Interim Head of Child Protection
Country / Territory
Corporate Headquarters
Job Category
Corporate Affairs
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Payband: SMPs Location: Londom Contract type: 12 month FTC Department: Corporate HQ Closing date 19th February 2019 at 23:59 UK Time. Candidates must have the right to in the UK to be considered for the role.


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 

You will provide global and strategic direction for child protection across the British Council to ensure delivery of a child safe and friendly organization and organizational culture. 

The role will  make a leadership contribution to the review of the British Council’s current approach to safeguarding adults and children in order to ensure that outcomes support delivery of an appropriate, effective, efficient and proportionate overarching Safeguarding Strategy


Main Duties:
  •  Ongoing leadership and management of the global child protection work plan ensuring current high standards and achievements, reflected, for example in attainment of level 1 KCS certification. 
  • Manage and provide professional leadership for the child protection function and global network through the safeguarding review that inspires trust and confidence and enables positive transformation. 
  • Hold child protection team members to account for delivering performance objectives consistent with corporate priorities 
  • Ensure the child protection team works cost effectively, efficiently and within the agreed budget allocation.
  • Lead on organizational child abuse allegations by ensuring robust case management including case tracking and recording, information sharing and referral with relevant competent authorities 
  • Contribute professional knowledge and political judgement to the Board and Senior Leadership Team and others, including partners and external agencies in the area of policy, practices and risks. 
  • Ensure quarterly accurate reporting of serious incidents to the Risk Committee and externally to the Charity Commission, Insurers and donors (e.g. DFID) to meet regulatory requirements and provide sufficient assurances. 
  • Lead on organisational preparation and response to external requests for information on (e.g. FOIs, parliamentary questions, subject access requests and media requests).
  • Produce a safeguarding implementation plan that sets out future and ongoing actions, recommended resources, training and/or further tools to develop for approval by the Senior Leadership Team.
  • Proactively build and sustain excellent relationships with internal partners and stakeholders, to ensure safeguarding is integrated and actively managed into 
  • business processes and systems. 
  • Champion safeguarding at the most senior levels to ensure the Senior Leadership Team, Global Leadership Team and Trustees recognise gaps, risks and key reputational issues. 



You will have:


  • Senior experience in the child protection sector; including international experience with a large organisation
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of safeguarding children in varied settings, preferably with experience of working in/adapting to differing legal jurisdictions
  • Change management experience
  • Proven record of accomplishment of strategy development and implementation
  • Case management and investigative experience
  •  Quality Assurance & Service Improvement experience
  • Excellent report writing skills 
  • Excellent presentation skills 
  • Training content development and delivery skills




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.