Safeguarding and Wellbeing Officer

Bradford College

  • £29,241 - £30,943
  • West Yorkshire / Yorkshire
  • Permanent
  • Full Time
Posted 2 weeks ago

We are looking for a passionate and caring Safeguarding and Wellbeing Officer to join our fantastic Student Services department.

Our Safeguarding and Wellbeing Officers are instrumental in working with our students to transform lives. They assess and provide support for students and prospective students with safeguarding, mental health, and personal welfare challenges, including the provision of ‘early help’ and curriculum staff support.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing a first point of contact for staff and students with safeguarding and wellbeing concerns, including mental health at all off-site campus buildings
  • Liaising with curriculum staff and other support staff to ensure positive outcomes for service users, including retention, achievement and progression. This will include the negotiation of reasonable adjustments necessary to enable the students to overcome barriers to learning.
  • Signposting and referral of students to additional internal and external sources of support, providing advocacy where appropriate.
  • Contributing to the development and maintenance of a range of resources, both electronic and paper, which support the personal and social welfare of students.
  • Maintaining accurate timely and confidential records of interventions and reporting as required to the College Management Team.
  • Contributing to the day-to-day operational needs of the wider Student Services department including cover for sickness and annual leave where appropriate.
  • Working flexibly as a member of the College supporting colleagues and the general operation of the area and including weekend and evening work if required.
  • Attending and contributing to appropriate team meetings, staff development and marketing activities. Proactively engage with students in service evaluation and quality improvement
  • Supporting young people and vulnerable adults at risk of harm
  • Making appropriate referrals to statutory bodies and other internal and external services based on assessed needs and risk
  • Devising, coordinating and monitoring risk assessments and support plans and agreeing safety plans for students at ongoing risk of harm which maximise individual potential and achievement

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be learner and quality focused with a commitment to our vision of working together to transform lives. They should be able to contribute to our journey to Outstanding, creating a positive working and study environment, and, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion should be embedded within their core values.

 

Education & Training 

  • Safeguarding or Mental Health Qualification at Level 2 or above
  • GCSE 4 – 9 or equivalent level 2 qualification in Maths or be prepared to pass a test prior to interview to demonstrate level 2 ability and then if appointed achieve within an agreed timescale
  • GCSE 4 – 9 or equivalent level 2 qualification in English or be prepared to pass a test prior to interview to demonstrate level 2 ability and then if appointed achieve within an agreed timescale
  • Mental Health First Aid is desirable but not essential

Experience 

  • Experience of working in an education or youth work setting
  • Experience of supporting young people and/or vulnerable adults at risk of harm
  • Experience of working in partnership with external agencies, for example Children’s Services, CAMHS, Social Services, the Police
  • Experience of agreeing support plans with individuals and or parents/carers
  • Experience of working in a further/higher education institution is desirable but not essential

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early depending on the level of interest and number of applications so early application is advised.

 

Bradford College

At Bradford College our ambition is to transform the lives of our learners, help them to aim higher and support them to achieve their goals.

Located in the heart of Bradford, we offer a wide range of courses at varying levels, with something to suit everyone. Undergraduate to postgraduate and professional qualifications to distance learning and short community courses.

Our aim is to attract and retain knowledgeable, passionate and focused individuals who can inspire, motivate and support both learners and colleagues. With a can-do attitude and desire for continuous self-improvement, you could make a difference to the lives of everyone at Bradford College.

Benefits of working at Bradford College:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement – equivalent to 30 days holidays, plus bank holidays
  • Additional college closure days, including 2-week Christmas closure
  • Local government pension scheme, with a generous 18% employer contribution
  • Annual salary reviews
  • Career progression opportunities – 54% of all vacancies are filled internally
  • Free sports and gym facilities
  • Free wellbeing initiatives and access to our exclusive staff indoor and outdoor wellbeing space
  • Confidential employee assistance service and on-site mental health first aiders
  • Access to Bradford College benefits hub, offering retail, travel, leisure and dining discounts and cashback
  • Discounts on greener travel – cycle to work scheme & local MetroCard and Northern Rail discounts
  • Access to hair and beauty treatments in our student-led Signature Spa
  • On-site dining facilities, including our award-winning Grove restaurant
  • A host of training development opportunities
  • Fantastic campus facilities, a short walk to public transport links in the heart of the City of Culture 2025
  • The opportunity to work for an organisation that is truly committed creating a better future for all through education and training.

 

*If you have the drive to further develop your skills and abilities, you will be given the support and opportunities you need to enhance your career. This includes access to in-house training and CPD, professional and academic qualifications and mentoring.

Bradford College is committed to supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion amongst our staff and student body. We promote applications across all sections of the community, recognising the benefits a diverse workforce can bring and therefore particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in our workforce.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expect staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Pre-employment checks will be undertaken for this post including a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. Please note that social media checks will also be undertaken during the recruitment process.

Please be aware it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children and vulnerable adults.

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