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Safeguarding Manager

Warwickshire Cricket (which comprises of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Warwickshire Cricket Board, and Edgbaston Foundation Charity) is looking to enhance its approach to safeguarding by appointing a safeguarding manager. The safeguarding manager will report into the Director of Sport and undertake the role 2 days a week The overall purpose of the role is to provide effective safeguarding leadership and management across Warwickshire Cricket with a clear sense of direction and purpose that assists at all levels to deliver our safeguarding strategy, policies, procedures, priorities, and aims.

Location
Edgbaston Cricket Ground, B5 7QU
Contact Name
Ravi Masih - Head of Community Engagement
Contact Email
foundation@edgbaston.com

About Safeguarding Manager

Areas of Warwickshire Cricket that the role is to support include:

  • Academy and County Age Groups
  • Major Match Day (All T20 matches and International matches held at Edgbaston)
  • Indoor Cricket Centre
  • Warwickshire Cricket Board programmes and events
  • Edgbaston Foundation programmes and events

Key Responsibilities:

Strategic/Senior Management Support

  • Lead on the delivery and further development of the clubs safeguarding strategy and procedures establishing a holistic approach
  • Ensure compliance with statutory obligations under relevant legislation, rules, regulations, standards and guidance as laid down by the local authorities, the governing body, and contractual obligations with third parties under which all Warwickshire Cricket entities are bound (i.e. Birmingham City Council, ECB, Chance to Shine, Lord's Taverners's etc.)
  • Proactively identify and mitigate safeguarding risks to individuals, staff, and across Warwickshire Cricket
  • Lead on the further development, implementation and regular review of Warwickshire Cricket's safeguarding policies and procedures and ensure that they meet statutory and governing body requirements and are aligned with best practice.
  • Support, advise and provide expertise to Senior Management and provide leadership in embedding and maintaining a culture whereby safeguarding is recognised as shared responsibility across all areas of work
  • Work closely with and report on a regular (weekly) basis to the Club's Senior Management team including the Head of Community Engagement (Edgbaston Foundation) and General Manager of Warwickshire Cricket Board
  • Work with colleagues, ECB, and other key partners to inform children and adults at risk about their rights and empower them to report concerns. Ensure contact details are readily available through club communications
  • Develop and maintain relationships with statutory and governing bodies (such as the Police, Children's Services, Local Safeguarding Children Board, Local Authority Designated Officer, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Teams, NSPCC, charity and partner safeguarding leads and the ECB)
  • Work with colleagues, governing bodies, and other key partners to ensure that there is a collaborative and cohesive approach to proactive prevention and awareness raising measures, and where appropriate, interventions and responding to issues

Administrative/Policies & Procedures

  • Monitor and identify all programmes and activities within Warwickshire Cricket with a view to ensuring the Club's safeguarding procedures and processes are implemented and remain best practice
  • Work closely with the Senior Management Team and Safeguarding Working Group to develop and implement safer recruitment and induction practices across Warwickshire Cricket
  • Be the first point of contact for staff, parents, children, adults at risk and, if appropriate, external agencies in regard to information or referral of safeguarding matters within the Warwickshire Cricket and maintain safeguarding referrals, concerns and incidents efficiently and effectively in line with statutory and governing body requirements. Ensure accurate records are kept
  • Request, log, and chase (ECB) DBS checks for both new starters and renewals. Keep accurate records on staff DBS
  • Have overall responsibility for the management of Warwickshire Cricket safeguarding cases. Where cases are referred onto the ECB, be the principal point of contact and the conduit for communication to senior management where appropriate
  • Review the ECB 'Safe Hands' policy and apply to club procedures where appropriate

Staff support/Matchday support/ Training & CPD

  • Lead on the development and delivery of Warwickshire Cricket's staff safeguarding development plan ensuring that all stakeholders receive regular education commensurate with the level of responsibility and engagement with children and/or adults at risk
  • Proactively promote and raise safeguarding awareness and safer working practices across Warwickshire Cricket
  • Give support, direction, and guidance to staff in respect of all safeguarding incidents, concerns, or allegations
  • Provide leadership and direction to the Safeguarding Working Group and designated departmental leads, giving regular reports and updates and facilitating regular Safeguarding Working Group meetings
  • Ensuring that Designated Departmental lead and Safeguarding Working Group members are sufficiently trained, supported and guided in leading safeguarding within their organisations, departments, areas of responsibility
  • Develop and implement safeguarding education specific to individual roles and responsibilities to ensure that staff develop and maintain the necessary skills and knowledge to safeguard children and adults at risk
  • Attend regular safeguarding training and keep abreast of current safeguarding issues, legislation, statutory guidance, and best practice
  • Refer staff to undertake ECB 'safe hands' courses as is appropriate for their roles/responsibilities
  • Be designated safeguarding lead on Matchdays for event control to address safeguarding issues and concerns (matchdays will include all International Cricket staged at Edgbaston, T20 Finals Day, and T20 matches)

Qualifications/experience

  • Suitable relevant subject/industry experience
  • Relevant and up to date safeguarding training/qualifications commensurate to requirements of the role
  • Previous safeguarding career experience preferably in sport or with a comparable organisation and role
  • Experience of providing safeguarding leadership and to hold teams accountable for delivering performance objectives that support organisational priorities
  • Safeguarding case management experience and sound understanding of the roles and responsibilities of statutory authorities
  • Experience in implementing safeguarding practices in diverse environments
  • Charity sector knowledge and experience desirable
  • Experience of working with children and vulnerable adults desirable
  • Post holder will be subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level required for the role

Attributes/personal skills

  • Evidence of person-centred approaches and an understanding of the rights, needs and best interests of children and adults at risk
  • Up to date knowledge of safeguarding best practice, research, and legislation
  • Knowledge of CPSU's standards of Child Protection of Children in Sport
  • Understanding of how to work safely with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills to effectively manage and deliver a diverse workload
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Self motivated and ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Highly motivated with a positive solution focused attitude
  • High integrity/personal responsibility with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential matters

IT/systems knowledge

  • Monitoring and Evaluation software
  • All primary Microsoft applications

Performance Targets

  • Development of a unified approach to safeguarding across Warwickshire Cricket
  • Consolidation of reporting procedures and communication channels
  • Accurate data management and record keeping unified across Warwickshire Cricket and across all departments
  • Staff training so that safeguarding is demonstrably embedded within the organisational culture
  • All other performance targets to be agreed upon appointment

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