Head of Safeguarding
Region
UK
Country / Territory
England
Location
London
Department
Corporate Headquarters
Job Category
Corporate Affairs
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Payband: SMPs Location: London Contract type: Indefinite Contract Department: Corporate HQ Candidates must have the right to in the UK to be considered for the role. Role closes on 28th April 2019
 
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Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

 

The Opportunity 

 The British Council is committed to keeping children safe, evidenced in our level 1 child safe organisation certification with Keeping Children Safe (KCS). We engage annually with millions of children worldwide in a wide range of activities, both digital and offline, including learning English, taking exams and participating in a broad span of programmes and projects. These activities are organised by our staff and implementing partners and delivered on or off British Council premises, involving frequent and intermittent contact including overnight stays.  


Protecting children that come into contact with the British Council, whether directly or through our partners is therefore a top priority reflected in a zero tolerance risk appetite for child protection. The global child protection team provides specialist advice and guidance across the organisation to prevent and respond to incidents of child abuse, helping to ensure child safe practice in all our work with children

This role will provide strategic direction for safeguarding across the British Council globally and ensure our approach, policies, procedures and organisational culture enable us to provide a safe environment for children and adults who come into contact with us.

To review the British Council’s current approaches to safeguarding adults and children in order to develop an appropriate, effective, efficient and proportionate overarching Safeguarding Strategy.  This will build on our highly professional and respected approach to child protection and associated procedures and practice.  

To implement changes once agreed with the Senior Leadership Team in order to ensure our overall safeguarding approach, policies and procedures are embedded across the organisation and appropriately supported from the centre.
 
To lead and manage the current Child Protection team, and future Safeguarding team which will include adults, ensuring the mitigation of risk and protection of individuals, groups, organisational reputation and corporate standing.


Main Opportunities:

  • The opportunity to help shape a safeguarding strategy which appropriately supports and protects a global cultural relations organisation, which aims to increase trust between the UK and other countries through working together and exchanging views and experience in the areas of education, English, arts and society. 
  • The opportunity to lead the delivery of an overarching and joined up safeguarding culture, environment and practices using the application of advisory, policy and sector expertise.  This will include keeping abreast with developing good practice in the international safeguarding community and applying it proportionally.
  • The challenge is to get this area of work right, whilst being proportionate and supportive of the organisation’s ambitions and within resource constraints, and meeting external requirements from the Charity Commission, DFID and other relevant bodies. 
  • The second challenge is, in the initial few months: to lead and manage a change agenda which will bring together the well-developed child protection function and the developing Adults at Risk function into one joined up and effective approach; to ensure that the systems, structures, policies and procedures are in place to support and that the transition is smooth.

ABOUT YOU;

  •  Senior experience in the safeguarding sector (must include adults and children); including international experience with a large organisation and different legal jurisdictions
  • Experience of leading teams and holding them accountable for delivering performance objectives that support corporate priorities
  • Change management experience (will require in the first year forming a new safeguarding team and implementing a safeguarding strategy and plan)
  • Experience of building and sustaining relationships across a complex organization to ensure support for and compliance with a safeguarding approach
  • Case management and investigative experience
 

 

For further information, please see the documents below.

 

.Role Profile.doc
British Council Behaviours.pdf

 

 

 

 

Our Equality Commitment:

 

 

 

 

 

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.    The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation.