Senior Safeguarding Officer and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Helena Romanes School, Dunmow
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Job Ref No. ECC5457-305S Position Type: School and Child Safety Pay Range: £37,410.02 - £40,089.87 Pro Rata (Point 34 - 37)
Position Start Date: 02/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time/Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 19/07/2024 Midday Date of Interviews: 23rd July 2024  

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Job Title: Senior Safeguarding Officer & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Location: Helena Romanes School, Essex

Salary: £37,410.02 - £40,089.87 Pro Rata (Point 34 - 37 on the LG Support Staff Scale)

Contract Type: 37 hours per week, term time only plus 1 week.

Closing Date: 19/07/24

Interview Date: 23/07/24

Start Date: 2nd September 2024


Helena Romanes is an age 4-18, all-through school situated in the historic town of Great Dunmow. In October 2023 the school was graded as 'Good' in all areas by Ofsted. In 2026, the school will be relocating to a state-of-the-art new building, constructed by the DfE, in Great Dunmow.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and committed individual to join the school's successful safeguarding team. The safeguarding of students is the key factor to ensure that all children at Helena Romanes feel safe and supported throughout their time at school, reducing any barriers to learning and wellbeing.

The Senior Safeguarding Officer & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) will assist the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in all matters of safeguarding and child protection across the school.

- They will be the main person responsible for the management of referred incidents to the school's safeguarding management information system.
- They will take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings, and contribute to the assessment of children.
- They will advise and support other members of staff on child welfare and child protection matters, and may liaise with relevant agencies such as the local authority and police.

We would love to hear from you if you are an inspirational, dynamic and creative individual who is committed to safeguarding young people, and who is looking to join a supportive and enthusiastic team in beautiful rural surroundings.

At Helena Romanes we value the personal attributes of hard work, kindness and empathy and we are looking for someone who can model these values to our students.

This is an exciting time to join the school:

● In September 2021, the school was designated as an all-through school for pupils aged 4-18 years and we are now only one of two all-through schools in Essex. We believe this puts us in a position to offer a unique educational experience to both students and staff who work at the school.

● We are working with the Department of Education to build a new, state-of-the-art school building on Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, which is set to open to the primary phase in 2025 and the secondary and sixth form phase in 2026.

● We are a member of the successful Saffron Academy Trust, a highly effective local trust led by Caroline Derbyshire, CEO. As members of the trust, we receive a comprehensive package of school improvement and there is regular networking and support between the trust's primary and secondary schools.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity, safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people.

We are situated in the beautiful North Essex countryside. It has good communications to London and the South East, and it is approximately 7 miles from Stansted Airport.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for further information and apply by application form which can be found on our school website www.helena-romanes.essex.sch.uk and send to Elle Ball (HR) eball@hrs.education

The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

The school reserves the right to interview candidates before the published closing date.

Information about the School

Helena Romanes School is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

We are committed to raising student achievement by providing a rich and challenging curriculum delivered by high quality staff. Excellent opportunities exist for professional development.

All applications must be made using our application form. Please visit www.helena-romanes.essex.sch.uk for more information

Visits to the school to meet with our students and staff are welcomed, Please contact Eleanor Ball, HR Officer to arrange a convenient appointment or to answer any questions that you may have. eball@hrs.education

Helena Romanes is a popular all through school situated in the beautiful North Essex countryside with good communications to London and the South East and is approximately 7 miles from Stansted Airport.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

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Eleanor Ball
Helena Romanes School
Parsonage Downs, Dunmow
Essex, CM6 2AU
Telephone: 01371 872560
Email: eball@hrs.education