Head of Safeguarding – Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company, DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT

Posted on: Monday 22 August 2022

Orchard House and the Stables, Hall Lane, East Tuddenham, NR20 3LR

The Head of Safeguarding will create and foster a safeguarding culture across the Trust by being responsible for developing a strategy for implementing high quality safeguarding and pastoral provision across the Trusts.  This will include creating an environment in which all students are safe and well care for so that they can realise their individual potential across both in and outside school.

The postholder will be a member of the DoNESC central team and their work will involve supporting and providing advice and guidance to all DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT academies.  The postholder will report to Howard Nelson DoNESC CEO, Oliver Burwood DNEAT CEO and Richard Cranmer ST Benet’s MAT CEO.

The Head of Safeguarding is responsible for the strategic leadership of safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people across DoNESC, DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT.  They will support academies in their safeguarding and attendance strategies to ensure students attend school and schools remain safe.

They will oversee and influence practice to ensure compliance with safeguarding and pastoral practice across the Trust, reporting accordingly.  Fundamentally they will ensure that a culture of safeguarding and the implementation of safeguarding remains the Trust and our academies highest priority.

Benefits:                                 LGPS Contributory Pension Scheme, Health Shield membership, Hybrid Working Policy

Hours of Duty:                      37.5 hours per week/Hybrid Working Policy (27 days holiday per annum, plus                                                                           statutory bank holidays and discretionary Christmas holiday).

Salary scale:                          £40,053 – £60,000

Key Responsibilities and Duties


The postholder will:

  • Develop, deliver, and maintain the Trust’s safeguarding strategy ensuring all aspects of Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE) are delivered across our Academies
  • Ensure the implementation and the regular updating of Trust policies and procedures for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults accessing services provided by the Trust in line with statutory guidance and local arrangements as outlined by Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships (LSCPs).
  • Have full oversite of all incoming concerns, investigation, risk management and, supervision and expert advice to employees and officials and take appropriate action in response to safeguarding issues that arise. Attend LADO and MALM meetings accordingly.
  • Ensure the implementation and the regular updating of safeguarding training across the Academies in the Trust and monitor the quality and impact of training provided.
  • Responsible for development and implementation of online safety policies across DoNESC, DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT for safeguarding purposes
  • Run DSL networks across both Trusts
  • Support the on-going professional development of all staff, particularly Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) and Senior Leaders, within the Trust in relation to safeguarding and pupil wellbeing.
  • Develop, deliver, and embed training materials and systems that ensure all staff working in safeguarding know how to use the Trust Safeguarding system, TASC CURA and CPOMS.
  • Develop a network of safeguarding specialists to facilitate the sharing of good practice and corporate knowledge through schools supporting schools.
  • Lead the Trusts safeguarding quality assurance activities including undertaking annual safeguarding audits, SCR audits and record reviews, identifying improvement priories and remedial actions.
  • Develop and embed training and systems that ensure all staff working in safeguarding and pupil wellbeing have access to appropriate supervision.
  • Provide challenge, support and regular guidance to DSLs and Senior Leadership Teams in all our academies.
  • Act as DoNESC,  DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT DSL when liaising with schools and partners and when escalating incidents with Local Authorities.
  • Lead, develop and implement an effective mental health strategy
  • Provide specialist child protection support to academies and Senior Leaders within the Trust in managing complex cases and support with assessments where appropriate.
  • Maintain and report on safeguarding compliance and concerns to the DoNESC, DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT Boards and feedback to LGBs and senior leaders as required collate management information from all academies operating within the Trust, analyse trends and produce reports for the Directors, and Trustees with recommendations for improvements.
  • Conduct formal reviews of untoward safeguarding incidents that occur in academies operating within the Trust and develop a mechanism to capture and communicate ‘lessons learned’.
  • Project manage the Trust’s response to significant changes in legislation and statutory guidance relating to safeguarding ensuring that the Trust and all its academies are fully compliant in all areas relating to safeguarding.
  • Ensure that effective safeguarding due diligence is completed for any school considering joining the Trust.


  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a Trust wide attendance strategy, considering best practice both within the Trusts and outside the Trusts.
  • Working with school leaders to develop understanding and ensure delivery of best practice to support the welfare of all students including those identified with SEND and who are identified as Pupil Premium and CLA.
  • Review and contribute to the development elements of Academy pastoral and safeguarding plans as requested.

Executive Membership

  • As a member of the DoNESC Senior Leadership Team, the postholder will contribute and support the work of the DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT Central Team, providing expert knowledge and advice on their areas of responsibility, while contributing to wider strategic thinking and supporting the Senior Leadership of the Trusts.
  • The postholder will be expected to regularly attend and report to the DoNESC, DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT Board and attend DoNESC, DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT Senior Leadership Meetings.
  • The post holder will be expected to ensure safeguarding and pastoral priorities are built into all areas of Academy planning.
  • The postholder may also be asked attend and represent the trust at external training, national network meeting, meetings with RSC, Local Authority and other key stakeholders as required.

General Responsibilities

  • Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to inspire, advise and support others.
  • Promote teamwork, working in partnership to ensure effective working relations.
  • Treat all users of the Academies within the Trust with courtesy and consideration.
  • Be aware and always comply with equal opportunities and all Trust policies.
  • To assist with the development of policies and procedures as may be required outside own remit of role.
  • To maintain a presence in local and national professional networks and through these, and other means, ensure a continuous overview of appropriate policies and developments to keep abreast of current and best practice.
  • To produce, and respond to, complex correspondence from stakeholders and external agencies.
  • To participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • To always maintain confidentiality in respect of Trust-related matters and to prevent disclosure of confidential and sensitive information.
  • Other duties commensurate with the senior nature of the post as directed by the CEO’s.

Culture and ethos

  • Proactively promote and demonstrate the Diocese’s vision and values in all aspects of work
  • Challenge, motivate and empower others to set high aspirations and attain ambitious outcomes
  • Treat everyone as a valued individual who is loved by God
  • Promote and demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement which includes keeping abreast of educational developments and best management practice
  • Work collaboratively developing the concept of family across the Trusts and their academies
  • Ensure regular open and honest communication in all professional duties
  • Recognise the importance of serving the wider community and promoting inclusivity.
  • Undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the grade.

The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this job specification are indicative and may vary over time.  Postholders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.


Closing date: Friday 30 September 2022

How to apply

Please send your completed application form and covering letter to Jo Leach, Head of Human Resources, at jo.leach@donesc.org.


The safety and well-being of children is central to our ethos, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake the Independent Safeguarding Authority checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the Safeguarding Policy and child protection practices of the Trust.


DONESC has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its academies and in the employment of people. The post holder will ensure that the DONESC meets its statutory obligations in relation to all aspects of equalities legislation. This post involves regular travel around the Diocese and maybe some evening and weekend work. This job description is not an exhaustive document. It reflects the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing needs of DONESC.

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