District Safeguarding Officer
The Manchester and Stockport Methodist District consists of 133 churches, with about 8,000 members. A larger number are also part of the church community and many churches function as community buildings with multiple user groups.
The churches are grouped into 19 Circuits which cover a significant part of Greater Manchester and extend into Cheshire and Derbyshire; from Shaw and Royton in the North to Buxton in the South, Sale in the West and Glossop in the East.
A safeguarding structure has been in place for many years, in compliance with the Statutory Guidance Working Together 2018 and with Methodist Church Policy.
There is already a good level of commitment to protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults, but the Methodist Church continuously seeks to remain vigilant, to raise awareness of safeguarding, and to improve practices and decision making, thus ensuring that churches are safe places in which the mission of the church can be advanced.
To coordinate and oversee safeguarding, the Manchester and Stockport Methodist District employs a part-time District Safeguarding Officer, who works with and is supported by the District Safeguarding Group.
The District Safeguarding Group provides leadership and expertise to assist ministers and churches, with safeguarding and also arranges an extensive safeguarding training programme; the District Safeguarding Officer has a lead role in the coordination of this training.
Every Circuit and church is required to have a Safeguarding Policy, and appoint a Safeguarding Officer. These Safeguarding Officers work under the guidance and scrutiny of the District Safeguarding Officer and the District Safeguarding Group.
The District Safeguarding Officer takes a lead in managing a range of difficult situations. Serious incidents, though rare, need to be managed appropriately and this is part of the District Safeguarding Officer’s role, as well as general liaison with the relevant local authorities.
The District Safeguarding Officer is responsible to the District Chair and works closely with the District Safeguarding Group.
Professional casework supervision is provided by the Connexional Casework Supervisor.
Meetings between the District Safeguarding Officer and colleagues provide opportunities for support, development and training, including an annual two-day national conference.
The Manchester and Stockport Methodist District Office is based at the Wesley Centre, Hulme Manchester but the District Safeguarding Officer will work from home and will be required to travel throughout the District.
Hours: 23 hours per week, worked flexibly, including some evening and weekend work.
Salary: £23,849.48 per annum (£19.94 per hour).
Closing Date: 31st October 2018 (12 noon)