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Overview of the job
This is a functional management job in an establishment. This can be either an operational or non operational post with line management responsibilities. If operational, please see technical requirements.
The job holder will be responsible for managing the Safeguarding Function. As a member of the senior management team, they will contribute and implement their Function’s objectives as defined in the establishment’s Business Plan.
All staff are expected to deliver a service to young people where they are provided with a fully integrated regime to meet their care, offending, education and health needs and that is compliant with Article 3.1 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).
All staff will work co-operatively, positively and in partnership to help deliver service excellence to the young people in our collective care; ensuring that the safety and wellbeing of young people is of paramount importance.
All Staff working within an under 18 YOI are expected to understand their responsibilities to protect and promote the welfare of children in their care and their duty to report concerns appropriately and appropriate child protection referrals are made.
Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
• Manage the achievement of qualitative and quantitative standards including supporting the delivery of the Service Level Agreement between the Youth Justice Board and the Directorate of Public Sector Prisons.
• Manage the achievement of qualitative and quantitative service standards that are compliant with the Youth Justice Board’s National Minimum Standards and the policy on Care and Management of Young People relevant to the area of functional responsibility.
• Ensure that all areas of work within function are discharged in compliance with Section 11 duty to safeguard and promote welfare under the Children Act 2004.
• Manage the delivery of the HMPPS/YJB operating specification by ensuring an establishment wide quality assurance process is in place. Accountable for ensuring that all areas of work within functions are discharged in compliance with the specification.
• Ensure that the quality assurance framework provides a regular review of delivery by bringing together quantitative management information with qualitative testing of delivery as set out in HMPPS/YJB operating specification Ensure all managers and staff within the function provide a respectful, safe decent environment for all young people and staff.
• Accountable for the performance of the function and the staff within it. Manage the achievement of qualitative and quantitative standards including Service Delivery Indicators (SDI’s) within the function, verifying and signing off documentation as appropriate. Analyses and acts upon data which is relevant to their function.
• Accountable for ensuring robust and effective procedures for young people engagements are in place.
• Accountable for completing Impact Assessments as required for the Single Equality Scheme.
• Ensure that all staff within your department contribute as required, and in line with the Casework Operating Model and associated policy documents, to the establishment wide multi-disciplinary casework model. This may be through a range of mediums, for example providing progress reports or attending sentence planning meetings.
• Ensure that the casework department links effectively with the Safeguarding department in the establishment to take all reasonable actions to reduce risk to young people.
Accountable for the integrity of the following systems, processes and management of all staff within the area. This includes:
• Child Protection
• Safer Custody
• The approved restraint syllabus
• Dedicated Local Authority Social Workers
• Accountable for ensuring the establishment complies with section 11 of the Children’s Act and will review all local child protection policies.
• Accountable for ensuring that the establishment has in place an annually reviewed safeguarding and child protection policy, which details a multi agency and multi disciplinary approach to safeguarding and child protection. The policy applies to all young people in the Secure Establishment and is approved by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
• Act as specialist advisor to the Senior Management Team (SMT) on safeguarding issues and represent the governor on external boards.
• Accountable for the preparation of reports for safeguarding meetings, ensuring meetings are attended by the attendees named in the TOR and the safeguarding policy.
• Accountable for ensuring the establishments’ approaches to safeguarding and child protection must include a clear process for learning which shall feed into any reviews and updates of safeguarding and child protection practice and includes a requirement to share learning with Providers.
• Accountable for the development of a strong relationship with the LSCB and involve it fully in scrutinising practice and offering support to provide improvements. To agree a Service Level Agreement between the LSCB and the establishment.
• Accountable for the quality assurance of the RAM (risk assessment and management) ACCT documentation.
• Responsible for reviewing all complaints concerning Young People held within the establishment for child protection concerns.
• Accountable for ensuring that work undertaken supports requirements of government legislation on child protection, including restraint minimisation and oversight of the approved restraint syllabus.
• Accountable for child protection referrals, based on evidence provided by a range of individuals within the establishment and other stakeholders. Is responsible for the appropriate action to be carried out, recorded and relevant learning and actions are implemented effectively ensuring independent scrutiny is applied to all cases by the LADO (local authority designated officer).
• Accountable for the development and implementation of a clear process for reporting safeguarding incidents or allegations to the child protection team and/or to the Local Authority’s designated officer and the YJB whenever a child protection concern is raised.
• Accountable for managing the child protection data for the establishment highlighting key trends, to the Governor, ensuring the CP cases are appropriately monitored, discussed and documented.