Safeguarding Officer

Hours: 37 hours per week, term-time only (including 5 training days) plus 5 additional days as directed by the Assistant Principal Designated Safeguarding Lead

Salary: Level 4, Point 14-22, £20,074.28 - £23,519.49 pro-rated (actual salary) per annum depending on experience

The Trust is seeking to appoint a Safeguarding Officer to its Safeguarding Team to be the first point of contact for any member of staff who has a concern about the safety and/or well-being of a learner, and for any learners who self-refer.

We are looking for someone who is kind and compassionate but has a relentless determination to ensure that children are kept safe. You will have experience of working with children and the safeguarding requirements of schools. You must have experience of working with vulnerable families and an excellent understanding of how outside agencies can assist in the safeguarding of children.

Working as a part of the Safeguarding Team you will manage the pupil caseloads for our vulnerable families, attend meetings, respond to disclosures and liaise with external agencies. You will be responsible for the day-to-day work with families, children and outside agencies, sometimes needing to have difficult conversations with parents/carers who do not understand why there is a concern or, in extreme cases, communicate with parents/carers who are trying to cover up ill-treatment of their child. Your approach must be child-centred.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, calm, caring, professional with good attention to detail. You will need to be resilient, empathetic, supportive and motivated. Full training will be given, but experience of working within Safeguarding of children is essential. This is a key role within our Trust, and the successful candidate will join a highly motivated, autonomous team intent on achieving the best outcomes for vulnerable children.

Closing Date: 12:00 Monday 20th January 2020. Please apply at the earliest opportunity. We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should we receive applications from outstanding candidates.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 28th of January 2020.

Previous applicants need not apply.

An Application Form and recruitment information can be downloaded from our website or requested by email from

Please return the completed Application Form either by email to or by post to the HR Department, Wootton Academy Trust, Hall End Road, Wootton, Bedfordshire, MK43 9HT.

Wootton Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Closing date
Monday 20 January 2020
School name
Wootton Academy Trust
Michael Gleeson
DfE school no.
Hall End Road Wootton Bedford Bedfordshire
MK43 9HT
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