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Safeguarding Support Officer - Full-time

The Whitstable School, Whitstable

  • Ref:KCC886-4091-437S
  • Posted:23/06/2022
  • Pay:Swale Academies Support Staff Pay Scheme
  • Start Date:End of August 2022
  • App Close Date:10/07/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:W/C 11th July 2022


Salary:£20,045 - £21,563 SAT 5 


37 hours a week

Full time

A new & exciting opportunity to appoint a Safeguarding Support Officer.

The purpose of the job will be to share the Trust’s commitment to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of all young people through having a knowledge of Government guidelines & safeguarding policies as appropriate within the school. The post holder will provide support to the safeguarding team with administration tasks required to safeguard the children & young people at the school.

Main duties:

  • Provide administrative support for the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) & the wider safeguarding team, & the nominated Governor for Safeguarding & Child Protection, including phone calls, emails & other communication
  • To respond to safeguarding concerns when required, liaising with students, parents/carers & external agencies when necessary
  • Provide support to the DSL for staff induction, which includes the school’s pupil behaviour policy, child protection policy, staff code of conduct & the safeguarding response to children who go missing from education

Candidates would need:

  • A DSL, level 3 qualification
  • Knowledge of safeguarding legislation, policy & practice relating to children at risk
  • A child-centred approach, able to maintain this perspective & use common sense
  • Ability to write concise reports & compile case file information
  • Good knowledge of data protection & confidentiality & the process to manage & protect information

Please visit www.thewhitstableschool.org.uk for more about our school.

This is an excellent opportunity to join our school.

In return, we offer a stimulating, supporting & rewarding working environment, where all staff are valued.

Additional benefits include:

  • Excellent on site facilities
  • Excellent CPD programme
  • Being part of a successful Trust
  • Local Government Pension Scheme – generous employer contribution
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Ride to Work Scheme
  • Kent Rewards Scheme – local & national retailer discounts
  • Employee Referral Recruitment Incentive
  • Generous Holiday entitlement of 25 days, bank holidays & a concessionary day at Christmas
  • Christmas closure 
  • Additional holiday for 5 years + service

Full details of the requirements of the post can be found in the accompanying recruitment pack.

If you are interested, please contact Kath Higgins, DSL at katherine.higgins@swale.at or 01227 931300.

Applications should be made via Kent Teach.   

If you experience any difficulty in completing the application form, please contact recruitment@swale.at  or 01795 426091.

In accordance with current GDPR compliance we will not keep any details/application forms on file once the position is filled.

Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children & young people & expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from ROA & will require an enhanced DBS disclosure

Information about the school

The Whitstable School is part of the Swale Academies Trust, a leading Multi-Academy Trust for school improvement, situated in the highly desirable location of Whitstable, Kent. Rated by Ofsted in February 2018 as a Good school, we are now embarking on the next stage of our journey to outstanding and are looking for exceptional and inspiring individuals to help us achieve this ambition.

Please visit www.thewhitstableschool.org.uk and our twitter page @TheWhitSchool for more about our school.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates must be willing to undergo an Enhanced DBS Check and references will be taken up. We are an Equal Opportunities employer and seek to reflect the diverse community we serve. Applications are welcome from anyone who meets the stated requirements; please note that we cannot accept CVs.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Ms Debbie Possee
  • Address:The Whitstable School, Bellevue Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1PX
  • Telephone: 01227 931300
  • Email: debbie.possee@swale.at


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).