training. Please be aware that we will be following a safer recruitment process with regards to recruitment for this position.

Please include include a complete career history within your application with any gaps explained. If there are gaps please explain in your covering letter, as only candidates with complete work history will be shortlisted for interview.

 
If you feel you have the suitable skills and attributes for this position then we would like to hear from you.
 
Interviews to take place face to face at our SportPark office in Loughborough on Tuesday 10th October 2023.
 
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact [email protected] and we will put you in touch with the relevant hiring manager. 

Please be advised that we cannot offer visa sponsorship and that you must have right to work in the UK to apply or be considered for this role. If you are a non UK/EU National, you must have an appropriate working Visa to undertake employment. You must also be working within the UK to apply or be considered for this role, due to the public liability insurance Swim England holds.

Swim England is committed to inclusion and embracing the spirit of all equalities legislation. As a Disability Confident Employer, we actively encourage applications from disabled people. We recognise that the diversity of our workforce is not reflective of today’s society and we are currently operating a pilot scheme whereby applicants from ethnically diverse backgrounds can opt into our guaranteed interview scheme. Candidates that have opted into the scheme will be guaranteed an interview provided that they have demonstrated, within their application, that they meet the essential criteria for the role. When completing the application, applicants from ethnically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to ‘Opt In’ to the scheme, by ticking the box.

Where possible, Swim England will always make reasonable adjustments for accessibility to anyone who requires it. If you would like any of the documentation in a different format or would like to apply in a different way please get in touch via [email protected]. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, in line with the Equality Act 2010. However, the organisation may employ positive action where candidates from underrepresented groups can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

Swim England is also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

 
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